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Inginla injures leg in 3-2 loss

1/18/2004

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The Calgary Flames lost star forward
Jarome Iginla to an ankle injury. Then they lost a third-period
lead.

Jere Lehtinen and Jason Arnott scored late in the third period
Saturday night, rallying the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the
Flames.

"This does a lot for the morale of our team," said Dallas
captain Mike Modano, who played for the first time since being
sidelined for six games with a groin injury. "To be behind late in
the game and still find a way to win, that's always been a
trademark of our team for the past four, five years, find ways to
win, ways to get points."

Calgary lost captain and leading scorer Iginla to a left leg
injury after he got tangled up with Stars defenseman Richard
Matvichuk along the boards in the second period.

The severity of Iginla's injury was not known although Flames
coach and general manager Darryl Sutter remained optimistic.

"He tried in the third period, so obviously it's not too
serious," Sutter said.

Lehtinen tied it 2-2 at 12:00 of the third on a neat setup from
Pierre Turgeon.

Lehtinen's first shot from the high slot was stopped by Calgary
goaltender Roman Turek, but Turgeon scooped up the rebound and
flipped a pass back out to Lehtinen, who made good on his second
chance.

The game-winner from Arnott at 14:32 came off another rebound
after Turek stopped Stu Barnes' initial shot.

Turek was making his first start after missing three months with
a torn ligament in his right knee.

"Roman's been out for a little while so we wanted to get some
shots on him and make him play the puck," Modano said. "As the
game went on, we tried to do that and create some traffic."

Brenden Morrow got the other goal for Dallas. The Stars are
5-1-2 in their last eight games away from home.

The loss dropped Calgary into seventh place in the Western
Conference, one point behind Nashville.

Dallas led 1-0 after 20 minutes on Morrow's goal but lost the
lead in the second on goals by Chris Clark and Martin Gelinas three
minutes apart.

Calgary tied it at 12:15 with just two seconds left on a two-man
advantage.

Steven Reinprecht faked going behind the net and slipped a pass
to Clark, who one-timed a shot past Stars goaltender Marty Turco.

Gelinas put Calgary ahead 2-1 at 15:16 of the second when he
tipped Shean Donovan's shot through the pads of Turco.

"When you got a lead, you definitely want to keep the lead and
we didn't do that. We softened up in a couple of areas and it cost
us a hockey game," Calgary defenseman Jordan Leopold said.

Turek, who made 23 saves, could not be faulted on the game's
first goal at 18:52 of the first period.

Game notes
Calgary C Craig Conroy returned to the lineup after missing
19 games with a knee injury. Conroy was reunited with Donovan and
Gelinas, the Flames' best line before Conroy got hurt Dec. 5. ...
Injured Flames RW Chuck Kobasew is back practicing with the team.
Kobasew has missed eight games with a separated shoulder. ...
Dallas C Niko Kapanen has gone 28 games without a goal. Barnes has
just one in his last 25 games.