CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Dallas Stars can stretch their
unbeaten streak to five games Monday night when they a four-game
road trip against the Calgary Flames.
Dallas has outscored its opponents, 13-4, in going 3-0-1 in its
last four contests. The Stars are just three points behind San
Jose for the lead in the Pacific Division.
On Saturday, Dallas improved to 20-6-5 in its last 31 contests
with a 3-1 home win over the St. Louis Blues. Stu Barnes and
Jere Lehtinen 27 seconds apart in the third period as the Stars
extended their franchise-record home unbeaten streak to 17
Captain Mike Modano hadd a goal and an assist for the Stars, who
play five of their final seven games away from home. Dallas
has a 13-18-5 road record.
Calgary, which is trying reach the playoffs for the first time
since the 1995-96 season, is sixth in the Western Conference,
four points ahead of Nashville.
The Flames had a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) snapped with
Saturday's 3-1 home loss to Nashville. Captain Jarome Iginla
scored his 38th goal, which tied with Columbus' Rick Nash for
second in the NHL, one behind behind Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk.
Iginla has seven goals and three assists in his last 11
After Nashville's Sergei Zholtok scored an empty-net goal with
2.5 seconds left in the third period, Flames coach Darryl Sutter
sent Krzysztof Oliwa and defensemen Robyn Regehr, Rhett
Warrener and Mike Commodore to the ice for the ensuing faceoff.
Before the game ended, several fights took place, with
goaltenders Tomas Vokoun of the Predators and Miikka Kiprusoff
among the brawlers.
On Sunday, Sutter was suspended two games for player selection
and team conduct, while Oliwa received a three-game ban for
abuse of officials. The Flames also were fined $50,000.
Dallas has won all three meetings Calgary this season and is
trying to sweep the Flames for the first time.