CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- After the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames each blew three-period leads, it was only fitting that
neither skated off with a victory.
Jere Lehtinen scored with 2:49 left in regulation, lifting the
Stars into a 3-3 tie with the Flames on Thursday night.
Nikko Kapanen worked the puck back to the blue line where Sergei
Zubov's rising shot deflected off the jersey of Lehtinen as he
skated through the slot. The puck changed directions and got past
fooled Flames goalie Roman Turek.
"We had some real good chances before that but Roman snuffed us
out and then we got a lucky one. Hey, we'll take it," said Stars
goalie Ron Tugnutt, who made 39 saves in a second straight start.
Dallas led 2-1 entering the third period, but goals less than
two minutes apart by Craig Conroy and Chris Clark gave the Flames
their first lead.
Clark tied it at 6:22 when he held off Stars defenseman Daryl
Sydor and took two hacks at Stephane Yelle's rebound and got it
past goalie Ron Tugnutt.
Then at 8:19, Conroy took a pass from Chris Drury and ripped a
shot over Tugnutt's glove and just under the crossbar.
"The effort was good tonight and we deserved a better fate,"
Flames coach Greg Gilbert said. "We outchanced them, we outshot
them. We had some grade `A' scoring opportunities that it would
have been nice to finish as it might have been a different game."
Jamie Wright also scored for Calgary, winless in four home games
this season. After dropping their first two games, the Flames have
points in five of six games.
"We did come back and battle back in the third period, but we
can't accept giving away points," Gilbert said. "We lost one
point tonight and we gave them one. It's something we have to get
better at, there's no question."
"We allowed them the opportunities and they fed off our
mistakes," Modano said of the third-period collapse. "On those
goals, the puck could have been smothered further up the ice rather
than having to recover and scramble in our own zone. It was a tough
third period for our team."
A brilliant rush by Modano late in the second period gave Dallas
a 2-1 lead.
The Flames tied it 1-1 on a gritty play by Clark. He slipped
between the Dallas defense and was hooked to the ice by Derian
Hatcher. As Clark was sliding face first on his stomach, he neatly
knocked the puck across to Wright who fired a perfect shot under
Wright had just returned to the lineup after missing all three
games on the Flames road trip because of a stomach virus.
Tugnutt got his second straight start ahead of Marty Turco and
turned in a stellar game finishing with 39 saves to improve to
The highlight of the opening period was a rousing fight between
the NHL's top two goal scorers last season.
Halfway through the period, Jarome Iginla and Bill Guerin
squared off in an energetic fight. Iginla finished with the upper
hand drawing a standing ovation from most of the crowd of 14,635.
"He took exception to a hit on (Marc) Savard and I don't mind
that," Guerin said. "I think that's a great quality to have in a
player and it's a good teammate."
Calgary rookie RW Chuck Kobasew was a healthy scratch for
the second game in a row. Joining him on the sidelines was LW Steve
Begin. ... The Dallas scratches were LW Scott Pellerin and C Jason
Arnott. Arnott has missed seven games with a sprained ankle injury
but is expected back within the next week.
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Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome Location: Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Terry Gregson, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Don Henderson
Attendance: 14,625 (75.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Rob DiMaio (4)
Assists: Niko Kapanen, Philippe Boucher
Jamie Wright (1)
Assists: Chris Clark, Stephane Yelle
Mike Modano (2)
Assists: Darryl Sydor, Derian Hatcher
Chris Clark (2)
Assists: Stephane Yelle, Robyn Regehr
Craig Conroy (3)
Assists: Chris Drury, Martin Gelinas
Jere Lehtinen (4)
Assists: Sergei Zubov, Niko Kapanen