Mike Cammalleri scored on the powerplay just over 8 minutes into the first period to put the Flames up 1-0. It was his his 4th goal of the season, all of which have come against the Stars, and was in typical Cammy-style, fired from the knee in the circle.
The Stars answered with two goals in 58 seconds to start the 2nd period. Antoine Roussel and Reilly Smith gave Dallas a 2-1 lead and Ryan Garbutt added another with less than 5 minutes remaining in the period to put the Stars up by 2 goals.
As Flames fans seemed to be accepting the inevitable collapse that has happened too many times recently, the team turned things around in the final period… and in dramatic fashion.
Calgary tied the game 2:24 into the 3rd period after Roman Horak and Matt Stajan both netted their first goals of the the season. After some back-and forth play, unexpected off-season pick-up, Steve Bégin, put the Flames ahead for good with his first of the season on a gritty play in front of the net.
Begin’s goal was his first as a Flame and his first regular season NHL goal since he scored the winner for the Bruins in a Boston-Carolina game on April 10, 2010. Tonight, he got himself back on the stats sheet after fighting for position in front of the net and capitalizing on a blocked point shot. The puck popped to the side of the net, and Bégin spun around and fired it over Stars’ goalie, Richard Bachman.
The win was a sweet one for Calgary, who have definitely had their struggles recently. After two wins in two games, the Flames seem to have the Stars’ number for the first time in as long as I can remember, and thanks to Sportsnet’s Rob Kerr – who mentioned it no less than 3 times at the end of the game – I now know that the Flames became the first team since October 31, 2009 to beat the Stars after trailing at the end of the 2nd period. Thanks stats. That’s something I’ll never forget.
Seriously, is there any worse play-by-play guy in the league? (I guess that’s a post for another time)
Flames fans wont have long to enjoy tonight’s victory. The team flies to Phoenix tonight and will face the Coyotes tomorrow in the hockey mecca of Glendale, AZ.