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Flames Sneak a Win in Dallas

Posted 04 Nov 2009 — by admin
Category Dallas Stars, Iginla, Langkow, Overtime, Road, Win

The Calgary Flames made headlines today for their scandalous H1N1 vaccination controversy and then kept on sneaking around to get themselves a victory in Dallas.

After being called out by coach Brent Sutter for his lacklustre play, Jarome Iginla lead the Flames with 2 goals and 1 assist, including the game winner as they beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in overtime. Iggy opened the scoring for the Flames in the 2nd period and then set up Daymond Langkow for the tying goal with 49 seconds left in the 3rd period.

The day’s controversy continued for the Flames as they captialized on an obviously wrong penalty call in overtime. Dallas defenceman Niklas Grossman appeared to lift the puck over the glass from inside his own end, but on the replay it was clear that he was about a foot outside the blueline. Still, the call stood and Grossman went to the penalty box. Sixteen seconds later, Jarome Iginla ripped a slapshot past Stars goalie Marty Turco.

Despite getting the win and ending their 2-game losing streak, the Flames managed to slip back into their old habits while being pressured by the Stars. At times their play in their own end was sub-par and they showed signs that they have work to do. Instead of keeping possession of the puck and skating it out of their end, the Flames started to shoot the puck up the boards only to have the Dallas defencemen shoot it back on Curtis McElhinney. The Flames also reverted back to their habit of cycling the puck along the boards in the offensive zone while standing about 3 feet from each other. It’s easy to play defence against 3 players when they are shoulder to shoulder.

It was an important win for the Calgary Flames who will play 12 of their next 16 games on the road. They currently sit in 3rd place in the Northwest Division, 8th in the Western Conference and 13th in the NHL. Their next game is tomorrow night in St Louis.

Flames Back in 5th After Shutout in Minnesota

Posted 04 Apr 2009 — by admin
Category Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Playoff Race

After briefly regaining 3rd place in the Western Conference with a 2-1 win in Dallas, the Calgary Flames find themselves back in 5th place after being shutout 4-0 in Minnesota last night.

Due to ‘cap space issues’ the flames iced a roster of 16 players, minus some big names. Adrian Aucoin was out of the lineup, replaced by the much-cheaper, yet still effective, Adam Pardy. Cory Sarich and Robyn Regehr, who both have undisclosed, lower-body injuries, missed the game and were replaced by Matt Pelech and John Negrin who were called up from Quad Cities and Kootenay, respectively.

During the game, the broadcasters at Sportsnet West dubbed Calgary’s defencemen the “Baby Blueliners” noting that their average age was 24. Were it not for Jim Vandermeer’s 29 years and Jordan Leopold’s 28, that total would have been much lower.

But it wasn’t really the baby blueliners that were the problem for the Flames in Minnesota. It was a lack of flow in their game and no continuity in puck movement.

Apart from the fact that Calgary could not muster a single goal in the game, they had a hard time getting past the clogged centre ice area. Their passes were not as crisp as they should be and the puck bounced around on them too much. The fact that they couldn’t beat Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom kept the Flames from gaining any momentum in the game.

Calgary now finds themselves back in the bottom half of the playoff roster after having secured a playoff berth with their win in Dallas. Chicago will be heading to the post-season for the first time in 7 years also, after beating Nashville last night.

That leaves 3 spots open in the West. Columbus needs only 2 wins to secure their first-ever playoff spot, and are pretty much a shoo-in to be there. The last 2 spots will be filled by two of the following teams: Anaheim (86 pts), Nashville (85 pts), St. Louis (84 pts) or Minnesota (83 pts). Each of the last 4 teams could find themselves in the playoffs by putting together a win streak to finish the year.

Flames Beat Stars, Gain Some Breathing Room

Posted 18 Mar 2009 — by admin
Category Dallas Stars, Win, home

There are a few games every season that seem to have more importance than others. Sometimes it’s opening night. Sometimes it’s the last game of the regular season. Sometimes it’s the game following a blowout loss. This season the first home game after a dismal 7-game road trip seems to fit into the category of “important game”.
Stars Flames Hockey
The Calgary Flames delighted their fans and gave themselves a little breathing room atop the NW division with a 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars tonight. Eric Nystrom was the game’s hero and beneficiary of Dustin Boyd’s stretch play to keep the puck onside in Dallas’ end. Nystrom took Boyd’s pass and coolly shot the puck between Marty Turco’s pads to give the Flames their 2nd goal of the game and their 88th point of the season.

The entire team can be thanked for tonight’s victory, as it was truly a team win. The Flames “depth” players provided the offense tonight and everyone contributed in their own end. The Flames played much tighter defense and gave up fewer scoring chances – they only allowed a total of 19 shots against, allowing Miikka Kiprusoff to have a little rest as he tallied his 200th career win.

In fact, were it not for a 2nd period powerplay with about 10 shots, the Flames may have actually kept the Stars to fewer than 10 shots on goal all game. The Stars had 4 shots in the first period, 12 in the second and 3 in the third.

The win gives the Flames some breathing room in the race for 1st place in the NW division. Before their 7-game road trip, the Flames enjoyed an 11-point lead over the Vancouver Canucks. After beating Dallas last night, the Canucks had squeezed that lead to only 3 points. Tonight’s win gives the Flames a 5-point lead over the 2nd place Canucks. More importantly, the game gives a little buffer back, right as the Canucsk head out on their own 6-game road trip.

Flames vs. Stars Highlights

Posted 02 Dec 2008 — by admin
Category Dallas Stars, Highlights

Calgary wins in Dallas in Overtime

Posted 12 Oct 2007 — by admin
Category Dallas Stars, Road, Win

Calgary..3
Dallas….2


Matthew Lombardi scored twice, including the game winner in overtime as the Calgary Flames defeated the Dallas Stars for their first win of the 2007-2008 regular season.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
DAL: Modano A: Jokinen, Lehtinen
CGY: Iginla A: Tanguay, Conroy

2nd Period
DAL: Hagman A: Daley

3rd Period
CGY: Lombardi A: Yelle

Overtime
CGY: Lombardi

Stars Shine Brighter Than the Flames

Posted 18 Jan 2007 — by admin
Category Dallas Stars, Loss, Road

Calgary..2
Dallas….4

Game Highlights from YouTube


Marty Turco began his NHL career as a backup for two seasons to Ed Belfour, the Stanley Cup-winning goalie for the Dallas Stars.

While Turco hasn’t yet been able to match Belfour’s postseason success in four seasons since taking over as the starter, the three-time All-Star has caught his predecessor at the top of the Stars’ franchise victory list.

Turco stopped 18 shots and assisted on a goal Wednesday night as the Stars beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 for his 160th victory. Belfour won 160 games from 1997-2002.

“Just to be mentioned with him, the great career he had here, we all know what he represents to this organization, the one guy who brought us the Cup. It’s not bad company,” Turco said. “More than anything, I play to give our team a chance to win every night. But it certainly does feel good.”

Next week, Turco will take part in his third All-Star game. He will be a reserve for the Western Conference squad on the Stars’ home ice.

Turco’s assist came when he passed to Eric Lindros at center ice. Lindros pushed the puck to Stu Barnes, whose slap shot from the middle of the right circle went over Miikka Kiprusoff’s shoulder and into the net for his seventh goal and a crucial 3-1 lead.

It was Turco’s fourth assist, one short of the Stars’ season record for a goalie, set by Belfour five years ago.

“It’s not something I’m looking for every game, but it keeps the other team on their toes and gives us an advantage,” Turco said. “It was nice to see Stu come down and bury one.”

The injury-riddled Stars, playing their final home game before the All-Star game, got two goals from Jere Lehtinen – one in the first period and an empty-netter in the final minute of the game.

Joel Lundqvist, one of five rookies in the Dallas lineup and playing in his eighth NHL game, snapped a 1-1 tie in the second period. His first career goal, a rebound he pushed past Kiprusoff, came about 2 minutes before Barnes scored.

“I want to stay up here. If I have a bad game, I might be back in Iowa,” Lundqvist said.

Kristian Huselius and Stephane Yelle had goals for Calgary, which lost its second straight after a five-game winning streak. Kiprusoff stopped 20 shots in his 200th NHL game.

“It was a terrible first two periods. This was a team missing a majority of their top players. There were a lot of minor league guys out there,” Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr said. “We didn’t take advantage of that at all. You can’t play just one period and expect to win. We got outhustled. It’s pretty simple.”

The only other All-Star from Dallas is defenseman Philippe Boucher, scratched Wednesday night because of a facial injury sustained when he was struck in the face by a puck during a game two days earlier.

The Stars were already without injured players Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov, Brenden Morrow, Matthew Barnaby and Jeff Halpern.

“Every time we get continuity, another guy goes down. Its a situation where people are thrust into minutes and different roles,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “Our young guys have filled the void. … These guys are contributing quality minutes that determine outcomes of games.”

Yelle got the Flames within 3-2 with 8:18 left when he scored from the top of the left circle, getting the puck past the stretched-out Turco. Calgary had another chance, but couldn’t take advantage of a power play in the final 5 minutes.

Huselius had a power-play goal, his 20th of the season, in the first period.

Summary from NHL.com

Scoring Summary

1st Period
DAL:Lehtinen (13) A: Stefan, Eriksson
CGY: Huselius (20) A: Langkow, Phaneuf

2nd Period
DAL: Lundqvist (1) A: Tjarnqvist
DAL: Barnes (7) A: Lindros, Turco

3rd Period
CGY: Yelle (2) A: Ference, Amonte
DAL: Lehtinen (14) A: Robidas