Stars 3, Flames 2, SO
Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn gave the Dallas Stars another full
two points in their push to make the playoffs for the first time
Eriksson had a short-handed goal and added an assist in
regulation, then scored in a shootout in Dallas’ 3-2 victory over
the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.
”We haven’t been in the playoffs for a couple years,” Eriksson
said. ”Definitely, we need to step up here. We’ve been playing
really well lately. It’s so tight in the conference. Every game is
huge for us. We need to win every one here, so we have to keep
Benn scored on Dallas’ first attempt in the shootout, and
Eriksson connected on the second. The Stars have climbed to seventh
in the Western Conference, going 6-0-1 in their last seven
”We’re just playing simple hockey and coming together as a
group to win these games and that’s what we need right now,” Benn
said. ”Definitely, coming down the stretch, we need as many points
as we can get and we’re getting them.”
Michael Ryder added a power-play goal, and Kari Lehtonen made 36
saves and assisted on Eriksson’s goal.
”It was an exciting game and more work than last game against
the Oilers,” said Lehtonen, who made 19 saves Friday night in a
3-1 victory over Edmonton.
Curtis Glencross and Jarome Iginla scored for Calgary. The
Flames have lost two straight and three of their past four. By
gaining a point, they are three points behind San Jose for the
eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
”We’ve been walking a fine line,” defenseman Cory Sarich said.
”We’ve done a lot of really good things, but then it’s the couple
mistakes that bite you and then it’s kind of back to square one.
We’re trying our best to make sure we tip on the right side of that
line. It’s been a bit of a struggle.”
Calgary is 3-7 in shootouts.
”It hasn’t been easy losing those shootout games,” Iginla
said. ”I honestly do feel they can go either way. We need to keep
going, moving forward and work on getting the next game.”
Miikka Kiprusoff, who received a rare night off Friday when
Leland Irving was in net for Calgary’s 3-2 loss at Anaheim, stopped
Just past the 4-minute mark in the first period, the line of
Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Michael Cammalleri hemmed the Stars into
their own zone and produced several good scoring chances. Lehtonen
turned aside consecutive shots by Tanguay, Cory Sarich, Cammalleri
and Iginla to keep the game scoreless.
During a power play for Calgary, Lehtonen then stopped Iginla’s
slap shot and also denied Cammalleri from swatting in the
At the other end of the ice, Kiprusoff made a nice glove grab to
snag a shot by Radek Dvorak.
A short time later, Kiprusoff turned over the puck to Eriksson
behind his net. Eriksson sent the puck out to the slot, but
Kiprusoff was able to get back into position to deny Mike Ribiero’s
Early in the second period, Calgary forward Lance Bouma cut hard
to the net and directed a shot on goal that Lehtonen turned aside.
Bouma was then hit hard into the end boards by Dallas defenseman
Sheldon Souray. Bouma struggled to get to his feet, immediately
went to the dressing room and didn’t return to the game.
Glencross opened the scoring at 7:18 of the second with his 22nd
goal, tapping in a great behind-the-back feed from linemate David
With the Flames on a power play, Eriksson took a pass from Steve
Ott, skated into the Calgary zone and deked around Tanguay before
lifting a perfect backhand shot over Kiprusoff’s blocker for his
”I was planning to make a move on him and it worked real
well,” Eriksson said. ”It was nice to see that go in.”
Eriksson then set up Ryder for a power-play goal late in the
second period to put Dallas up 2-1. It was Ryder’s 28th goal of the
The Flames had a chance to tie it early in the third period when
Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas fell in the neutral zone to give
Iginla a clear-cut breakaway. While Iginla failed to capitalize on
the scoring attempt, he had a power-play goal a short time later
when he redirected a behind-the-back feed from Cammalleri past
Lehtonen. It was Iginla’s 25th of the season.
Early in overtime, Lehtonen turned aside shots by Calgary
defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and T.J. Brodie.
Then with Cammalleri in the penalty box for hooking, Kiprusoff
made a great glove grab to stop a point shot by Souray. Kiprusoff
then slid across his crease to make a chest save to stop a shot off
the stick of Ryder.
In the shootout, Benn and Eriksson scored, while Lehtonen
stopped Jokinen, and Tanguay hit the post.
Notes: With forward Blake Comeau out with an upper-body injury,
defenseman Anton Babchuk returned to Calgary’s lineup after missing
the past 18 games as a healthy scratch. … Glencross has scored
Calgary’s first goal of the game 11 times this season. … Ryder
ran his points streak to five games. He has five goals and two
assists in that span. … The Stars are 8-0-1 against Canadian