FINAL
PIT
4
BUF
3
FINAL
LAK
2
CHI
3
FINAL
BOS
3
WPG
2
FINAL
CGY
4
DAL
3
FINAL
DET
2
MIN
3
FINAL
WSH
1
NYR
2
FINAL SO
STL
4
VAN
3
CGY
19-25-4
DAL
22-22-4

26 SOG
30 SOG

Flames rally in third to beat Stars, 4-3

Steve Hunt  - NHL.com Correspondent | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

DALLAS -- After surrendering three unanswered goals in the second period, the Calgary Flames erupted for three unanswered of their own in the third to hand the Dallas Stars a 4-3 defeat before 17,340 fans at American Airlines Center on Sunday.

"We showed lots of character. I'm very proud of our players. We had a good talk after the second period," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "I told them if we want to build some foundation to be a playoff team, it's games like this that we need to win. Those are good wins. We're starting a two-game road trip. We're heading to Phoenix with plenty of smiles."

In that decisive final 20 minutes, Calgary got goals from Roman Horak, Matt Stajan and Steve Begin, who all scored for the first time this season. The Flames also received a 27-save performance from Joey MacDonald, who made his first start since joining the team on Feb. 13. It was also MacDonald's first NHL start since March of last year, when he was with Detroit.

"Joey played good. I thought that he was calm. That's what veteran goalies bring," Hartley said. "He had a great first period, then we gave those three quick goals. I don't think that he could have done much on any of those goals. But he stayed focused in the game just like the rest of our team."

Richard Bachman stopped 22 of the 26 shots he faced for Dallas in a losing effort.

"I thought he [Bachman] made some big saves," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "All three goals were rebound goals, with no coverage."

The Flames took an early 1-0 lead when Michael Cammalleri netted his fourth goal in two games against Dallas this season just 8:11 into the game. Shooting from one knee from just inside the right circle, Cammalleri's wrister sailed over Bachman's right shoulder for a power-play tally.

After trailing 1-0 at the first intermission, Dallas took a 2-1 lead with goals by Cody Eakin and Reilly Smith just 56 seconds apart early in the second period. After the Stars began the period on the power play, Eakin tied it at 1-1 with a 45-foot wrister that beat MacDonald short side as he was screened by Dallas forward Antoine Rousssel.

Smith then netted his second career tally and second in as many nights, lifting a backhand into the left side of the Calgary net at 2:47. The Stars' rookie had initially collected a rebound off a long-range shot by Derek Roy and after his initial attempt was denied by MacDonald, Smith was able to put it home to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.

The Stars added a third unanswered tally late in the second when Ryan Garbutt netted his third goal of the season off a rebound at 15:23. Garbutt had laid the puck off to Robidas as the two were streaking up the ice and after Robidas' initial shot was stopped by MacDonald, Garbutt collected the rebound at the far post for an easy tap-in to make it 3-1.

Dallas finished the second period with a season-high 22 shots. The Stars played the final period with just five healthy defensemen after Trevor Daley was unable to return after suffering an upper-body injury late in the second.

"It's a different dimension," Gulutzan said of having only five defensemen in the third. "You don't get the same matchups because you're rolling five. You have to switch partners. But the mistakes were the mistakes and you can't make those mistakes."

However, Calgary tied the game early in the third with a pair of goals within 45 seconds. Horak beat Bachman with a wrister at 1:39 of the third after the Dallas netminder had made a pad save on a shot by Jay Bouwmeester. Horak then flicked the ensuing carom into the right side of the Dallas net to make it 3-2.

Stajan then tied it at 2:24 with a 15-foot snap that Bachman had little chance of stopping. Curtis Glencross started the play from behind the Dallas goal by flipping the puck to Lee Stempniak, who was in front of the crease. Stempniak then fed Stajan for the easy goal.

The Flames then took the lead at 10:30 of the third, when Begin netted his first of the season, beating Bachman to his left with a wrister. Chris Butler had taken a slap shot from near the blue line, but that blast was deflected with the carom falling to Begin, who quickly converted to make it 4-3. It was Begin's first regular-season goal since May 1, 2010 when he was with Boston.

"Steve is a true soldier. He's ready to battle. He's ready to fight. What you see from Steve Begin is what you get -- a real loyal player," Hartley said. "He's going to go for his teammates. He's going to go hard for the entire team, and it couldn't happen to a better guy tonight to get the game-winning goal."

1st2nd3rdT
CGY
DAL
Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:11CGY PPG - Mike Cammalleri (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (8), Dennis Wideman (7) 1 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
01:51DAL Antoine Roussel (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Cody Eakin (7), Michael Ryder (5) 1 - 1 Tie
02:47DAL Reilly Smith (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Derek Roy (8), Loui Eriksson (5) 2 - 1 DAL
15:23DAL Ryan Garbutt (3) Snap shot - ASST: Stephane Robidas (6) 3 - 1 DAL
3rd Period
01:39CGY Roman Horak (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (4), Roman Cervenka (4) 3 - 2 DAL
02:24CGY Matt Stajan (1) Snap shot - ASST: Lee Stempniak (5), Curtis Glencross (3) 3 - 3 Tie
10:30CGY Steve Begin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Butler (1), Blake Comeau (2) 4 - 3 CGY
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Stajan
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:35
Ryan Garbutt
2nd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 5
+/-: 1TOI: 8:20
Jay Bouwmeester
3rd
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 28:15
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:17DAL Ryan Garbutt  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Begin
02:17CGY Steve Begin  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Garbutt
06:05DAL Brenden Dillon  Interference against  Jarome Iginla
07:46DAL Stephane Robidas  Holding against  Jarome Iginla
09:57CGY Chris Butler  Tripping against  Michael Ryder
16:43DAL Jaromir Jagr  Hooking against  Mark Giordano
18:55CGY Jay Bouwmeester  Tripping against  Jaromir Jagr
2nd Period
03:06DAL Cody Eakin  Tripping against  Curtis Glencross
07:58DAL Loui Eriksson  Hooking against  Dennis Wideman
11:53CGY Mark Giordano  Tripping against  Antoine Roussel
3rd Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodCGYDAL
1st84
2nd1222
3rd64
Total2630
Team Stats
CategoryCGYDAL
Power Plays1/50/3
Hits2825
Faceoff Wins3232
Giveaways67
Takeaways52
Blocked Shots159
Penalty Minutes1115
  • CALGARY
  • DALLAS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. BouwmeesterD0114228:15
5M. GiordanoD0002223:23
7T. BrodieD00-10019:02
10R. CervenkaC0100013:51
12J. IginlaR0001017:50
13M. CammalleriC10-14017:24
15T. JackmanR001008:34
17B. ComeauL0110011:04
18M. StajanC1002014:35
20C. GlencrossL0104020:19
22L. StempniakR01-11014:12
24J. HudlerC0002017:38
25S. BeginL101158:10
26D. WidemanD0113027:59
33A. BabchukD00-2007:18
40A. TanguayL01-11020:34
44C. ButlerD0110214:09
51R. HorakC100109:47
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35J. MacDonald2730.90059:56
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3S. RobidasD0122220:50
4B. DillonD0022223:49
6T. DaleyD0010015:06
10B. MorrowL00-14018:11
11D. RoyC0115018:58
14J. BennL00-12019:40
18R. SmithR1012011:13
20C. EakinC01-12211:41
21L. ErikssonR0102220:09
24E. NystromL0011011:28
27A. RomeD00-20018:38
33A. GoligoskiD00-21020:58
36P. LarsenD00-11020:05
38V. FiddlerC0010011:31
40R. GarbuttL101158:20
60A. RousselL1001010:05
68J. JagrR00-23218:00
73M. RyderR0101014:29
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31R. Bachman2226.84658:24