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Cammalleri's hat trick leads Flames past Stars

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

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Cammalleri's hat trick leads Flames past Stars
Dallas Stars 4, Calgary Flames 7
Three Stars of the Game
Mike Cammalleri
1st
G: 3Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 15:44
Jay Bouwmeester
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 26:10
Brenden Morrow
3rd
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 20:01

CALGARY – Still seeking his first goal of the season, Michael Cammalleri felt he was rounding into form before suffering a slightly torn hip flexor that forced him out of the Calgary Flames' lineup for three games.

He didn't hesitate to make up for lost time.

Cammalleri had a hat trick – including the 200th goal of his career – as part of a four-point night as the Flames earned a 7-4 victory against the Dallas Stars at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.

"A great coach I had once told me it's not like a faucet," Cammalleri said. "You can't just turn it on and off, so it's about trying to keep working at things and doing things the right way and then things eventually start working the way you want them to, and I think that's kind of been indicative of our whole group -- not just me."

The loss snaps Dallas' four-game winning streak, while ending Calgary's two-game skid.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan wasn't satisfied with his team's performance in the loss.

"We were soft. We were soft in the beginning, soft with our sticks, soft with our play," Gulutzan said. "I thought they played a solid game, but I didn't think they came guns a blazing. I thought we were just soft."

Scoring just two goals in back-to-back losses, the Flames wasted little time igniting their offense against Richard Bachman and the Stars.

After Bachman kicked out Cammalleri's initial shot, Jay Bouwmeester jumped on a loose puck in the rebound scramble and put it in the back of the net just 3:11 into the game.

After an incredible save by Calgary starter Leland Irving, the Flames added another.

Turning the puck over in their end while with the man-advantage, Irving was forced to make a diving paddle save. Heading up ice, Jiri Hudler finished a tic-tac-toe setup by Alex Tanguay and Dennis Wideman for the power-play marker at 6:44.

Cammalleri -- with his first of the year -- and former Flames' first-round pick Eric Nystrom exchanged goals before Calgary added its fourth before the period was out.

Keeping the puck in at the point, TJ Brodie worked the puck down to Tanguay, who found Roman Cervenka in the slot for his second career NHL goal with 2:42 remaining to give Calgary a 4-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

The teams traded three goals in the opening four minutes of the second period.

On the power play 45 seconds in, Jaromir Jagr fed Brenden Morrow on the doorstep, where he slipped the puck between Irving's legs to cut the lead to two.

Jarome Iginla, igniting his teammates, was involved in his first fight of the season as he dropped the gloves with Stars forward Antoine Roussel at 2:13 of the second period.

It sparked Cammalleri and the Flames.

Cammalleri, with his second of the night, restored the three-goal lead at 3:23. After a miscue in front of the Flames' net, Morrow poked his second under the glove and behind Irving to make it 5-3 just 24 seconds later.

Jamie Oleksiak, the tallest player in Stars' history (6-foot-7), recorded an assist on the play for his first career NHL point.

Curtis Glencross added Calgary's sixth at 12:01. Caught on a line change, Blair Jones upped the puck to Iginla, who fed Glencross for his fifth goal of the year.

The Stars tried to claw their way back into the game early in the third.

Circling behind the net, Michael Ryder fed Cody Eakin in the slot, who snapped a one-timer over the shoulder of Irving just 1:05 into the period to close the gap to 6-4.

Dallas had ample opportunity to climb to within one with eight minutes remaining. After stopping Jamie Benn's original shot from the slot, Irving managed to deny Jagr on the doorstep to preserve the two-goal lead. Eakin, looking for his second of the night, saw his shot with just under six minutes remaining blockered away by the Flames' goaltender.

"It just was that kind of game, up-and-down hockey," Jagr said. "We had no other choice to do it because we were down right away but every time we scored, they answered right away. We couldn't get it back. The best we could get back was two goals but every time we scored, they did. They just answer right away.

Rebounding in the third to stop 13 of 14 shots was big for his confidence, Irving felt.

"It was a battle for me through two periods," Irving said. "I felt sharp at times but I just didn't track it great through two periods but it felt good to just give the guys a chance in the third period."

Cammalleri hit the back of an empty net with 1:26 remaining in the game to complete the hat trick.

"I think a little bit of an offensive swagger always helps, a little bit of a confidence, a little bit of a feeling the puck's coming to you," Cammalleri said. "I think as a group you want to build something like this and make that expectation, not that you're going to score seven goals every night, but that we're capable of breaking games when we want to."

scoring summary
1st Period
03:11
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester (3) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (6), Lee Stempniak (3)
1 - 0 CGY
06:44
CGY
PPG - Jiri Hudler (4) ASST: Alex Tanguay (6), Dennis Wideman (6)
2 - 0 CGY
09:55
CGY
PPG - Mike Cammalleri (1) ASST: Jarome Iginla (6), Roman Cervenka (3)
3 - 0 CGY
12:42
DAL
Eric Nystrom (2) ASST: Vernon Fiddler (4), Ryan Garbutt (2)
3 - 1 CGY
17:18
CGY
Roman Cervenka (2) ASST: Alex Tanguay (7), TJ Brodie (4)
4 - 1 CGY
2nd Period
00:45
DAL
PPG - Brenden Morrow (2) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (6), Jamie Benn (5)
4 - 2 CGY
03:23
CGY
Mike Cammalleri (2) ASST: Lee Stempniak (4), Mark Giordano (2)
5 - 2 CGY
03:47
DAL
Brenden Morrow (3) ASST: Jamie Oleksiak (1), Jaromir Jagr (7)
5 - 3 CGY
12:01
CGY
Curtis Glencross (5) ASST: Jarome Iginla (7), Blair Jones (1)
6 - 3 CGY
3rd Period
01:05
DAL
PPG - Cody Eakin (1) ASST: Michael Ryder (2), Alex Goligoski (6)
6 - 4 CGY
18:34
CGY
EN - Mike Cammalleri (3) ASST: NONE
7 - 4 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
04:47
DAL
Trevor Daley  Tripping against  Blake Comeau
09:16
DAL
Alex Goligoski  Interference against  Blair Jones
19:41
CGY
Alex Tanguay  Interference against  Vernon Fiddler
2nd Period
02:13
DAL
Antoine Roussel  Fighting (maj) against  Jarome Iginla
02:13
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Fighting (maj) against  Antoine Roussel
14:22
CGY
Jiri Hudler  Hooking against  Loui Eriksson
18:12
CGY
Matt Stajan  Tripping against  Jaromir Jagr
19:13
CGY
Dennis Wideman  Delaying Game-Smothering puck
3rd Period
11:14
DAL
Trevor Daley  Roughing against  Jarome Iginla
11:14
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Trevor Daley
goalie stats
Richard Bachman
SA: 22TOI: 59:42
Saves: 16EV: 15 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .727SH: 0 - 0
Leland Irving
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1