GAME AT A GLANCE: The Calgary Flames needed to carry the momentum from Tuesday's 4-1 triumphant win over the Phoenix Coyotes into tonight's matchup against the Pacific Division leading Dallas Stars, and they did just that. They may not of dominated in shots on goal, but they battled hard through 60 minutes of play and stood behind Calgary netminder Curtis Joseph 110 per cent.
It was only Joseph's second outing with the Flames squad, but it appeared the new team jitters were gone as he went on to stop 29 of 31 fiery Dallas shots on goal for the 3-2 victory. The Flames defence also had a huge impact on the matchup tonight, blocking 14 shots before they could even make their way to the Flames' netminder.
Stars' goaltender Marty Turco, on the other hand, had an easier tight so to speak. Only facing 18 shots from the Flames, 11 of which game in the third, the red hot goaltender didn't see much action.
A physical game right off the drop of the puck with a toss-up between Flames' captain Jarome Iginla and Steve Ott.
Alex Tanguay gets the monkey off his back and ends his 16-game scoreless drought on a backhand shot just left of the Stars' netminder Marty Turco 13:29 in the first. It all starts with a simple wrister from Adrian Aucoin, which is redirected, but when Turco misses with the poke check, he leaves himself vulnerable to the Flames who are positioned on his doorstep.
A mere 16 seconds into the middle frame, the Stars put themselves on the board and tie the game at one. Niklas Hagman goes short side and fires a wrister beating Joseph, as the netminder leans too far right before Hagman releases the shot.
Flames' defenceman Cory Sarich with the alert play bailing out Joseph as a Dallas shot sneaks by only to have Sarich scoop it out before it slides past the goal line. Sarich then shuffles it out into open ice, where it's picked up by Tanguay, who races towards Turco, to score his second of the game. The goal comes shorthanded.
But the Flames lead doesn't last long as the Stars battle back and score 1:27 later on the power play. Mattias Norstrom lifts it top shelf to beat Joseph.
With less than three minutes remaining in the third, Daymond Langkow races down the ice to beat the Stars to the puck, he then feeds it to Jarome Iginla, who has positioned himself on Turco's doorstep. It's a quick and easy wrister from the Flames' captain that gives Calgary their third go-ahead goal of the night which ends up being the game winner.