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Flames 3 Stars 2: Inside the Game

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

INSIDE THE GAME

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.

THE BIG SAVE: Niklas Hagman attempts to tie the game at three in the final minutes of play, and goes hard towards Joseph, releasing a quick wrist shot. The Flames netminder gets his stick on it deflecting it away and out of harms reach. Seconds later, traffic in front of the net leaves Joseph with no choice but to get his body down on the loose puck as players pile up around him all chipping at a chance to put the puck past him.
THE BIG HITS: Owen Nolan lines up Jere Lehtinen as the Dallas forward is fighting over the puck with Cory Sarich in the Flames' end. Nolan steam rolls the Stars' right winger with a heavy hit, completely leveling him at 19:45 of the middle frame. Just past the half way point of the third period, Robyn Regehr also uses his body to send Stephane Robidas tumbling into the Flames bench, which no doubt shakes up the Stars' blueliner.
THE TURNING POINT: 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. Iginla goes on to score the game winner in the final minutes of play.
QUOTABLE: "It probably was the longest one I had in my career, so I guess it's over with now and hopefully I don't have to wait another 16 games again to put it in." -- Flames' forward Alex Tanguay on his first period goal.

THE ROSTER: Flames forward David Moss missed his third game in a row with an ankle injury. The Flames healthy scratches were D Anders Eriksson and F Dustin Boyd.

WORTH NOTING: Prior to puck drop, the Flames and Stars paid tribute to Mickey Renaud, who passed away this Monday at the age of 19. Steve Ott, who was friends with Renaud, also honoured his former junior hockey teammate and wore a No.18 decal on his helmet for Renaud's jersey number with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL...Jarome Iginla and Stars Steve Ott dropped the gloves 52 seconds into the first and picked up where they left off last game. They both get a couple shots in, but when Iginla loses his balance and tumbles to the ice, Ott gets a few more up on the Flames' captain. But that wasn't going to stop Iginla as he proceeded to fight back until the refs quickly broke up the scrap...

BY THE NUMBERS: Alex Tanguay ends his 16 game scoreless drought with the Flames opening goal and third period goal. His last goal came back on Jan. 8 against the Phoenix Coyotes...Craig Conroy had three blocked shots...Niklas Hagman with five shots on goal...Win no. 447 for netminder Curtis Joseph (first with Flames)...53 face-off percentage for Stars...
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