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Flames complete comeback and down Stars in a shootout

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Johnny Gaudreau scored in the third period and the shootout to help the Calgary Flames rally for a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Mikael Backlund and Dougie Hamilton scored for the Flames (9-14-2), who trailed 3-0 midway through the second period. They have won five consecutive home games.

Jason Spezza, Cody Eakin and Mattias Janmark scored for the Stars (19-5-1). Dallas was 10-0-0 when leading after two periods.

Gaudreau stickhandled through the slot before putting a quick shot through the legs of Stars goaltender Antti Niemi in the second round of the shootout, and Sean Monahan beat Niemi to secure the win in the third.

Calgary began its rally early in the third period. After getting waved out of the faceoff circle, Backlund cut off Eakin's clean draw back to Stars defenceman Alex Goligoski and jammed his second rebound attempt by Niemi at 1:51.

Gaudreau scored his sixth of the season 1:10 later. Niemi denied TJ Brodie's initial shot and Sean Monahan's rebound attempt, but Gaudreau scored on a third opportunity to pull Calgary within one.

Hamilton completed the comeback with 2:18 remaining in the third when he took a pass from Monahan and put a shot over Niemi's glove to tie the game 3-3.

Jamie Benn hit the post 45 seconds into overtime, and Tyler Seguin was denied by Ramo seconds later, one of four saves.

Spezza struck early in the first. After an outlet pass from Jordie Benn, Spezza got a step on Flames defenceman Ladislav Smid and beat Ramo over the glove to put the Stars up 1-0 at 1:48.

Dallas doubled its lead with 3:32 remaining in the period. Ramo saved the initial point shot from Jyrki Jokipaaka, but the rebound went off Eakin's skate before Hamilton kicked it into his own net.

Janmark put the Stars up 3-0 at 11:16 of the second period during a delayed penalty. Janmark broke down the wing off the rush and continued behind the net to beat Ramo with a wraparound.

The goal came between two breakaway saves from Ramo, who denied Eakin at 10:30 and Jamie Benn's shorthanded attempt with 5:57 remaining in the period.

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