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Flames win seventh straight, down Stars 3-1

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

DALLAS, TX -- Karri Ramo made 35 saves and the Calgary Flames won their seventh consecutive game by defeating the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday at American Airlines Center.

Sean Monahan, Dougie Hamilton and Mason Raymond had goals for Calgary (15-14-2), which has won 11 straight games in December, dating back to last year. The Flames have won consecutive road games for the first time this season.

Johnny Oduya had a first-period shorthanded goal for Dallas (23-7-2), which has lost two of its past three games.

Ramo's biggest save of the night came 5:35 into the third period when he made a spectacular windmill glove stop on a wrist shot from the slot by Alex Goligoski, who was attempting to score off a rebound after Ramo had denied Stars captain Jamie Benn.

Ramo also made a save on Benn's tap-in bid in front of the net at 10:03 during a power play.

Hamilton broke a 1-1 tie with 29 seconds left in the first period, snapping a shot from the right circle that hit the right post and beat Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

Oduya's fourth goal of the season and second in as many games came at 12:44 of the first period and gave the Stars an early lead. Oduya scored off a rebound after Ramo stopped Vernon Fiddler's wrist shot from the right circle. The goal came nine seconds after Cody Eakin was penalized for tripping.

But Calgary scored twice before the period ended.

Monahan tied the game at 15:29, capping a long rush up the left side by beating Lehtonen top shelf to the short side from the left circle for his 11th of the season. Hamilton put the Flames ahead 4:03 later with his fourth.

Raymond scored his third goal of the season when he beat Lehtonen top shelf to the far side with a wrist shot from the high slot with 2:30 remaining in the second period. Lehtonen was screened by Mikael Backlund and David Jones and didn't see Raymond's shot until it was too late.

Lehtonen finished with 24 saves before being lifted for an extra attacker with 2:30 remaining in the third period. The Stars managed only one shot on goal with the sixth skater.

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