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Game Rush: Flames vs. Stars

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

4-3 SO

DALLAS, TX -- The Calgary Flames saw their goal scoring drought come to an end but lost their eighth straight game in a shootout in Texas.

"It was good for us to score some goals," Jay Bouwmeester told the FAN 960. "On the other hand, we made some errors, they had some bounces and there we go."

Dallas kicked off the scoring just 3:58 into the game when veteran Mike Modano scored his 10th of the year with a one-timer from the faceoff circle.

The Flames got a break shortly after the Stars goal. Calgary was given a 3:00 power play after Eric Nystrom dropped the gloves with defenseman Mark Fistric. Both men got 5:00 for fighting but when Fistric pulled Nystrom's helmet off, he swung it and hit the Flames forward in the head. His antics earned him not only a fighting major but a match penalty. Nystrom was also handed a unsportsmanlike conduct minor in the scrap but the Flames were able to gain the lead with the 3:00 man advantage.

First, Dion Phaneuf sent his patented howitzer threw a crowd and beat Cold Lake native Auld. The power play goal ended a 19 game scoreless span for the hulking defenseman.

Then, while still on the power play, Jarome Iginla broke his 11-game scoring slump by capitalizing on lackadaisical Stars penalty killers. The hometown team didn't notice Iginla moving into an open slot right in front of the net and none of the Stars bothered to cover him once he was parked in front. The captain was patient and was open when Dustin Boyd fed him the puck.

"It's something we've been working on the last little bit," Bouwmeester said of the Flames improved power play. "Just getting more opportunities and pucks to the net. It's good to get those and get some confidence."

Olli Jokinen gave the Flames a 3-1 lead in the second frame when he threw a Jamie Lundmark pass past Auld. It was Lundmark's second assist of the night, his first coming off Phaneuf's opening tally.

The Stars managed to draw even with a late second period goal from James Neal and then a 5-on-3 power play marker from Brad Richards in the third stanza.

"We allowed them to dictate the third (period)," said head coach Brent Sutter.

A frantic overtime, which saw the Stars go on a 5-on-3 power play in the dying seconds, wasn't enough to decide the winner so the game went to a shootout.

Both goaltenders were solid but the Stars managed to pick up the victory as Loui Eriksson scored the lone goal in the shootout. Jokinen, Lundmark and Iginla were all stopped by Auld.

"You've got to take out the positives," Bouwmeester said. "We realize tomorrow night we have to play a full game, play better and get the win."

Rene Bourque made a mental mistake in the third period, making a play with a broken stick, and the ensuing Stars power play gave Dallas enough life to finish off the game. If Bourque hadn't taken that call, it easily could have been a 3-2 regulation win for Calgary but that minor, coupled with the Bouwmeester charging call that came shortly after, was definitely a turning point for the Flames.

D Cory Sarich was scratched, meaning Aaron Johnson was inserted into the lineup for the first time since Jan. 2 when the Flames defeated the Maple Leafs by a score of 3-1. Forwards Nigel Dawes (undisclosed) and Craig Conroy were also scratched. On the Dallas side, F Tom Wandell and D Jeff Woywitka did not dress for the game.

11 - Games Iginla went without a goal. The captain now has 22 markers this season.

14 - Assists on the year for Mark Giordano, just 3 shy of his career-high 17 last season.

8 - Goals on the road for Jokinen. He has 11 this season.

2 - Slashing calls against Kiprusoff in the final 50.8 seconds of overtime. They were his first penalties this season.

"They told me to treat the game like a playoff game - be good defensively and work hard." - Mikael Backlund on the coaches advice going into the 2nd NHL game of his career.

"You can't give up goals like that." - Sutter on the Neal goal in the second period.

"Our goalie played well. You need that. It's the NHL - you need good goaltending." - Sutter on the positive aspects of the game.




Jarome Iginla
A great night for the captain with a goal and an assist
Olli Jokinen
Scored his 11th of the season, had 6 shots on net
Dion Phaneuf
Opened the scoring for Calgary, his best game in 2010

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