CALGARY, AB -- After a strong start to their night, the Calgary Flames fell 3-1 to the Dallas Stars on Thursday.
The Flames kicked off the scoring and looked they were going to have a great outing but after a solid first 30 minutes, the team found themselves fighting to get themselves back in the game.
"When you have a one-goal lead throughout the game, you want to lean on it," sighed Jay Bouwmeester. "We had a breakdown in the third, they score on the power play and that's kinda the way it's been going."
The first goal was a gift from captain to captain. While the Flames were on their second power play of the first period, Iginla put a hard wrist shot on net and the rebound went right to Brenden Morrow. Instead of sweeping the puck out of harms way, Morrow shot it right into his own net, giving Iginla his 25th goal of the year.
Mike Ribeiro evened the game up in the second frame with a highlight reel goal while the Stars were on a power play. The veteran banked the puck off Miikka Kiprusoff's pads with a between-the-legs backhand behind the goal line, earning himself his 12th tally of the season.
Jamie Benn put the Stars ahead by one early in the third period with a quick snap shot after a Flames giveaway right in front of Kiprusoff.
The Flames thought they had potted the equalizer with a mere 29 seconds left in regulation when Iginla snapped a hard shot from a sharp angle and it slid undernearth Marty Turco. Unfortunately, Turco's glove covered up any visibility of the puck crossing the line and after a lengthy review, the goal was disallowed.
"I'm 100 per cent sure it was an inch over," Niklas Hagman said of the disallowed tally. "I could see it. For sure it was in.
"When he shot it, I continued my motion and I stopped behind the net. I don't know if there was a whistle before or what but I definitely saw that the puck was over the line."
That was it for the Flames as Ribeiro added an empty-netter in the last 10 seconds.
The Flames play their last game before the Olympic break on Saturday when they clash with the Anaheim Ducks. The puck drops at 8:00 p.m. MST on CBC & The FAN 960.
|WHY THE FLAMES LOST |
|The Flames played a game that was eerily similiar to Tuesday's loss to the Senators. They had a strong first period, carried the play territorially and physically and played a disciplined style of hockey. Then, midway through the second frame, it began to unravel. Ribeiro's tying goal seemed to take all the energy out of the boys in red and they never recovered. |
|ROSTER NOTES |
|D Aaron Johnson and F Brian McGrattan were healthy scratches for the Flames. F Rene Bourque sat out with an undisclosed ailment. The Stars left out G Kari Lehtonen and F Brandon Segal. |
|TONIGHT'S DIGITS |
|25 - Goals for Iginla this season. |
7 - Shots for Iginla in 20:38 of ice time.
3 - Hits for Curtis Glencross, who led the Flames physically.
2 - Shots blocked by Ales Kotalik.
25:42 - Ice time for Jay Bouwmeester.
|"We had some chances. We had some power plays and we got the one on the power play but when you get 4:00 like that, at the start of the game, you can build a lot off it." - Bouwmeester on the Flames missed opportunity at the start of the first period when Loui Eriksson took a double minor for high-sticking. |
"I thought the referee on the side saw it too. But we should have done a better job before that. It's tough but I saw the replay and you can't see anything out of that." - Hagman on the disallowed goal.
"It's 1-1 going into the third at home, we've got to find ways to win that game." - Iginla on the loss.
|HARDEST WORKING FLAMES |
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|Jarome Iginla |
Scored his 25th of the season, led the team in shots with 7
| ||Christopher Higgins |
Came up huge for his team on the penalty kill, 4 shots on net
| ||Curtis Glencross |
Flawless in the faceoff circle, led the team in hits with 3