FLAMES LIGHT UP STARS 7-4
CALGARY, AB -- On the night chosen to honour the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Winter Olympics, the Calgary Tower lit the famous flame.
The Calgary Flames did their part too, lighting the lamp seven times at the expense of the Dallas Stars at Scotiabank Saddledome Wednesday night.
Mike Cammalleri had a hat-trick, including his 200th career NHL goal, and an assist while four other Flames had multi-point nights as Calgary beat the Dallas Stars 7-4.
After Jay Bouwmeester opened the scoring just 3:11 into the game, Jiri Hudler made it 2-0 after finishing a tic-tac-toe play created by Dennis Wideman and Alex Tanguay at 6:44. The goal came less than a minute after a dazzling save from the paddle of Leland Irving off Ryan Garbutt to keep Calgary up 1-0.
Cammalleri then scored his first of the season after taking a cross-ice feed from Jarome Iginla, corralling the pass and burying it behind Stars starter Richard Bachman to make it 3-0 at 9:55.
Former Flames forward Eric Nystrom and Roman Cervenka, with his second of the season, traded goals before the period was up to give Calgary a 4-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
Brenden Morrow scored his first of two on the night, but Cammalleri struck again just 3:23 into the second. Corralling Mark Giordano’s wide shot off the boards, Lee Stempniak fed Cammalleri in the slot, who put the puck behind Bachman, who hadn’t scrambled into position.
Morrow’s second of the game 24 seconds later was answered by Curtis Glencross at 12:01. Sprung by Blair Jones, Iginla fed Glencross on a two-on-one who buried it behind Bachman to give Calgary a 6-3 edge.
Cody Eakin scored his first of the season over the shoulder of Irving to bring the Stars to within two, but it’s as close as they’d on the night after Cammalleri iced the game with his third of the night into an empty net.
GOAL & SAVE OF THE GAME
Up 1-0 and with the man advantage six minutes into the game, a turnover in Calgary’s zone ends up on the stick of Garbutt staring at a virtually empty net. Looking down and out, Irving dived to knock the puck out of mid-air.
Moments after the save, Hudler completed a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play from Tanguay and Wideman to give Calgary a 2-0 lead. The Flames would extend that lead to three.
In the span of 30 seconds, the Flames went from looking at a 1-1 tie to a two-goal lead thanks in part to Irving’s save and Hudler’s goal. With the momentum behind that swing, Calgary managed to pile on two more goals in the first period to coast to a 7-4 win.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
“Firstly and more importantly I think that we played some really good games on the road but we don’t’ like the results so far. It’s important to play well in front of your home crowd and your home fans. We liked the energy we brought tonight that way. With that came some offensive production which was nice and I’m sure everybody in the building enjoys that.”
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Iginla, with just two penalty minutes this season heading into the game, was ornery against Dallas. The Flames captain racked up seven penalty minutes by way of a fighting major and a coincidental roughing minor against the Stars. He also chipped two assists on the night, giving him eight points in 11 games this season.
The Flames remain without four regulars in Sven Baertschi (week-to-week, hip flexor), Mikael Backlund (indefinite, lower-body) and Miikka Kiprusoff (two weeks, lower body).
Derek Smith and Anton Babchuk were also scratched for Calgary.
The Flames close out their three-game home stand at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday against the St. Louis Blues (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).