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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Stars

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

Benn, Seguin top Flames 7-3

CALGARY, AB -- Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin left the Calgary Flames seeing stars.

Benn had six points, four of them on goals by Seguin, as the Dallas Stars routed the Flames 7-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.

Matt Stajan scored twice while David Jones added a single in Calgary’s losing effort.

After managing just 13 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, the Flames came out flat, firing their first shot on Stars’ starter Kari Lehtonen 4:35 into the game. By the time the Flames recorded their second, Dallas was already up 1-0 on Stephane Robidas’ second of the season.

Reto Berra kept the Flames close, making 10 first period saves, but the Stars exploded in the second courtesy Benn and Seguin. The duo combined for three goals in a span of 7:13, chasing Berra from the game.

Karri Ramo didn’t fare much better in relief. Ramo was beat just 3:24 into his shift after Antoine Roussel sprang in Ryan Garbutt alone with the Flames goaltender to put Dallas up 5-0.

With his first, Stajan blasted a slap shot to halt Lehtonen’s back-to-back shutout bid at 15:01 of the middle frame.

But Seguin connected early in the third, burying a Valeri Nichushkin rebound 30 seconds in to put the Stars up 6-1. Benn collected an assist on the play.

Jones and Stajan, with his second, replied to bring Calgary to within three, but Seguin capped Dallas’ night with his fourth of the game at 16:21 to put the Stars up 7-3.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Taking a pass from David Jones at the Stars’ blue line, Stajan blasted a shot by Lehtonen’s glove to put the Flames on the board at 15:01 of the second period.

SAVE OF THE GAME

With the score 1-0 Berra kept the game close heading into the intermission, robbing Rich Peverley by flashing the glove with just 58.3 seconds remaining.

TURNING POINT

Two goals in 3:06 early in the second period put Calgary in the hole by three, a deficit they couldn’t dig themselves out of when the Stars piled on two more in the middle frame.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“For me, it's two spankings in a row that we get. Even though we got a point against San Jose, that point belongs to Reto Berra. Pure and simple. It's time for us to roll up our sleeves and go back to work. We need to show character. Right now, we're in a hole. We put ourselves in a hole. Now, we have to turn it around and find a way to find solutions as a group.”

-Bob Hartley

STAT OF THE GAME

In just his second game as a member of the Flames, Ladislav Smid had five hits and five blocked shots, tying him for the team-lead in both categories.

LINEUP NOTES

Lance Bouma and Derek Smith were healthy scratches against Dallas. Mark Giordano (broken ankle) and Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain) missed the game due to injury.

COMING UP

The Flames finish off a three-game home stand on Saturday when they host the Edmonton Oilers in the Battle of Alberta (8 p.m. MT, CBC).

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