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Gaudreau scores in 2-1 loss to visiting Dallas

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

The Flames dropped the first tilt of a season-long seven-game homestand, falling 2-1 to the Dallas Stars Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Johnny Gaudreau had the lone marker for the Flames, while Mike Smith made 22 saves for the homeside.

Esa Lindell and Alexander Radulov scored for the Stars while Kari Lehtonen turned aside 29 of the 30 shots he faced.

With the loss, the Flames dropped to 5-6 on the season while the Stars improved to 6-5.

The Stars went 2-3 on the powerplay while the Flames failed to capitalize on two chances of their own.

Gaudreau added to his team-leading point total when he opened the scoring just before the midway point of the second period.

He carried the puck into the zone on 3-on-1 and snapped a wrister high, glove-side past Lehtonen.

It was Gaudreau's third goal of the season and his 13th point.

Lindell notched the game at one at the 16:54 mark of the second with a point blast on the powerplay that found its way through a maze of bodies and past Smith.

With Matt Stajan in the box for slashing in the third, Radulov wired home the game-winner from the right faceoff circle at the 12:50 mark. 

ONE-TIMERS

This is the first of three meetings between the clubs this season, with the remaining two games to be played in Big D … Mikael Backlund - who scored twice in the Flames loss to the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night - needs just two more goals to hit the 100 plateau for his career … Mike Smith was originally drafted by the Stars, playing for the better part of two seasons there (2006-2008) before being dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning … Then Phoenix Coyote Michael Stone made his NHL debut on Feb. 18, 2012 against the Stars.

RED RALLY

The Flames will host the Red Rally presented by Pizza 73 Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Join Flames players and members of the alumni such as Brian McGrattan, Curtis Glencross, Mike Commodore, and more for the ultimate fan experience.

This family-friendly event will be filled with interactive games, autograph signings, Flames open practice with head coach Glen Gulutzan mic'd up, Harvey the Hound meet and greets and autographs from 12 p.m.-1p.m., face painting, and other fun activities. Visit flamesredrally.com to purchase tickets.

As part of the ultimate fan weekend this Saturday and Sunday, the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena will visit the Scotiabank Saddledome. This interactive fan experience honors extraordinary players, teams, and unforgettable moments with an innovative museum, a first-of-its-kind virtual reality game, and on-site will be the Stanley Cup.

NEXT UP

The Flames host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals Sunday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome (7 p.m., TV: Sportsnet 360, Radio: Sportsnet960 The FAN). Come down early from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. before the tilt for food, drink and merchandise specials. You can get a 14 oz. domestic draught, 1 oz. highball, 6 oz. house wine, a cheeseburger or a pizza slice for just $5 each. As well, take an additional 10% of all regular-priced Fanattic merchandise.

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