Sunday, February 17, 2013
Calgary Flames 4, Dallas Stars 3
Stars once again unable to stop Calgary's offensive juggernaut.
DALLAS The Dallas Stars fell victim to one of the worst teams in the NHL once again, losing to the Calgary Flames 4-3 at the American Airlines Center. The loss was their second to Calgary in the last three games and dropped Dallas to 8-7-1 on the season. Calgary improved to 5-5-3.
After getting shellacked 7-4 in Calgary last week, Dallas seemed willing to replicate their failure when, at 8:11 of the first, the Flames' Michael Cammalleri scored a powerplay goal on a weak sharp angle shot that escaped Stars backup netminder richard Bachman for a 1-0 deficit. Cammalleri scored a hat trick in the previous game and has four goals on the season, all against the Stars.
Dallas pushed back in the second period, outshooting the Flames 22-12 and scoring three times. Dallas got on the board 1:51 into the second when Cody Eakin scored his third goal in as many games, then 58 seconds later rookie Reilly Smith scored his second in as many games to put Dallas up 2-1.
After killing two questionable penalties, Dallas once again scored on a counterpunch when Stephane Robidas' shot from the wing was collected and deposited in net by Ryan Garbutt for his third goal of the season and the 3-1 lead.
Unfortunately for Dallas, the ice was tilted Sunday night, as the Flames scored three quick and easy goals in the third. Roman Horak and Matt Stajan scored within 45 seconds of each other to open the period, thanks to some horrendous defending by Dallas, and Steve Begin added his first of the year at 10:30 on a goalmouth scramble to complete the comeback. Dallas had several opportunites at the end of the game to tie it, but their big guns, particularly Alex Goligoski and Jaromir Jagr, came up short.
Bachman was subpar in net for the third straight game and will likely take a back seat to rookie AHL callup Christopher Nilstorp until starter Kari Lehtonen returns from a groin injury. Bachman stopped just 22 of the 26 shots he faced, including just three of the six shots he faced in the third period. Flames backup netminder Joey MacDonald was slightly better, making 27 saves on 30 shots for his first win of the season.
Dallas' next game is Thursday night at the AAC against the 8-3-2 Vancouver Canucks.