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Flames rally to beat Stars

Feb 17, 2011 - 6:38 AM
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Cory Sarich and Steve Staios both scored third- period goals as the Calgary Flames rallied to defeat the Dallas Stars, 4-2, at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Olli Jokinen and Tom Kostopoulos also tallied for the Flames, who have won two straight. Miikka Kiprusoff turned away 22-of-24 shots in the win.

Jamie Lagenbrunner and Mike Ribeiro potted goals for the falling Stars, who have lost three straight and nine of 11. Kari Lehtonen gave up four goals on 31 shots in the losing effort.

With the game knotted at two apiece heading into the final frame, Calgary lit the lamp just 2 1/2 minutes in on Sarich's rising slap shot, which banged off the crossbar and in.

The Flames added a short-handed insurance goal just 2:12 later on a rush led by Rene Bourque. He crossed the puck to Staios, who rifled a low shot into the cage for his second goal of the season.

"The shorthanded goal, we can't make that play, the game is in the balance and we have to be smart," Stars head coach Marc Crawford said.

From there, Calgary held on the rest of the way as Kiprusoff stopped 11 shots in the third.

"It was really important to have that good start in the third, because we kind of dropped off in the second," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. "We were fired up to get out there in the third, to get those two goals early is nice."

Calgary got on the board at the 4:14 mark of the first when Mark Giordano ripped a shot from just above the left circle. Jokinen altered the shot past Lehtonen's outstretched left leg for an early lead.

Jokinen was involved in the second goal of the game -- unfortunately it wasn't for his own team. Dallas was on the charge and Ribeiro sent what was meant to be a centering pass, however, it clipped off of Jokinen's skate and into the net for a 1-1 tie 7:21 into the middle frame.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead on another lucky bounce just past the midpoint of the same period. James Neal's shot from the inside part of the right circle was deflected by a stick and fluttered into the left circle, where Langenbrunner had a wide-open net to shoot at.

The Flames tied the game on the power play with 5:51 left in the second thanks to Kostopoulos' slapper from the right point.

Game Notes

Kiprusoff is 4-1-1 in his last six games against the Stars...Calgary is 6-0-2 in its last eight as the host...Calgary's Curtis Glencross had a five-game scoring streak halted. During the span he had six goals and three assists...Bourque had two assists in the win...The Stars were 0-2 on the power play, while Calgary went 1-for-3.

  • DALLAS: 2
    CALGARY: 4

    Feb 17 12:05 AM

  • Calgary Short-Handed Goal - Steve Staios (2), from Rene Bourque and Matt Stajan at 4:47.

    Stars 2, Flames 4  3rd - 15:13Feb 16 11:32 PM

  • Calgary Goal - Cory Sarich (3), from Mikael Backlund at 2:35.

    Stars 2, Flames 3  3rd - 17:25Feb 16 11:28 PM

  • DALLAS: 2
    CALGARY: 2
    End of 2nd

    Feb 16 11:06 PM

  • Calgary Power-Play Goal - Tom Kostopoulos (5), at 14:09.

    Stars 2, Flames 2  2nd - 5:51Feb 16 10:58 PM

  • Dallas Goal - Jamie Langenbrunner (6), at 10:47.

    Stars 2, Flames 1  2nd - 9:13Feb 16 10:49 PM

  • Dallas Goal - Mike Ribeiro (11), at 7:21.

    Stars 1, Flames 1  2nd - 12:39Feb 16 10:43 PM

  • DALLAS: 0
    CALGARY: 1
    End of 1st

    Feb 16 10:14 PM

  • Calgary Goal - Olli Jokinen (13), at 4:14.

    Stars 0, Flames 1  1st - 15:46Feb 16 9:47 PM

  • DALLAS: 0
    CALGARY: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

    Feb 16 9:39 PM
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