The Dallas’ Stars four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night as they lost, 7-4, at Calgary. The loss also snapped a three-game road winning streak for the Stars. Brenden Morrow scored two goals, and Eric Nystrom and Cody Eakin also tallied. Richard Bachman got the start in goal and stopped 16 of 22 shots for the Stars, who dropped to 7-6-1 on the season. Mike Cammalleri scored three goals for the Flames, who improved to 4-4-3 on the season.
Flames take control early
The Flames took control of this game early, scoring three times in the first 9:55 of the game to build a 3-0 lead. Jay Bouwmeester scored off a scramble in front of the net 3:11 into the game. The Flames then scored on their first two power plays of the night to make it a 3-0 game. The Stars would never get closer than a two-goal deficit after that.
Stars’ back-to-back woes continue
The Stars fell to 0-4-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season and are 1-15-2 over the past two seasons. The Stars have been outscored 14-5 in those second games this season, and 64-29 over the past two seasons, excluding goals awarded for the shootout victories.
The Stars got off to a sluggish start in the game, falling behind 3-0 in the first 9:55 of the game.
Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester scored off a scramble in front of the Dallas net 3:11 of the game to make it a 1-0 game.
The Flames then scored two power play goals to increase their lead to 3-0. Not long after Flames goalie Leland Irving made a great save on a shorthanded bid by Ryan Garbutt, Jiri Hudler finished off a tic-tac-toe play at the 6:44 mark to make it 2-0.
Mike Cammalleri finished off a cross-ice pass from Jarome Iginla at the 9:55 mark and the Flames were up 3-0.
The Stars finally got on the board at the 12:42 mark when Vernon Fiddler backhanded a pass from the goal line to Eric Nystrom, who scored from the slot to cut Calgary’s lead to 3-1.
But the Flames struck again before the period was over. After the Stars coughed up the puck in their own zone, Alex Tanguay set up Roman Cervenka, who scored from the slot.
The Stars started the second period on the power play and cashed in quickly to make it a 4-2 game. Jamie Benn sent the puck to Jaromir Jagr at the goal line, and Jagr set up Brenden Morrow, who scored from the top of the crease at the 45 second mark.
Just over two minutes into the period Stars forward Antoine Roussel dropped the gloves with Flames captain Jarome Iginla.
The Flames made it a 5-2 game at the 3:23 mark when Cammalleri scored his second of the night, putting the puck past Stars goaltender Richard Bachman during a scramble around the Dallas net.
The Stars struck 24 seconds later when Irving couldn’t control a rebound and Morrow poked it into the net to make it a 5-3 game.
The next goal went to the Flames, who took advantage of a Dallas turnover at the Calgary blue line when Curtis Glencross finished off an odd-man rush at the 12:01 mark to make it a 6-3 game.
The Stars got a chance to crawl back into it when they went on a 59 second five-on-three power play with 47 seconds left in the second, but weren’t able to take advantage before the period expired.
The Stars cashed in on the five-on-four power play early in the third to cut the Calgary lead to 6-4. Michael Ryder circled behind the Flames net and set up Cody Eakin, who scored from the left circle at 1:05 mark of the third.
Irving had some big saves to keep the Stars from cutting the lead to one, stopping bids by Jagr and Eakin.
The Stars pulled Bachman late in the game for an extra attacker, but Cammalleri scored into an empty net for his third goal of the night to make it a 7-4 game.
Injured: Whitney (foot)
Scratched: Larsen, Vincour, Wandell