The Dallas Stars bounced back from Saturday night’s embarrassing loss to Chicago with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center Monday night. The victory snapped a four-game winless streak for the Stars. Loui Eriksson scored two goals and Erik Cole and Erik Nystrom also tallied for the Stars. Ray Whitney had two assists. Kari Lehtonen stopped 16 of 19 shots to pick up the victory in net.
Strong start key for Stars
The Stars got off to a strong start Monday, outscoring the Flames 3-0 over the first 20 minutes. The Stars, who outshot the Flames 12-5 in the period, got three goals in a 5:04 span from Erik Cole, Eric Nystrom and Loui Eriksson. Calgary didn’t register a shot for the first 8:05 of the game and their first shot came 1:50 into their first power play of the game.
Stars back to .500 at home
Monday’s win snapped the Stars three-game winless streak at home and pushed them back to the .500 mark at American Airlines Center (6-6-2). It was the Stars’ first home win since March 3, when the defeated St. Louis at the AAC.
The Stars came out with a strong push early and had a 6-0 shots advantage through the first six minutes of the game.
After killing off a Calgary power play, the Stars got a penalty shot when Antoine Roussel was pulled down on a breakaway after coming out of the penalty box. But Roussel’s shot on the penalty shot went wide.
The Stars continued to control through the play and scored with 6:53 left in the period when an Erik Cole shot from the right wing deflected off a Calgary defender’s skate and into the net.
The Stars came close to making it a 2-0 game a little more than a minute later, but Cody Eakin’s shot from the right circle bounced off the post.
The Stars did make it 2-0 with 4:11 left in the first period period when Roussel and Eric Nystrom created a chance off the rush and Nystrom scored on the rebound.
Less than a minute later Stars center Cody Eakin dropped the gloves with Flames captain Jarome Iginla.
The Stars extended their lead to 3-0 with 1:49 left in the first when Ray Whitney set up Loui Eriksson, who scored from the left circle.
The Stars went on their second power play of the game and almost made it a 4-0 game, but Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald made a great glove save on Brenden Morrow’s shot from just below the left circle with 10:07 left in the period.
The Flames went on the their second power play when Cody Eakin took an interference minor and the Flames immediately cashed in when Jiri Hudler tipped in a T.J. Brodie shot from the point at the 11:30 mark of the second.
The Flames went on another power play 95 seconds later when Jordie Benn was called for hooking and Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester scored off a backhand shot from the left circle to make it a 3-2 game at the 14:35 mark.
The teams traded power play chances early in the third, but neither team could take advantage.
The Stars extended their lead to 4-2 when Eriksson scored his second goal of the night, grabbing the rebound of a Jamie Benn shot off the rush and putting it past MacDonald from close range with 7:54 left in the game.
The Flames cut the lead to one with 4:46 remaining when Alex Tanguay broke in alone on net and slipped a backhand shot past Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
The Flames pulled MacDonald for the extra attacker with about 90 seconds left, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
Injured: Larsen (illness), Garbutt (hand), Rome (foot)