Stars beat Flames in shootout, move up the standings

The Dallas Stars ran their points streak to seven games (6-0-1) with a 3-2 shootout win in Calgary Sunday. The two points moved the Stars into seventh place in the Western Conference and tied them in points with the Phoenix Coyotes, who still hold the Pacific Division lead based on having played one fewer game.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots and was 2-2 in the shootout. Loui Eriksson and one goal, one assist and scored in the shootout. Michael Ryder also scored for the Stars and Jamie Benn tallied in the shootout.

With the point, the Flames pulled to within three points of eighth-seeded San Jose, but the Sharks have two games in hand.

First period

The Flames outshot the Stars 13-9 in the period. Both goaltenders had big saves. Kari Lehtonen had a series of stops during a scramble in front of this net. Miikka Kiprusoff made a nice save on a point blank chance by Mike Ribeiro.

Calgary had the only two power plays of the periods, had three shots but couldn’t cash in.

Stars forward Steve Ott and Calgary’s Curtis Glencross dropped the gloves in the period.

Second period

The Flames opened the scoring at 7:18 of the second period. David Moss centered the puck from behind the goal line and Curtis Glencross slipped it past Kari Lehtonen to give Calgary a 1-0 lead.

Calgary went on its third power play of the game at the 13:19 mark, but the Stars struck shorthanded to tie the game. Loui Eriksson made a slick move to slip by Flames forward Alex Tanguay and then beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a backhand shot to tie the game 1-1 at 14:59 of the second.

Just moments after Lehtonen stopped Tim Jackman on a breakaway to keep it a tie game, the Stars went on their first power play of the evening and cashed in to take a 2-1 lead. Mike Ribeiro carried the puck into the Calgary zone, dished it off to Eriksson and he sent it to the front of the net, where Michael Ryder scored off the rebound of his own shot with 1:34 left in the period.

Third period

The Stars went on their second power play five minutes into the third, but couldn’t take advantage and extend their lead.

Just after killing off the power play, the Flames tied the game at 2-2. After a Stars turnover in their own end, Tanguay put a shot on net and Mike Cammalleri slipped the rebound to Jarome Iginla, who put the puck into the open side of the net at the 8:00 minute mark of the period.

Both goalies came up with big saves to keep it tied and send it into overtime. Lehtonen stopped Olli Jokinen’s point blank bid and Kiprusoff made a nice pad stop on Alex Goligoski blast from the slot late in the game.


The Stars went on a power play 2:11 into overtime when Cammalleri hooked Ryder as he tried to put a rebound into the open side of the net. The Stars had some good chances, but Kiprusoff made a glove save on a blast from Sheldon Souray and then stopped a shot by Ryder from the left circle just as the power play was expiring.

In the shootout, Jamie Benn and Eriksson scored for the Stars. Lehtonen stopped Jokinen and Tanguay.

Stars lineup








Lehtonen (starter)


Scratched: Pardy

Injured: Petersen (personal), Dowell (finger), Morrow (neck/back)