The Dallas Stars’ road winning streak ended at eight games Friday night. The Calgary Flames beat the Stars 7-4, handing the Dallas its first road loss since December 11. The Stars also saw a five-game winning streak snapped and an eight-game points streak come to a halt. It was a rough night for goaltender Andrew Raycroft, who gave up seven goals on 19 shots. Brenden Morrow, Brad Richards, Nicklas Grossman and James Neal scored goals for the Stars. Mike Ribeiro had three assists.
“It was one of those games where you couldn’t make a mistake. Andrew Raycroft - who has been sensational this year - had a tough night. You throw that one out. There’s not much more you can do than that.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
“We’ve just got to get by it and look to the big game coming up on Monday. It was a good streak. We played a lot of good games, pulled some stuff out but it just wasn’t meant to be tonight.” – Stars center Brad Richards
*Friday’s loss was the Stars’ first in regulation since December 31 vs. Vancouver.
*Friday’s loss was their first on the road since December 11 at Phoenix.
*The seven goals against tied a season-high for the Stars. They allowed seven goals one other time this season (December 29 vs. Detroit).
*The Stars are now 18-2-0 when scoring four goals or more this season.
*Mike Ribeiro had three assists to run his points streak to 11 games (4 goals, 11 assists).
*Ribeiro is the first Star to register points in 11 straight games since Mike Modano did it from February 23 to March 15, 2000
*Jamie Benn picked up an assist to run his points streak to six games (4 goals, 5 assists).
*James Neal has seven goals in his last nine games.
Injured: Eriksson (flu), Woywitka (upper body), Sutherby (lower body), Petersen (leg)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
The Flames opened the scoring at 3:40 of the first period. Brendan Morrison got the rebound of his own shot and set up Alex Tanguay, who scored into the open side of the net from close range to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.
The Stars tied the game just under five minutes later. Mike Ribeiro sent a pass from behind the Calgary net to Brenden Morrow, who scored from the bottom of the left circle at the 8:34 mark.
The Stars made it a 2-1 game when Brad Richards carried the puck into the Calgary zone on an odd-man rush and roofed a shot over Calgary goalie Henrik Karlsson’s shoulder from the right circle at 12:12 of the first.
The Flames tied the game with 4:50 left in the period. After the Stars won a faceoff in the Calgary zone, the Flames got the puck back and Olli Jokinen scored off the rush, beating Andrew Raycroft with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Both teams had seven shots in the period and there were no penalties.
The Stars were without Loui Eriksson (flu), Jeff Woywitka (upper body) and Brian Sutherby (lower body). Matt Niskanen, Aaron Gagnon and Francis Wathier were all in for the Stars.
The Stars played a strong first half of the second period and created some good chances. Brenden Morrow hit a post with the Stars on their first power play. Later in the period Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson made a nice stop on a Morrow redirection of a nice setup by Mike Ribeiro.
But the Flames scored on their second shot of the period at the 11:51 mark to take a 3-2 lead in the game. Tim Jackman skated down the right wing, put a puck on net and Mikael Backlund tipped it into the net.
The Flames then scored on their fourth and fifth shots of the period to make it a 5-2 game. Those goals came 56 seconds apart.
During a scramble for a puck in the right circle, David Moss put the puck on net and it slipped by Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft at the 17:10 mark to make it 4-2.
Brenden Morrison scored on a two-on-one rush at 18:06 and the Flames had a 5-2 lead.
But the Stars bounced back with a goal in the final minute to pull to within two goals. A Nicklas Grossman shot from the point got by Karlsson with 48 seconds remaining.
The Stars made it a 5-4 game just 31 seconds into the third period when the Flames turned the puck over in their own zone, Jamie Langenbrunner hit the post and James Neal scored on the rebound.
But the Flames extended the lead to 6-4 at the 4:20 mark when Trevor Daley lost control of the puck, Jarome Iginla grabbed it, drove the net and put it past Andrew Raycroft to make it 6-4.
The Flames got their first power play of the game at 12:03 of the third and scored nine seconds into it when David Moss tallied off a rebound to make it a 7-4 game.