NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Calgary|
(Tuesday, December 2nd)
Final Score: Dallas 3, Calgary 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Fabian Brunnstrom's second-period tally proved
to be the game-winner, as the Dallas Stars defeated the Calgary Flames, 3-1,
at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Toby Petersen and Loui Eriksson also scored for the Stars, who won consecutive
games for the first time all season. Marty Turco, who entered play with a
dreadful 3.61 goals-against average and poor .868 save percentage, made 36
saves for Dallas.
"We'll take it, some guys played very well tonight," said Dallas head coach
Dave Tippett. "Turco was excellent in goal. I thought Toby Petersen was
excellent throughout the game, it was just a very good team win. We found a
way to win in a very adverse situation with injuries and the controversy that
surrounds our team today."
Before the game, the National Hockey League suspended Dallas forward Sean
Avery indefinitely, pending a hearing with commissioner Gary Bettman. The
renowned pest and antagonist was disciplined due to inappropriate public
comments he made to the local Calgary media on Tuesday morning that did not
pertain to the game.
During a television interview, Avery used a rude term about his ex-girlfriends
dating other players in the league. Avery was linked romantically to model
Rachel Hunter, and his ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert, best known for
her role on the Fox show "24", is dating Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
"My thought is it was a very disrespectful comment," said Phaneuf. "The league
took action and I definitely agree with the way they took action."
David Moss had the lone goal and Miikka Kiprusoff, who has started every game
this season but one, allowed two goals on 22 shots for Calgary, which had a
three-game winning streak snapped.
"I think we did have the opportunities," said Calgary head coach Mike Keenan.
"We didn't have the next level of being sharp in terms of our execution. We
missed many wide open nets so Marty had obviously a solid game stopping 36
shots but we missed 12 opportunities so we could have had a 50 shot night if
we were sharp."
Dallas struck for the game's first tally. Stephane Robidas let a shot go from
near the top of the right circle that was kicked out by Kiprusoff with the
right pad, but Petersen crashed the front of the net and banged in the rebound
6:14 into the contest.
Calgary began the middle frame on the power play and evened the score one
second after Robidas' holding penalty expired. The rugged Todd Bertuzzi
drifted out from behind the cage and sent a pass that was hammered by a
pinching Adrian Aucoin. Turco made the initial stop, but Moss, who was
positioned atop the crease, tucked in the rebound between the goaltender's
Brunnstrom gave the Stars the lead at the 7:53 mark of the second period,
taking a lead pass from Trevor Daley and splitting the defense. His first
offering was turned aside by Kiprusoff, but the rookie Swede continued to go
to the net and, with a one-handed swipe, buried the rebound on the backhand.
Turco was unbelievable in the third period, stopping all 15 shots fired his
way, and Eriksson's empty-net marker in the waning moments iced the win
Dallas has won five of seven against the Flames...Calgary is 9-4-1 at home
this season...The Stars are 6-7-1 on the road...The teams combined to go
scoreless in five total power-play chances, four of which were awarded to
12/03 02:45:17 ET