NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Calgary
(Thursday, February 11th)
Final Score: Dallas 3, Calgary 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Dallas goalie Marty Turco stopped all the shots fired by the Flames, and Mike Ribeiro fueled the offense with two goals, as the Stars defeated Calgary, 3-1, at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Turco finished with 33 saves, but the lone puck to get behind him was put home by teammate Brenden Morrow while killing a penalty and credited to Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who had a potential game-tying tally waved off in the final minute of regulation.
Jamie Benn scored in the third period to give Dallas the lead. The Stars had dropped 13 of their last 14 road games.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 20 saves for Calgary, which opened a four-game homestand with a third consecutive loss.
"Every game is such a big game for us, there is no margin for error," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. "Tonight I thought the game was right there for us again and we didn't take advantage of it."
Benn cradled a Morrow feed in the slot and snapped a shot through the pads of Kiprusoff at the 3:01 mark of the third to break a 1-1 tie.
The Flames pressed for the equalizer and had a golden opportunity when Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas committed a holding penalty with 1:58 left. As Kiprusoff viewed the action from the Calgary bench, Iginla let go a shot along the ice from a sharp angle that deflected off Turco and sat on the goal line.
The nearby official ruled it a goal with 30 seconds remaining, but a lengthy video review determined the puck did not completely go across the line.
Moments later, Ribeiro ended all hopes of a comeback with an empty-netter.
"I thought we got better as the game went on," said Dallas head coach Marc Crawford. "We stuck around tonight and I thought in the third period we had the better of the chances."
Calgary grabbed a 1-0 lead with some help from the Dallas captain. Iginla picked up a loose puck in the corner, powered his way to the crease and had his shot blocked. Morrow wanted to clear the puck, but inadvertently put it behind his own goalie with 4:26 remaining in the opening frame.
The Stars tied the game on the power play when Ribeiro jumped on a rebound at the right side of the net and fired a stick-between-the-legs shot that caromed off a sprawled netminder with five minutes left in the second period.
The Stars had a 3-0-1 record versus Calgary this season...Iginla registered four goals and seven points in the four games against Dallas...The Flames have lost eight of 10 at home...Before the game, Dallas placed Steve Ott on injured reserve, retroactive to February 6, as the cantankerous forward recovers from an emergency appendectomy performed earlier in the week.
02/12 02:44:17 ET