NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Dallas
(Sunday, March 26th)
Final Score: Dallas 3, Calgary 2
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jason Arnott netted the game-winner in the second period to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames at the American Airlines Center.
Mike Modano and Niko Kapanen netted the other goals and Marty Turco made 17 saves to pick up his league-leading 38th win of the season for the Stars, who have won three straight and seven of their last eight contests.
"I feel real good about this season," said Turco. "But the real goal of the season is to obtain as many wins as possible."
Dallas, which leads the Pacific Division, currently has 99 points and trails Detroit by four for the top spot in the Western Conference and overall in the NHL.
Jordan Leopold had a goal and an assist and Jamie Lundmark scored the other goal for the Flames, who have lost two straight and three of their last four games.
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 20 shots for Calgary, which fell into a first- place tie with Colorado for the top spot in the Northwest Division. Colorado lost to Edmonton, 4-3, in a shootout.
The Flames scored the only goal of the opening period and they did so on the power play while Modano was in the box for interference. Lundmark had the puck at the right side of the net and was attempting to send it across the goalmouth to the left side. Turco, though, tried to poke the puck away and wound up deflecting it into the net for Lundmark's first goal as a Flame with 9:04 left in the opening period.
The Stars, though, grabbed a 2-1 lead early in the second period.
While shorthanded, Niklas Hagman threw a shot on net that Kiprusoff made a save on. But, Kapanen banged in the rebound from in front despite two Calgary players covering him 1:52 in.
On the power play Antti Miettinen sent a pass from the left circle to the high slot that Modano one-timed off the right post and into the net 6:18 in.
Calgary, though, tied it back up just 28 seconds later with a power-play goal. Jarome Iginla had the puck in the left circle and sent it to the high slot where Leopold one-timed it through traffic and into the net for his second goal of the season.
However, Dallas regained the lead when Arnott brought the puck into the Calgary zone and from the low left circle slid the puck between the legs of Kiprusoff just 1:05 after the Leopold goal to make it 3-2.
The Flames played hard in the third period and outshot the Stars 8-3. But, despite having three power plays in the final 20 minutes they were unable to even things up and the Stars gave the home crowd a victory.
Calgary completed a seven-game road trip and return home to face the Kings on Wednesday...Dallas completes a five-game homestand against Anaheim on Wednesday...Calgary went 2-of-11 on the power play...The Stars went 1-of-8 with the man advantage...Calgary forward Marcus Nilson left the game during the first period with a knee injury.
03/26 23:58:29 ET