DALLAS TX - DECEMBER 23: Center Mike Ribeiro #63 of the Dallas Stars celebrates his power play goal against the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center on December 23 2010 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Stars' Win Streak Snapped In Calgary

The Dallas Stars look to extend their franchise record for consecutive road wins tonight as they take on the Flames in Calgary.

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David Moss Leads Flames Past Stars

(Sports Network) – David Moss had two goals and an assist as the Calgary Flames out-slugged the Dallas Stars, 7-4, at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Brendan Morrison, Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who had lost six of eight coming into the game.

Henrik Karlsson stopped 17-of-21 shots as Calgary snapped a three-game losing streak at home.

“We don’t want to be giving up four goals against,” said Calgary head coach Brent Sutter. “Fortunately tonight we scored enough to win the game.”

Brad Richards had a goal and an assist, while Nicklas Grossman, Brenden Morrow and James Neal each lit the lamp for the Stars, who had a five-game winning streak stopped.

Andrew Raycroft was tagged for all seven goals on just 19 shots as Dallas saw an eight-game road winning streak stopped.

“We didn’t get a very good performance from out goaltender tonight,” said Dallas head coach Marc Crawford. “Then we made a big mistake in the third period after we got it close. In a game like this, you have to keep the opponents’ chances to a minimum. We battled back, but it wasn’t enough.”

Calgary scored 3:40 into the contest when Morrison grabbed his own rebound and centered it for Tanguay, who tipped it into the net, but Dallas answered five minutes later as Morrow’s quick shot from the left circle caught Karlsson looking the other way.

Dallas took its only lead of the game with 7:48 to play in the first when Richards charged down the right wing with a player skating toward the net and snapped a shot over the left shoulder of Karlsson.

However, Calgary tied the game three minutes later as Jokinen lit the lamp for the first time in 11 games when he finished a 2-on-1 with a shot from the right circle.

The Flames scored three times in the second period to take command of the contest.

The first came at the 11:51 mark of the frame as Tim Jackman sent a pass from outside the right circle to the inside of the circle where Mikael Backlund tipped it into the net.

With 2:50 to play in the middle frame, Moss notched the 100th point of his career when he snuck a loose puck from the right circle between the pads of Raycroft. Less than a minute later, Morrison made it a 5-2 contest with his wrister from the right circle on a 2-on-1 break.

Grossman scored for the first time in 130 games with 48 seconds left in the second as his wrist shot from the high slot went through a screen.

Dallas made it a 5-4 game just 31 seconds into the third when a turnover in the Calgary end saw Jamie Langenbrunner bang a shot off the crossbar and Neal finish the play as he fell to the ice.

However, Calgary got the two-goal edge back less than four minutes later when Iginla took a pass from behind the net at the left side and switched to the backhand before sliding the puck in.

Moss’ power-play goal with 7:48 to play iced the victory for the Flames.

Game Notes

Grossman’s last goal came on March 14, 2009 against Minnesota…Calgary has won both meetings with Dallas this season…Calgary plays at Vancouver on Saturday…Dallas plays in Vancouver on Monday…Iginla’s goal was his 20th of the season. He has reached that mark in all but one of his 14 seasons in the NHL.


Stars Look For Ninth Straight Road Win In Calgary

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will try to extend the longest road winning streak in club history tonight as they visit the struggling Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Stars have won eight straight as the road team, setting a new franchise mark with last night's 4-2 win at Edmonton. Jamie Benn, Mike Ribeiro and James Neal all scored, while Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves.

"We came out hard," Benn said. "We did enough to win tonight. I don't think we played our best game but we got a big two points."

Dallas hasn't lost on the road since Dec. 11 and is now 7-0-1 in the month of January. That has helped the club up its Pacific Division-leading point total to 63, one back of Detroit for second place in the Western Conference.

Though Loui Eriksson had his career-long 10-game point streak snapped (2 goals, 10 assists), Neal scored for the sixth time in eight games and Ribeiro ran the longest point streak of his career to 10 consecutive games. Ribeiro has four goals and eight assists over that run.

The center has four goals and three helpers over his last four games versus the Flames, including a goal and an assist in a 3-2 home shootout loss to Calgary back on Dec. 23. It was the first meeting of the season between the clubs after the Stars took three of four in 2009-10.

Lehtonen made 31 saves in the loss and is 2-1-1 with a 2.94 goals-against average. Head coach Marc Crawford could rest his No. 1 goaltender tonight in favor of Andrew Raycroft, who is 1-3-0 with a 3.75 GAA versus Calgary and has made just one start this month.

Dallas has won two straight and five of its last six in Calgary.

Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff needed to make just 14 saves through overtime to win that December meeting and is 7-11-3 with a 2.32 GAA versus the Stars.

The 34-year-old has struggled this season though, going 17-18-2 with a 2.84 GAA and .897 save percentage. Kiprusoff gave up six goals on 24 shots in Wednesday's 6-0 setback to Minnesota, dropping him to 1-2-1 in his last six starts while getting pulled early twice in that span.

It is unknown of Flames head coach Brent Sutter will stick with Kiprusoff tonight or give backup Henrik Karlsson his first ever start versus Dallas.

Calgary returned home on Wednesday after a 2-0-2 road trip and lost for the sixth time in its last eight games. The club was also shut out for the third time this season, but first since Oct. 14.

"It was one of those games where we never had our 'A' game here," said Sutter. "We will be better on Friday and we obviously know that, we can't play that way."

The Flames sit 14th in the West with 46 points, eight back of a playoff spot, and lost for the third straight time at home.

Forward Tom Kostopoulos will serve the sixth and final game of his suspension tonight for a hit to Detroit's Brad Stuart on Jan. 7 that broke the defenseman's jaw.

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