Mar 24, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) controls the puck during the third period against the Calgary Flames at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Flames 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Undisciplined Stars Lose 5-4 To The Flames

The Dallas Stars lose 5-4 to the Calgary Flames. Dallas lost as a result of bad turnovers, numerous penalties and an overall lack of discipline.

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That's A (Ugly) Wrap: Stars Lose 5-4 To The Flames

The Stars continued their trend of scoring first in the period as Philip Larsen got his second goal of the season on a power play. The was a huge mess in front of the net after Kiprusoff saved a bomb from Sheldon Souray and Larsen ended up getting what must have been the third rebound chance. There were four bodies on the ice and the little Danish defenseman put it over all the bodies and into the net to get the Stars within one goal at 5-4.

Dallas was put into an incredibly difficult situation with 12 minutes left in the period as the Flames put on an insane amount of pressure. Tomas Vincour and Vernon Fiddler blocked shots (Vincour with his ribs and Fiddler with his leg) that really injured both. Both guys were hobbling and hunched over on the ice trying to continue but they couldn't do anything.

The Flames had possession of the puck and just fired at Lehtonen for a good two minutes and no Stars defender could get off the ice. It's amazing that Calgary couldn't score on what was essentially a 5-on-3. Both guys would be able to return after getting off the ice and taking a breather to recover from their injuries.

This game was all on the Stars. They killed themselves in this game with bad turnovers and even worse penalties. They could have easily won this but couldn't get out of their own way. The Flames suddenly have life again and the Stars are back in a vulnerable position.

Kari Lehtonen saved 30 of 35 shots and really didn't have a chance on most of the goals. Mike Ribeiro provided the assist on one of the Flames goals with a terrible turnover.

The Stars return to the ice on Wednesday to take on the Edmonton Oilers.


2nd Intermission Report: Stars 3 - Flames 5

Jamie Benn continued his dominance from the first period by scoring just 44 seconds into the period this time. Benn took a little pass from Adam Burish and found himself skating down the middle of the Flames zone. He fired a wrister that went right over Kiprusoff's right shoulder and into the net. Benn's second goal of the game put the Stars ahead 2-1.

Calgary would tie the game later on a horrible play from Mike Ribeiro. Ribs won the puck along the boards in the defensive zone and for some insane reason just fired the puck into the slot where Blake Comeau was waiting literally all by himself. He one-timed the puck right by Lehtonen for an easy goal.

The Flames took the lead just seconds later off of a face-off win. Jarome Iginla beat Ribeiro cleanly on the face-off and the puck eventually found its way to Mike Cammalleri. Cammalleri had an open net to shoot at and he didn't miss. Calgary put two goals past Lehtonen in one minute to take the 3-2 lead.

Dallas had a goal called off when Adam Burish made what is possibly the most obvious kicking motion ever. He was lying on the ice and scissor-kicked the puck into the net. Dallas would score a legitimate goal just a minute though as Ribeiro made some amends for his mistakes. He ended up with the puck off of a scrum in front of the net and backhanded by a sprawled Kiprusoff.

Calgary took the lead again right after that Ribeiro goal. Stephane Robidas took a stupid tripping penalty and the Flames capitalized on it with a power play goal from Mark Giordano. Steve Ott then took a tripping penalty just a minute after that and guess what? The Flames scored another power play goal, this time from Alex Tanguay.

The Stars have no one to blame for this deficit but themselves. They took six penalties this period and made bad turnovers to led to each of the Flames' goals. It's just a poor mental game and bad discipline that's killed them.


1st Intermission Report: Stars 1 - Flames 1, Nystrom Injured

Dallas didn't take time to mess around in this game. Jamie Benn scored just 26 seconds into the game on a wrister from the blue line. Miikka Kiprusoff really should have stopped the puck, but his hand-eye coordination failed him. He raised his glove hand to catch the puck and watched as it flew right by him into the top right corner of the net.

Unfortunately for Dallas, Calgary came back quickly in this one. Trevor Daley took a high sticking call (a bogus one in my opinion as Alex Tanguay held Daley's stick and waved it towards his face) and put the Flames on the power play. Olli Jokinen would receive a pass from Lee Stempniak and find himself all alone in the slot. A quick shot put the puck by Lehtonen to tie the game at 1-1.

Benn was extremely determined to end the Flames season and came out on fire right out of the gate. He had a goal and four shots on net in his first three shifts on ice.

Dallas had two power plays in this period but were unable to capitalize on them. The Flames actually had the best chance as Alex Tanguay had a shorthanded breakaway chance after Daley couldn't handle a wild Steve Ott pass at the point. Tanguay tried to go high on Lehtonen and missed the net.

Eric Nystrom had to leave the ice after suffering a lower body injury in the first minutes of the game. He crashed into Miikka Kiprusoff on a rush to the net and may have cut his leg. Whatever happened to him, he's out for the rest of the game.


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