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Stars Lose Again, Fall 4-2 To Flames

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Cory Sarich and Steve Staios both scored third- period goals as the Calgary Flames rallied to defeat the Dallas Stars, 4-2, at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Olli Jokinen and Tom Kostopoulos also tallied for the Flames, who have won two straight. Miikka Kiprusoffturned away 22-of-24 shots in the win.

Jamie Lagenbrunner and Mike Ribeiro potted goals for the falling Stars, who have lost three straight and nine of 11. Kari Lehtonen gave up four goals on 31 shots in the losing effort.

With the game knotted at two apiece heading into the final frame, Calgary lit the lamp just 2 1/2 minutes in on Sarich's rising slap shot, which banged off the crossbar and in.

The Flames added a short-handed insurance goal just 2:12 later on a rush led by Rene Bourque. He crossed the puck to Staios, who rifled a low shot into the cage for his second goal of the season.

From there, Calgary held on the rest of the way as Kiprusoff stopped 11 shots in the third.

Calgary got on the board at the 4:14 mark of the first when Mark Giordano ripped a shot from just above the left circle. Jokinen altered the shot past Lehtonen's outstretched left leg for an early lead.

Jokinen was involved in the second goal of the game -- unfortunately it wasn't for his own team. Dallas was on the charge and Ribeiro sent what was meant to be a centering pass, however, it clipped off of Jokinen's skate and into the net for a 1-1 tie 7:21 into the middle frame.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead on another lucky bounce just past the midpoint of the same period. James Neal's shot from the inside part of the right circle was deflected by a stick and fluttered into the left circle, where Langenbrunner had a wide-open net to shoot at.

The Flames tied the game on the power play with 5:51 left in the second thanks to Kostopoulos' slapper from the right point.

Kiprusoff is 4-1-1 in his last six games against the Stars...Calgary is 6-0-2 in its last eight as the host...Calgary'sCurtis Glencross had a five-game scoring streak halted. During the span he had six goals and three assists...Bourque had two assists in the win...The Stars were 0-2 on the power play, while Calgary went 1-for-3.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.