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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.

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