Inside The Game: Flames vs. Stars

Thursday, 24.10.2013 / 11:25 PM
Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)

FLAMES DROPPED 5-1 IN DALLAS

CALGARY, AB -- The finale of a five-game, 10-day road trip left the Calgary Flames seeing stars.

Jamie Benn and rookie Alex Chiasson scored twice while the Flames gave up three goals in just 61 seconds in the second period as they fell to the Dallas Stars 5-1 at the American Airlines Center on Thursday night.

The loss dropped Calgary to 1-4 in their trip away from Scotiabank Saddledome and leaves the Flames at 4-4-2 on the season.

Trailing 1-0 after Chaisson put Dallas up 1-0 in the first period, Lee Stempniak tied the game just 4:30 into the second.

After picking up Matt Stajan’s outlet pass off the boards, Stempniak streaked down the wing and buried his fourth of the season behind Stars starter Kari Lehtonen to even the game 1-1.

But Chiasson’s second of the game and fifth of the season put Dallas up 2-1 at 11:11 and, 18 seconds later, Benn took a cross-ice feed off the rush from Rich Peverley, and fired the puck behind Flames’ starter Karri Ramo to up the lead to two.

Brenden Dillon completed a quick trio of goals at 12:12, bouncing a shot between Ramo’s legs for a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

After Dennis Wideman hit the post early in the third, Benn added his second of the night, taking a pass below the goal line from Chiasson and tucking it around the post at 3:36 to put the Stars up 5-1 and the game out of reach for the Flames.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Streaking down the wing after picking up a pass off the boards from Stajan, Stempniak sniped his fourth goal of the season just 4:30 into the second period to temporarily tie the game 1-1.

SAVE OF THE GAME

Three minutes after Dallas took a 1-0 lead in the first, Peverley broke in on Ramo on a partial breakaway but the Flames goaltender denied the deke to temporarily keep Calgary to within one.

TURNING POINT

Just moments before Dallas’ trio of second period goals in just 61 seconds, Mike Cammalleri took a feed from Jiri Hudler and was looking at an empty net, but his shot was instead blocked by Sergei Gonchar. The Stars capitalized soon thereafter with Chiasson’s second of the game.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“Well those three quick goals definitely took lots of energy out of us and we just couldn’t recover.”

-Bob Hartley

STAT OF THE GAME

Sean Monahan was 63.2 per cent in the faceoff circle against the Stars, eclipsing his previous career-best of 56.2 per cent against the New Jersey Devils on October 11th.

LINEUP NOTES

Sven Baertschi and Brian McGrattan were scratched against Dallas on Thursday. Mark Giordano missed the game due to injury.

COMING UP

The Flames return home to Scotiabank Saddledome to host the Washington Capitals on Saturday (8 p.m. MT, CBC).

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