Inside the Game: A loss, of Avery and more
Flames drop 3-1 loss to Dallas as Star Sean Avery is suspended
INSIDE THE GAME
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That and the fact that the Stars played a strong, patient defensive road game to snap the Flames three-game win streak.
"In the first period we had too many turnovers," said forward David Moss. "I think as the game went on we tried to get more pucks deep. We just couldn't find the second goal when we wanted it tonight. We have to have a better start and play for 60 minutes."
AVERY SUSPENDED: Sean Avery didn't get a chance to put his feet on the ice. Instead he planted them firmly in his own mouth following the Dallas Stars morning skate in Calgary and found himself on the wrong side of the National Hockey League, which suspended him just hours prior to the Stars game against the Calgary Flames.
The date for the hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Earlier this season Avery had made comments about Flames captain Jarome Iginla. "Nobody cares about Jarome Iginla and guys like that," Avery told ESPN. "They're just not exciting enough. They don't bring enough to the game."
Following the game, Flames players agreed. "I think they made the right move. I don't think that (type of comment) should be tolerated," said Iginla. Craig Conroy, a former teammate of Avery's in Los Angeles said: "That's where Aves just tried to get smart. It backfired. Sometimes you have to keep your mouth shut."
|THE BIG HIT: Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr puts Loui Eriksson in his tunnel and knocks the young Dallas forward off his feet and into the Stars bench.|
|WHY THE FLAMES LOST: They ran into a hot goaltender in Marty Turco. "He has played well against us before and he played well against us again," said forward Craig Conroy.|
|THE BIG SAVE: Miikka Kiprusoff alertly crosses his crease justin time to stop a Brad Richards one-timer from the face-off dot.|
THE ROSTER: F Dustin Boyd (upper body); D James Vandermeer (broken leg) and D Rhett Warrener (shoulder surgery) are injured. The lone healthy scratch was F Andre Roy.
EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT: The Calgary Flames announced today that they would direct $93,124 to Special Olympics Calgary through the NHLPA’s Dreams and Goals Fund and the Flames Foundation for Life from the last two years of Danone SuperSkills events. Curtis Glencross will be participating in a floor hockey game with Special Olympics athletes tomorrow evening and making this presentation to the organization before the game.
|BY THE NUMBERS: After killing a four-minute penalty to Matthew Lombardi in the third period, the Flames had not allowed a goal in 22 consecutive man-short situations...David Moss had eight shots on net and was effective all game...The win for Dallas was their second straight, the first time they have done that this season...The Flames outshot Dallas 37-23...The Stars were 0-4 on the power play while the Flames were 0-1...|
|THREE STARS: 1 - Marty Turco | 2 - David Moss | 3- Adrian Aucoin|
|UP NEXT: The Flames now head out on the road for four games, beginning Friday in St. Louis.|