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Inside the Game: Flames vs. Stars

Stats, notes, stars and more from the Flames-Stars game Nov. 4, 2009

Wednesday, 04.11.2009 / 7:33 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Inside the Game: Flames vs. Stars
THE NUMBERS GAME

CALGARY — A look at the numbers from the Calgary Flames - Stars game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

700 - Career games for Cory Sarich. The 31 year-old is in his third season with the Calgary Flames, playing 164 games with the club. Prior to coming to Calgary he played seven seasons in Tampa Bay and was part of the 2004 Stanley Cup winning team there.

2 - Career wins for Curtis McElhinney. He made a career-high 38 saves and faced a career-high 40 shots in the victory. His first win was Apr. 11, 2009 when the Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 4-1.

6 - Straight games Robyn Regehr has points in. He's tallied an assist each of those games and has 8 points in total this season. This matches his point total from all of last season. He's a +9 in this streak.

4 - Number of players on the Flames active roster of 21 that don't have have a goal this season. Three of those players are defenseman (Regehr, Sarich and Johnson). Craig Conroy is the only forward with a goal.

7 - Consecutive seasons Jarome Iginla has +35 goals. That is the longest running streak in the entire league. He scored his 5th and 6th of the year tonight.

2 - Starts for McElhinney this season. Incidently, his first start of the year was against Dallas on Oct. 9 when the Flames fell 5-2.

3 - Points for Iginla on the night. The captain netted two goals and assisted on Daymond Langkow's goal.

36 - Hits for the Flames. Iginla led all Calgary players in the category with five solid hits. He was one of 10 Flames who had two or more hits in the game.

QUOTABLE

"We know both of us haven't been playing as well as we need to play. We've had some success together and we have more ... we can get better. We're both definitely driven and we know we need to be better to help the group." - Iginla prior to the game on being reunited with Olli Jokinen. The pair combined for four points on the night.

NOTEWORTHY

Miikka Kiprusoff was sent back to the hotel this morning after starting to feel under the weather, handing the goaltending reigns to McElhinney. Kiprusoff may be back in net tomorrow night against St. Louis.

Iginla needs a mere 14 assists to pass Theoren Fleury for second place on the Flames all-time assists leaders list. He's also just two helpers away from 450.

Conroy needs just four points to hit 300 with the Flames and eight goals for 100 with the club.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Despite falling behind by a goal in the third period, the Flames didn't give up and kept pressing. The effort paid off, with Langkow scoring the equalizer with just 49 seconds left in regulation. That work ethic, combined with excellent goaltending and an all-star performance by Iginla, earned the Flames a hard-fought two points.


THE BIG HIT

Jarome Iginla was expected to come out flying and that he did. During the first Flames power play, he absolutely crushed Stephane Robidas. The Stars defender was trying to knock the puck out along the boards but the captain came in and flattened him.


THE BIG SAVE
While killing off a penalty, Adam Pardy hauled down Brenden Morrow and the Stars were awarded a penalty shot. The Dallas captain went in, wired a shot and McElhinney got his blocker on it to keep the Stars off the board.

THE ROSTER

The Flames scratches were Staffan Kronwall, Aaron Johnson and Brandon Prust.


OUR THREE STARS

1) Curtis McElhinney - was absolutely phenomenal in his second start of the year.
2) Jarome Iginla - a no-holds-barred, 3-point game from the captain.
3) James Neal - scored his 9th of the year and got the Stars on the board.