The Game Rush: Flames vs. Stars
An in-depth look at the Flames-Stars tilt
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames desperately needed to rebound from a 6-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. And rebound they did with a huge 7-4 victory over the Dallas Stars Friday night.
Alex Tanguay opened the scoring early for the Flames when Brendan Morrison sent a perfect pass onto Tanguay's stick in front of Stars goaltender Andrew Raycroft. Tanguay snapped home his 12th goal of the season.
Captain Brenden Morrow answered back for the Stars at 8:34 of the first period. Then, less than four minutes later ,Brad Richards charged the net and released a quick snap shot that flew over Henrik Karlsson's shoulder giving the Stars a 2-1 lead.
Olli Jokinen fought back for the Flames at 15:10 to tie the game 2-2. Jokinen had Niklas Hagman on a two-on-one opportunity racing across the blueline. Instead of passing, Jokinen fired a snapshot that zipped past Raycroft.
The floodgates opened midway through the second period with the Flames scoring three unanswered goals. Mikael Backlund got the first on a perfect deflection from Tim Jackman's shot from a tough angle to give the Flames a 3-2 lead. David Moss added to the tally at 17:10 followed by a pretty one from Brendan Morrison just 56 seconds later.
The Stars gave it one last push early in the third period as James Neal scored just 31 seconds in. The Flames were determined not to allow the Stars to take the momentum. Iginla picked up his 20th goal of the season at 4:20 of the final frame to take that momentum away from Dallas.
Moss added the seventh tally at 12:12 of the final frame on the power play.
The Flames won't have much time to rest as they travel to Vancouver to face teh Canucks Saturday night.
Author: Kristi Hennessy