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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Stars

Thursday, 16.02.2012 / 8:25 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Stars




LEANING ON THE TOP LINE

The Flames top line of Alex Tanguay, Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla continued to led the club offensively.

Iginla potted the Flames first period marker at 19:07 after an excellent give-and-go play with Tanguay. The winger waited until Kari Lehtonen committed to a shot before sliding it over to the captain. Iginla had an open net to knock the puck into. Jokinen earned the secondary assist.

STARS STRIKE FIRST

The Stars came out with a lot of jump and were able to hold the Flames in their own zone for lengthy periods of time in the first ten minutes of the game.

Their hard work paid off when Jake Dowell, who had gotten in behind the Flames net, was able to pass the puck off to Adam Burish and the winger tossed in his sixth goal of the year at 9:42.

The Flames were able to get themselves back in the game later in the period. They tied the game with less than a minute left in the frame thanks to Iginla's 23rd of the season.

Shots were 9-9 after twenty minutes of play.

SPECIAL TEAMS FALTER IN THE SECOND

The Flames special teams play let them down in the second period and the Stars were able to pull ahead by a goal after two periods of play.

While Calgary had some great pressure during their power play and did ring one shot off the post, they were unable to come up with the go-ahead tally.

The Stars capitalized while they had the man advantage late in the frame. Steve Ott sent a wicked slap shot towards the net, bouncing off the crossbar and into the net.

KIPPER'S CONTINUED BRILLIANCE

With his team down by a goal in the third period, Kiprusoff was forced to make several clutch saves to keep the Flames in the game. His best stop came on a Loui Eriksson breakaway around the six minute mark.

Through 61:30 of play, Kiprusoff faced 32 shots, stopping 29 of them.

EXTRA TIME REQUIRED ... NOT A SHOCKER

Given the Flames propensity to get to overtime and their history in recent years with the Stars, it's no surprise the winner was not decided in regulation.

Mike Cammalleri scored the equalizer at 14:57 but the Flames were unable to produce anything in extra time. Mike Ribeiro ended the game at 2:01 in overtime with his 12th tally of the campaign.

The Flames now have points in seven straight games. They are 4-0-3 in that span.