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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Stars

Sunday, 04.03.2012 / 5:42 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Stars

BABCHUK BACK IN

Flames forward Blake Comeau was injured in Anaheim on Friday night and rather than recall a player from Abbotsford - who were in action against the Stars AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, on Sunday afternoon - Calgary opted to play seven defenceman.

Anton Babchuk suited up for the first time since Jan. 17th, alternating defence partners throughout the game.

The blueliner attempted two shots in his 6:19 of ice time.

FEISTY FIRST FRAME

The first period was a tight checking affair that ended in a scoreless draw but the physical edge to the game made up for the lack of offence.

Sheldon Souray and Tim Jackman were exchanging pleasantries during warmups and then attempted to scrap in the first period but the linesmen pulled them apart.

Later on, Curtis Glencross took Radek Dvorak hard into the glass and Steve Ott took exception to the hit. He and the Flames winger dropped the gloves at 11:46.

DOWN TO 10 UP FRONT

Lance Bouma went hard into the boards in the second period and immediately went to the bench when he got up. After a quick consultation with the trainers, Bouma headed back to the locker room to be evaluated.

He suffered an upper body injury and could not return to the game. Due to dressing seven blueliners, the team was left with 10 forwards after the Bouma spill. TJ Brodie shuffled up to play on the left wing due to the shortage of personnel up front.

A COMMON REFRAIN

Lately, the Flames second periods have been ... less than stellar, to say the least. Heading into the game against Dallas, they had allowed four goals in the second frame of their last three outings. On Sunday, they allowed two more and the Stars surged ahead on the scoreboard.

Loui Eriksson responded to Glencross' opening tally by scoring short-handed at 14:59. He slipped around Tanguay and backhanded a beauty past Miikka Kiprusoff.

Under four minutes later, the Stars special teams struck again as Michael Ryder scored on the power play to give Dallas their first lead of the game. It was Ryder's first career goal against the Flames.

STUNG IN THE SHOOTOUT

Jarome Iginla tied the game up at two in the third period with his 25th goal of the season, sending the game into extra time. The Flames penalty killing was tremendous in overtime, holding the Stars off after Mike Cammalleri was called for holding at 2:11.

With overtime solving nothing, a shootout was required. Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay challenged Kari Lehtonen but neither were able to convert. Both of Dallas' first two shooters, Jamie Benn and Eriksson, beat Kiprusoff and handed their team the 3-2 win.

Dallas has now vaulted into seventh in the Western Conference with the win. With the point, the Flames have 70 points on the season.