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Flames fall in home-and-home opener

Saturday, 24.03.2012 / 11:01 AM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
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Flames fall in home-and-home opener

2011-12 Game No. 76; Road Game No. 40
Flames Record: 34-27-15

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT - KNEE DROP! CAMMY SCORES HIS 16TH WITH FLAIR!
FULL HIGHLIGHTS ›FLAMES UNCUT: WALK-ON IN DALLAS› GAME GALLERY ›THE FIVE TAKEAWAYS ›


CALGARYFLAMES.COM 3 STARS
1st STAR
KARI LEHTONEN

GOALTENDER - DAL
SHOTS FACED: 36 | SAVES MADE: 35
SAVE PERCENTAGE: .927

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2nd STAR
MARK GIORDANO
DEFENCE - CGY
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | SHOTS: 5 | +/-: -1
TOI: 25:18 | HITS: 3

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3rd STAR
MIKE CAMMALLERI
LEFT WING - CGY
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | SHOTS: 3 | +/-: 0
TOI: 18:56 | MISSED SHOTS: 2

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DALLAS, TX -- Jamie Benn scored twice, Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves, and the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Saturday in a matchup of Western Conference playoff contenders.

Michael Ryder also scored for the Stars, who improved to 87 points and are in the middle of a six-team scramble along with the Flames (83 points) for one of the final two playoff spots.

The Stars had moved into the Pacific Division lead with a 10-0-1 run, but they'd lost three of their previous four to tumble out of the top spot in the division and hurt their playoff hopes.

Brenden Morrow tapped in an empty-netter at 18:32 of the third period to clinch the win for Dallas.

Mike Cammalleri scored and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 16 shots for the Flames, who had lost their previous three games in overtime or shootouts.

Dallas wrapped up a 2-2 homestand and begins a four-game trip Monday night in Calgary, the next game for both teams.

Calgary, 5-2-4 in its past 11 games, completed an 0-1-2 road trip.

Benn got his team off to a fast start at 1:37 of the first period, taking a pass from Adam Burish, skating from behind the net and stuffing a shot past Kiprusoff on Dallas' first shot of the game.

The Stars got a fortunate bounce at 3:03 of the opening period when a shot by Calgary's Blake Comeau banged off the right post, bailing out Lehtonen.

Ryder made it 2-0 at 7:17 of the first, firing his career-best 33rd goal by Kiprusoff from the right circle.

The Flames grabbed some momentum when Cammalleri notched his 16th from the right circle at 12:27 of the first period.

Cammalleri had missed the previous nine games with an upper-body injury.

Calgary built a 14-6 edge in shots in a scoreless second period.

Benn scored on a one-timer from the slot off a Steve Ott pass to give Dallas a two-goal edge at 16:27, Benn's 24th of the season.

The Flames continue to struggle on offense, having managed six goals in their past five games.


PHOTO OF THE GAME
BY THE NUMBERS
STAT OF THE NIGHT
After a slow start, the Flames peppered Kari Lehtonen with shots. They threw 14 at him in the second period and 15 in the final frame.

Overall, they put 36 shots on net. Mark Giordano led his team with 5 shots.

FLAMES LEADERS
Icetime -- Giordano (25:18)
Shots -- Giordano (5)
Hits -- Tanguay, Giordano (3)
Blocks -- Bouwmeester, Hannan, Glencross, Babchuk, Butler (2)
Takeaways -- Giordano (1)
Faceoff Wins -- Stajan (5, 36%)
TWEET OF THE NIGHT:
@jennahamdon:
@NHLFlames Kippers so boss he chest bumped that puck like they are buddies.


FLAMES LINEUP VS. DALLAS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Tanguay Matt Stajan Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Lee Stempniak
Mike Cammalleri Blair Jones Blake Comeau
Tom Kostopoulos Lance Bouma David Moss
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler
Mark Giordano Scott Hannan
Anton Babchuk Clay Wilson
Goaltenders: Miikka Kiprusoff, Henrik Karlsson
Starting Lineup: Kiprusoff, Bouwmeester, Butler, Cammalleri, Jones, Comeau
POWERPLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Tanguay Mike Cammalleri Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Lee Stempniak
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Anton Babchuk Mark Giordano
PENALTY KILL UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Tom Kostopoulos Alex Tanguay
Blake Comeau David Moss
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler
Mark Giordano Scott Hannan