Inside The Game: Flames vs. Stars
GAME IN A MINUTE
DALLAS, TX -- It’s been a week of firsts for Corban Knight. He added another Friday.
Knight scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Flames to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
After Joey MacDonald denied Tyler Seguin, Knight -- in his first career NHL shootout -- fired a shot over the glove of Tim Thomas and under the bar to give the Flames the come-from-behind win.
Knight, recalled by the Flames on March 5, played his first NHL game just over a week ago. His first NHL goal came in Wednesday’s 7-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
His first shootout goal capped an impressive comeback over the Stars.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the third and with Kevin Connauton in the penalty box for delay of game, Paul Byron corralled a feed from Curtis Glencross and slid it behind Thomas to cut Dallas’ lead to 3-2 at 12:51. Mike Cammalleri, with his second of the game, tied the contest 3-3 with 4:30 remaining to force overtime.
The goals came after a flurry of saves from MacDonald kept the Flames in it.
The Stars looked to extend their two-goal lead with an early third period marker but MacDonald stood tall 1:39 in, staring down Tyler Seguin on a breakaway with a pad save to keep Calgary within two. Less than a minute later, he was equally good in denying Travis Morin in alone after a nifty set-up by Erik Cole gave him an impeded look at the Flames net. A poke check from MacDonald near the five-minute mark on Cole spoiled a similar effort.
Though the Flames closed out regulation with pressure, it was the Stars who had the jump off the opening puck drop.
It took Calgary until 8:07 to record their first shot on Thomas, a backhand off the stick of Joe Colborne that was sailing wide before the Stars goaltender put a glove on it.
But the Flames turned their fortunes around and carried the play in the second half of the first before eventually outshooting Dallas 10-9 through 20 minutes.
That momentum was quickly halted early in the second. Just 13 seconds into the middle frame, Antoine Roussel snapped a shot over the glove of MacDonald from 44 feet to open the scoring.
Like he did in the third, Cammalleri tied the game at 6:20, beating Thomas to extend his goal-scoring streak to three straight games.
A late charge in the second period helped stake the Stars to a 3-1 lead.
With his career-high 27th of the season, Jamie Benn converted a virtual tap-in on a feed from Trevor Daley to complete a tic-tac-toe passing play at 14:16 to pull Dallas ahead by one.
With an equally impressive deflection off Brenden Dillon’s well-placed point shot, Cole pushed the lead to two with just 3:31 left in the period. With an assist on the play, Morin recorded his first career NHL point.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Trailing 1-0, Cammalleri took a pass off the wall from Colborne before snapping a shot that beat Thomas at 6:20 to tie the game and give the Flames forward his third goal in as many games.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Just 6:11 into his first start in over four months, MacDonald was forced to stare down Ray Whitney in the slot, making a nifty paddle save to temporarily keep the game scoreless.
A third period rush forced overtime and the subsequent shootout where Knight sniped a shot over Thomas’ glove for the win.
STAT OF THE GAME
In six shootout attempts with the Abbotsford Heat, Knight has gone 3-for-5. He’s now 1-for-1 at the NHL level. It's his first ever shootout deciding goal.
Matt Stajan missed the game against Dallas due to personal reasons. Markus Granlund (upper body), Jiri Hudler (lower body), Dennis Wideman (upper body), David Jones (upper body) and Karri Ramo (lower body) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames finish the second of back-to-back games against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday (8 p.m. MST, CBC, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).