Calgary
Flames
37-29-16
Dallas
Stars
42-35-5
OT
27 SOG
32 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
CGY
DAL
game recap

Stars 3, Flames 2, OT

Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 9:32 PM

calgaryflames.com

Three Stars of the Game
Mike Ribeiro
1st
Mike Ribeiro
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 19:32
Adam Burish
2nd
Adam Burish
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:43
Kari Lehtonen
3rd
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 27TOI: 62:01
GA: 2EV: 16-18
PIM: 0PP: 9-9
SV%: .926SH: 0-0

DALLAS, TX -- With first-line center Jamie Benn done for the night with a knee injury, the Dallas Stars needed someone else to provide some magic.

Second-line center Mike Ribeiro delivered, giving his team a critical extra point when he scored at 2:01 of overtime to give Dallas a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

Ribeiro used a nifty behind-the-back maneuver to keep possession and carry the puck into the Calgary zone. That set up a slap shot from just beyond the right circle that sailed over goalie Miikka Kiprusoff's shoulder for Ribeiro's 12th of the season.

Ribeiro pumped his fist in celebration and was mobbed by teammates after the Stars broke a 1-3-1 slide.

"That was unbelievable, what an unbelievable individual effort by him. He's so gifted, so talented," teammate Steve Ott said about Ribeiro's highlight-reel move. "That was just phenomenal. I'm still in awe. I thought I blacked out on the bench."

Benn, Dallas' lone All-Star selection, checked Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano along the boards in the Flames' zone with just under 12 minutes remaining in the second period. Benn was cut on the back of the left knee by Giordano's skate.

Benn, the Stars' leader with 49 points (17 goals and 32 assists), limped down the tunnel to the locker room, done for the night, although the injury isn't thought to be serious.

Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said Benn could just miss one game.

"There's just stitches in his leg, so he's going to be a day-to-day guy. It's a pretty decent size cut," Gulutzan said.

Ott contributed a power-play goal, Adam Burish also scored for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots.

Jarome Iginla notched his team-high 23rd goal, and Mike Cammalleri added a goal for Calgary. Kiprusoff made 29 saves for the Flames, 4-0-3 in their last seven games.

Calgary has 63 points, two more than Dallas as the teams try to climb into the top eight in the Western Conference.

"It's so ridiculously tight, the standings now," Ott said. "Obviously, those cliches, playoff games the rest of the way, it's so true. Those extra points become so valuable to make the playoffs. Last season we missed by one point and this year, we need to find a way to continue to stay in the race with those five or six teams we're battling with. This one brought us a step closer."

Ott gave Dallas a 2-1 edge with 2:17 left in the second period with his ninth of the season. His shot from the right point got past Kiprusoff while teammate Burish provided a screen. Dallas had the man advantage while Calgary's Olli Jokinen served a slashing penalty.

Cammalleri tied it for the Flames with 5:03 left in the third with his 13th of the season, shooting into an open net set up by Jay Bouwmeester's cross-ice pass.

"To score late like that and get the point is huge," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "But I don't think we played overly well tonight."

The Flames know the Stars crept a little closer, with a lot of season remaining.

"It doesn't feel too good right now to lose in OT, but it's still a very important point and we'll take it," Iginla said.

Burish opened the scoring a 9:42 of the first period. He skated to the front of the net, took Jake Dowell's pass and flipped the puck past Kiprusoff's glove.

Iginla drew Calgary even with 53 seconds left in the period, firing a shot past Lehtonen from the left circle.

The Flames had consecutive power plays with under 10 minutes left in regulation.

Lehtonen made four quick saves on the first power play while Trevor Daley served a delay of game penalty. Daley had been out of the box for 14 seconds when Ott was whistled for charging, but Lehtonen and Dallas' penalty killers were able to keep the Flames off the board.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:42
DAL
Adam Burish (6) Snap shot - ASST: Jake Dowell (3), Tom Wandell (9)
1 - 0 DAL
19:07
CGY
Jarome Iginla (23) Tip-in - ASST: Alex Tanguay (25), Olli Jokinen (31)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
17:43
DAL
PPG - Steve Ott (9) Slapshot - ASST: Mike Ribeiro (27)
2 - 1 DAL
3rd Period
14:57
CGY
Mike Cammalleri (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (19)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
02:01
DAL
Mike Ribeiro (12) Slapshot - ASST: Michael Ryder (19), Trevor Daley (13)
3 - 2 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
09:44
DAL
Mark Fistric  Roughing against  Tim Jackman
09:44
DAL
Mark Fistric  Roughing against  Tim Jackman
09:44
CGY
Tim Jackman  Roughing against  Mark Fistric
09:44
CGY
Tim Jackman  Roughing against  Mark Fistric
14:11
DAL
Mike Ribeiro  Slashing against  Roman Horak
16:04
CGY
Olli Jokinen  Slashing against  Stephane Robidas
3rd Period
10:33
DAL
Trevor Daley  Delay of game
12:47
DAL
Steve Ott  Charging against  Olli Jokinen
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 32TOI: 61:30
Saves: 29EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .906SH: 1 - 1
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
21-14-2
SA: 27TOI: 62:01
Saves: 25EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0