Jan 20, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin (20) during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Stars 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Back to Back Woes Continue as Stars lose 7-4 to Flames

 Flames pour the goals on the Stars, end their four game winning streak

Dallas Stars wanted to send a big message to their fans that they will end their back to back woes against the Calgary Flames tonight and extend their win streak to five games. They wanted to come out strong after playing last night in Edmonton. Instead they decided to do the opposite and unable to move their feet as they lost 7-4 and saw their back to back woes continue.

To start the game off, the Calgary Flames were quicker with the puck and had better puck control than the Stars did. Richard Bachman made the first stop of the night as he saved it with his chest from a Matt Stajan shot as he was giving Kari Lehtonen the night off. As the Stars were trying to find their feet in this back to back game, the Stars were scrambling in their own zone and couldn’t clear the puck after Mike Cammalleri shot the first shot. Then Jay Bouwmeester drove to the net and got the loose puck in a scramble as he wrist the puck that went past Bachman’s blocker side to score the first goal of the game. The Stars almost scored on the PK from chances by Antoine Roussel and Cody Eakin but couldn’t capitalize on their chance to tie the game up.

But the Flames did when they were on the power play as they had some slick passing as Alex Tanguay passed it to Jiri Hudler who one timed it passed Bachman, who had no chance to stop the puck. The Flames made it 3-0 on the power play when Alex Goligoski was in the box for interference. Michael Cammalleri one timed the puck pass Bachman’s glove from a beautiful pass by Alex Tanguay.  Then Eric Nystrom, who scored last night against the Oilers, made it 3-1 as he one timed the puck that went five hole on Irving.

Another mistake in the defensive zone as Alex Goligoski lost the puck as Alex Tanguay took the puck away and passed the puck to Roman Cervenka who slapped it passed Bachman that made it 4-1.

With 45 seconds into the 2nd period, the Stars cut the lead in half as Brenden Morrow who was in front of the net, put the puck home off a beauty of a pass from Jaromir Jagr. The Flames restored the 3-goal lead as a great heads-up play by Flames D Mark Giordano to bounce shot off back boards, Michael Cammalleri capitalized for his second of the night. Morrow answered right back with his second goal as he drove to the net and slipped the puck pass Irving, who couldn’t control the rebound.

There was no communication between the Stars defensive pair that led to another Flames goal as Curtis Glencross tapped the puck past Bachman’s after receiving a pass by Jarome Iginla to make it 6-3.

On the power play in the third period, Cody Eakin finally scored his first goal as a Dallas Star as he scored on the power play off a nice pass from Michael Ryder to make it 6-4.  Then Mike Cammalleri scored his third goal as the Flames won 7-4 over the Stars.

The Stars will have a day of rest before they head off to Vancouver to face the Canucks at Roger Arena with a 930 start.

Game Notes

Goal Scorers

Stars: E. Nystrom (12:42-1st), B. Morrow (PPG, 00:45 – 2nd), B. Morrow (03:47 – 2nd), C. Eakin (PPG, 01:05 – 3rd)

Flames:  J. Bouwmeester (03:11 – 1st), J. Hudler (PP 06:44-1st), M. Cammalleri (PP 09:55-1st), R. Cervenka (17:18 – 1st), C. Glencross (12:01 – 2nd), M. Cammalleri (EN, 18:34 – 3rd)


Stars: R. Bachman made 16 saves out of the 22 shots he faced.

Flames: L. Irving made 30 saves out of the 34 shots he faced.

Game Notes

-Jamie Oleksiak picked up his first NHL assist on Brenden Morrow’s second goal

-The Stars are now 1-15-2 in back to back games.

Starting Line Up











Bachman (starter)

Lehtonen (backup)

Scratches:  Wandell, Vincour, Larsen.

Injuries: Ray Whitney (foot)

Three Stars

1. Michael Cammalleri

2. Jay Bouwmeester

3. Brenden Morrow

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