Win right on the 'mark

Jamie Lundmark celebrates his second period goal for the Flames last night. (Sun Media/Al...

Jamie Lundmark celebrates his second period goal for the Flames last night. (Sun Media/Al Charest)

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Chances were pretty good someone was going to fight Dallas Stars pest Steve Ott.

The odds were unlikely it would be Jamie Lundmark.

But there he was, less than two minutes into last night's game, dropping the gloves with one of the league's best agitators, sparking the Flames early in what would wind up a 2-1 victory for the homeside at the Saddledome.

"It was a little bit different start for me than usual. He was just kind of standing in front of me, talking to me," said Lundmark, who also scored his fifth goal of the season in the second period to tie things up at one.

"It was definitely not something I'm going out looking for. We kind of ran into each other in the corner and he was basically in my face for 30 seconds. The first time, I just kind of turned around and then the second time, he's still there, I've got to do something.

"I can't just skate away."

Inspiring his teammates with his unlikely sparring session, Lundmark's actions were just what the Flames needed after a their disappointing seven-game road trip.

"He set the tone for us early, showed what he's willing to do for this club and what kind of guy he is," said winger Michael Cammalleri. "And that's big for us."

Lundmark's goal was pretty spectacular, too, as he converted a perfect saucer pass from Daymond Langkow into a water-bottle-shattering wrister to the roof not long after the Stars' Brendan Morrison gave the visitors the lead.

"Beautiful goal," said Cammalleri, noting his teammate fell a helper short of the Gordie Howe hat-trick.

"I wish I'd have got him an assist somewhere along the line, because he deserved it."

Deserving positive reviews for their victory, the Flames got strong efforts from the supporting cast.

Scoring the winner in the third period -- thanks to some hard work along the boards by rookie Warren Peters, and Dustin Boyd's great setup after saving the puck from going offside -- Eric Nystrom got the best of Marty Turco as snapped his fourth of the season through the goalie's legs.

The Flames also put together a strong defensive effort after struggling in that department on the road.

Managing just 19 shots, the Stars couldn't do much to stop Miikka Kiprusoff from picking up his 200th victory.

He's now just 352 behind Martin Brodeur on the all-time list.

"If I sign another 10-year-deal, maybe," joked the Finn when asked if he felt he could catch the New Jersey Devils star. "We played a strong game in our own end, it's nice to take those two points."

Just as tough as it is to picture Kiprusoff playing that long, it's hard to imagine Lundmark being sent back to the farm club this season.

Running his total to 11 points in 15 games with the big club, the 6-foot, 197-pounder is filling in nicely for the injured Rene Bourque on the second line.

And when Bourque and Todd Bertuzzi finally make their way back into the lineup around playoff time, you have to believe there's still a spot for a 28-year-old call-up with soft hands and an increasingly obvious determination.

"He can finish, he can score goals," said head coach Mike Keenan. "He can definitely play in this league and should be playing in this league -- I've told him that -- because he has the skill-set offensively.

"He came to play."


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