Flames Game Review

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

DALLAS STARS (23-19-11) 4

CALGARY FLAMES (26-20-7) 3

REPORT CARD

Overall: C+

Offence: C+

Defence: C+

Goaltending: C+

Powerplay: B+

Penalty kill: C+

WHAT IT MEANS

The losing skid is now at eight games, but the single point, combined with Detroit's loss to Minnesota, puts Calgary back in eighth spot in the Western Conference standings. Both teams have 59 points in 53 games, but the Flames have one more win.

WHY FLAMES LOST

Bad penalties, bad decisions and bad breaks gassed a 3-1 lead for a team that's having trouble playing to win instead of playing to not lose.

UNSUNG HERO

Eric Nystrom's ability to take a punch to the head with a helmet didn't affect his job on the penalty kill.

HIT OF THE GAME

In the first period, Dallas forward Loui Eriksson had to look down to find a puck in his feet. Calgary's Rene Bourque took full advantage of the opportunity to send him backwards to the ice.

SAVE OF THE GAME

Flames defenceman Mark Giordano stopped a sure goal with just over a minute remaining in overtime, which sent the game to a shootout.

FIRST PERIOD

In his second shift, Iginla had a scoring chance and couldn't get the puck off, so sensing the need to spark himself, he tried the next time on the ice to fight both Brian Sutherby and Steve Ott. Receiving no takers, Iginla dug deep and scored on the club's mid-period powerplay chance for his 22nd of the season. That tally snapped his goal-scoring drought at 11 games. He nearly tallied again soon after on a one-timer, but Alex Auld stuck out his leg just in time.

Period stats: One goal, two shots, one attempt blocked, 7:22 of ice time.

SECOND PERIOD

A point shot by Iginla was too hot to handle for Auld, and the Stars goalie couldn't handle Jamie Lundmark's rebound shot, either. That's when Olli Jokinen slipped home his goal. With the good comes the bad, though. Iginla's inability to clear the zone in the final minute led to James Neal's goal with 24 seconds remaining in the period and made it a 3-2 game for Calgary heading into the third period.

Period stats: One shot, two attempts blocked, 7:41 of ice time.

THIRD PERIOD/OT

A quiet third period and extra frame for the captain while the team was outshot 11-3 and dominated. No shots -- none even attempted -- and not much else. Not what a team needs from its leader.

Final stats: 3 shots, three blocked, two missed the net, and 4-for-7 in the faceoff circle in 23:16 of ice time.

UP NEXT

TONIGHT: Calgary Flames at Phoenix Coyotes, 7 p.m., Pay-per-view, Fan 960.


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