Flames score 4 goals in 2nd period, hold off Stars 6-5
Published on Saturday, January 14, 2023 | 7:02 pm
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DALLAS (AP) – Nazem Kadri’s team-best 17th goal and Chris Tanev’s first of the season were part of Calgary’s four-goal second period as the Flames held on to beat the Dallas Stars 6-5 on Saturday.
Andrew Mangiapane scored just 25 seconds into the game and Trevor Lewis, Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Andersson also scored for the Flames. Calgary led 6-1 late in the second period and has picked up points in its last five games (3-0-2).
Dan Vladar made 29 saves to earn his second straight start in a backup goalie game. The Flames hold the first wild card position in the West.
Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist for the Stars, who are winless in two straight and four of their last six games. Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist and Jamie Benn and Colin Miller also scored for Dallas. Scott Wedgewood made 30 saves in his 13th start of the season.
The Stars and Winnipeg Jets are tied for the most points in the Central Division (57), the Jets have one game less.
Flames coach Darryl Sutter said he wasn’t worried after the lead was cut from five goals to one.
“Anxious means you’re scared — you don’t know what you’re doing,” Sutter said.
Seguin started the Stars’ rally, scoring from the second half with 46 seconds left in the second period. Pavelski scored at 7:19 and 12:54 of the third, and Miller cut the deficit to one at 15:23.
“The second period leaves us; that’s the disappointment of the night,” Pavelski said. “It was fun trying to plug it back in, but it’s a big hole.”
Lewis and Lindholm scored on the power play to tie for the team high in power play goals this season after the Flames were shut out with the man advantage in five of their previous six games.
The six goals allowed matches the most this season by Dallas, who entered the game tied for second in the NHL with a 2.55 goals-against average.
“It definitely wasn’t Wedgy’s fault,” Dallas coach Pete DeBoer said. “I just didn’t play well enough for a long time.”
Kadri, Tanev and Andersson also had an assist.
Kadri’s goal at 13:07 through traffic from 35 feet for a 4-1 lead was unsuccessfully challenged by Dallas for offside. Tanev’s layup from the point was Calgary’s last of the period at 17:57, giving the Flames a 6-1 lead.
Mangiapane scored just 25 seconds into the game’s first shot on goal, a putback on a Blake Coleman pass from behind the goal line that fell to Mikael Backlund.
IT STILL HAS IT
Lewis, Calgary’s 36-year-old fourth-line center, has eight goals in his 15th NHL season. He is on pace to surpass his season-best 14 points scored with the Los Angeles Kings in 2017-18. This was his third career goal.
“And we’ve put him in situations where he’s playing with kids,” Sutter said.
Calgary’s Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar and Dallas’ Jason Robertson and Miro Heiskanen each had two assists. Robertson was fourth in the NHL with 58 points in the game and has points in 11 of his last 13 games. … Benn scored Dallas’ sixth goal of the season, two shy of the league high, in his 992nd career game for the Minnesota-Dallas franchise that began in 1967. That tied Neal Broten for the second to Mike Modano (1,459). … Seguin has 400 career assists. … Calgary leads the NHL with 49 first-period goals and is 11-1-2 when leading after a period.
Flames: Will wrap up a five-game Central Division road trip Monday against the Nashville Predators.
Stars: Will begin a three-game Pacific Division road trip Monday against the Vegas Golden Knights.
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