Series (Game 1 of 4)
Dallas leads 3-1
(3-1-0, 6 pts)
(1-3-1, 3 pts)
9:00 PM ET, October 13, 2005
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
M. Lombardi (Flames - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2
M. Modano (Stars - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 3
C. Kobasew (Flames - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The Dallas Stars ruined the Calgary
Flames' big night.
Defenseman Philippe Boucher scored with 55 seconds left in
overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 victory Thursday night in the
Flames' home opener.
It was the third straight loss for Calgary, which raised the
2003-04 Western Conference championship banner before the game in
front of a sellout crowd.
The Stars knew what to expect.
"We talked about this for a while now, knowing what was coming
before the game," Boucher said. "What they did two years ago was
pretty special and a lot of those guys are still here."
Mike Modano had three assists for Dallas, which also got goals
from Jere Lehtinen and Martin Skoula.
Steve Reinprecht and Chuck Kobasew scored for the Flames with
Matthew Lombardi assisting on both goals.
Miikka Kiprusoff, who led the Flames on their run to the Stanley
Cup finals in 2004, had 19 saves.
"I'm happy we came back, but I'm not happy we didn't come all
the way back," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.
Sutter, who rarely gives out accolades, praised the play of
rookie Dion Phaneuf, who had three shots on net and sparked the
crowd with a fight against Bill Guerin late in the second period.
"His whole performance should give our team life," Sutter
Jarome Iginla of the Flames had only two shots on net, none in
the third period.
Dallas came into the game 2-for-22 on the power play, but the
Stars matched that total with their first two goals of the game.
Lehtinen scored at 9:04 of the second period and Skoula made it
2-0 4:04 later.
Boucher said the new-look NHL has been great for Modano.
"This is working to his favor, the no hooking, no holding and
flying through the neutral zone. He's sure making the most of it,"
Reinprecht scored with five minutes left in the second and
Kobasew tied it with 5:32 left in regulation.
The Flames have yet to score in the first period, something
Sutter says must change.
"I'd like to score seven, eight, nine, 10 goals in the first
period one of these games," he deadpanned.
The Flames had a chance to win the game late in the third
period, when Chris Simon came crashing in on Marty Turco, but the
goalie snatched the puck as it was headed for the top shelf.
Lehtinen and Modano set up Boucher's second goal of the season
on Dallas' fourth shot of the overtime.
Dallas finished 2-of-6 on the power play, adding to Calgary's
league-worst total of 13 goals allowed with a man advantage.
Turco made 18 saves.