The Stars have an early icing call go against them that results in a quick 1-0 lead for the Flames and had the Stars, or maybe just the fans, once again feeling like we were in for another bad night of hockey. However, the Stars looked a completely different team and immediately dominated and looked like the Stars team we saw towards the end of 2019.
It’s game day, round 1 kicks off today as the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames kick things off in Edmonton.
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The Dallas Stars have finally got their heavy road schedule out the way and after a tough trip west the Stars return home to take on the Calgary Flames.
For the first time in what feels like all season the Stars came out to play tonight from the very first whistle, too many times have we seen the Stars largely out shot in the first period and only thanks to dominant 2nd periods have they had a chance in games, tonight however, this was not the case, they came out fighting and finished the first with a 1-0 lead, thanks to the captain Jamie Benn on a nice feed from Tyler Seguin, along with a 14-6 shot advantage.
Dallas continued to pile on the pressure and during 5-on-5 play the Stars are just by far the better team, they are giving the Flames no room with the puck, making it impossible to enter the Stars zone and even harder to get any good scoring chances. The Stars are also looking great on the penalty kill, however the power play looks like it needs work again as they struggled to set up or look dangerous on their opportunities.
Ben Bishop was having a fantastic game until the was hit in the chin behind the net, the stayed in and made another stop before being taken off the ice to be checked out, Khudobin comes in and is perfect as the goes 3-for-3 to finish the second period, Big Ben Bishop then steps back in to finish the game stopping all shots.
Radek Faksa is the Star who got Dallas their 2nd goal of the night on a nice deke in front of the net as the Stars return to the win column and pick up their 5th straight win at home and 5th straight win against the Flames.
Score: 1-0 DAL
Shots: 28-24 DAL
Face Off: 57% DAL
Power Play: 0/2 DAL
Penalty Kill: 4/4 DAL
Hits: 21-14 DAL
The Dallas Stars return home after a tough road trip! The Stars are still fighting several injuries and had a tough time on the road in Vegas and California, somewhere they are usually strong However, despite not playing full 60 minute games the Stars managed to keep each game very close. But dropping 4 of 4 and all in regulation was a big drop for the Stars who now sit 5 points out of a playoff spot.
Time to turn things around? Well luckily the Stars will play 5 of their remaining 7 games of the 2018 calender year at the AAC, kicking things off against the Flames who they have been red-hot against lately and currently hold a 4 game winning streak against them. Points are now crucial so the Stars will need a big push.
The Stars do have some very good news, Klingberg is skating with the team again, and could be set to return this week, he will not play against Calgary, but could return Thursday against Chicago, this will be a huge boost for the Stars who need an offensive boost!!!
Game 34: Dallas Stars (16-14-3) vs. Calgary Flames (22-10-2)
When: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. CT
Where: American Airlines Center (Dallas, Texas) GET TICKETS
Radio: KTCK 1310-AM, 96.7-FM
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Dallas played on the second night of a back-to-back on their tour of Alberta, the first game against Edmonton required overtime, and this game was no different, although this time Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn connect to allow the Stars to walk away with 2 points.
Score: 4-3 DAL
Shots: 28-33 CGY
Face off: 52% DAL
Power Play: 1/2 DAL
Penalty Kill: 4/5 DAL
Hits: 10-6 DAL
As the Dallas Stars get set to take on the Calgary Flames on this 2nd game of a 5 game home stand we take a look at the club visiting the AAC tonight.
This is the last meeting between the two clubs this season, the Stars have won both the previous meetings. The Flames are coming in hot, and have been particularly hot on the road this season (2nd best road record in NHL).
The focus for the Stars in training after their loss last time out against the Jets has been their power play, they had a dry spell where they were not given any power play, then had a lot of 5-3 and 5-4 time against the Ducks but couldn’t get a goal. They played well against Winnipeg but the special teams play was the difference in the game.
Ben Bishop will get the start tonight, he will be looking to get his game back on track. Jon Gillies gets the start for the Flames.
It’s a really good start for the Stars, and finally a game that isn’t filled with icings and offsides to start things off, so the clock is running down fast.
The Stars have the better of and more opportunities in the first 5 minutes of this one, it takes the Flames 6 minutes to get their first real tester in on Ben Bishop, they then follow up with a few good chances after some sloppy defensive work by the Stars. The TV timeout comes at a good time to allow the Stars to reset.
After the TV timeout the Stars to get their game back together and are controlling the play, however, the Flames have several layers to their defense, and the Stars are struggling to get shots through to the net despite some good chances and zone time.
9 minutes left in the first and on an offensive zone face-off the Stars win the draw, but immediately the whistle blows and Roussel is sent to the box for interference. The Flames start their power play and the Stars control the puck but on the first clear Methot slaps it over the boards and the Flames are on a long 5-on-3 two-man advantage.
The Flames spend almost the entirety of the power play in the Stars zone as you would expect on a 5-on-3, however the Stars limit them to only a few shots on net and Bishop is fantastic stopping all of them and the Stars get through the penalty kill and the fans at the AAC appreciate it!
Just a minute after the Flames power play comes to an end and after some good play by the Stars and Lazar interferes with Elie and the Stars will get their first power play.
As I mentioned before the game, the Stars have been practicing their power play after recent poor performances, and it shows, the Stars on just a 1-man advantage look more dangerous than the Flames did on their 2-man advantage. Seguin gets a few chances, Klingberg rigs one of the post and the power play is looking good. The Flames somehow manages to kill off the Stars power play.
The Stars keep the pressure on and the next chance comes to Shore who rings another shot off the post, the Stars are getting very close!
Ellie forces a turn over in the Calgary zone and creates a 3-on-1 for the Stars in close, the puck comes off Ellie stick to Devin Shore who pulls it round the Calgary defense and on a patient play wrists one past Gillies and gives Dallas a well-deserved 1 goal lead.
The building is loud and with less than a minute left in the first the Stars have the puck in neutral ice and Hathaway holds on to John Klingberg and the Stars are going back on the power play.
Score: 0-1 DAL
Shots: 8-10 DAL
FO: 57% DAL
Hits: 3-10 DAL
The Stars start the 2nd period with 1:40 left on the power play.
The Stars loose the opening draw so it takes them some time to set up, the remainder of the power play is good and exciting, but the Stars can’t extend their lead.
Almost immediately after getting back to 5-on-5 Pitlick is sent to the box for slashing, looks like tonight will be a special teams night!
The Stars penalty kill is fantastic again, this time they manage to keep the Flames out of their zone for the majority of the man advantage.
13:50 left in the period and the Stars are managing their lead, they are not giving the Flames any easy opportunities and look in control, the shots are now 13-14 DAL.
Almost at the midway point of the game and Bennet high sticks Patteryn and put the Stars back on the power play.
It would be good for the Stars to convert on this power play, not just for some breathing room in the game, but to get rewarded on what has been a fantastic power play.
And it doesn’t take long, the Stars get the puck into the offensive zone and Benn slides it across the net to Seguin who puts the Stars up by 2.
Something then happens at the Calgary bench after the goal that results in an unsportsmanlike call, so the Stars will stay on the power play.
The Stars start the power play with a break from Radulov, he drops the puck back to Ritchie who gets a great chance to tip on in, but can’t find the net.
The rest of the power play looks a little less dangerous and the Flames kill it off.
The referees who have been very busy tonight now call an interference call against the Stars and Pitlick, the Flames will get their 4th power play of the game.
It’s a good Start for the Flames and Monahan gets a great shot on Bishop who makes a big stop.
The Flames are well set up in the Stars zone, they are getting shot after shot, all going wide, but they are always able to regain possession and get the puck back to the points for another shot, but the shots that do make it through to Bishop he handles and keeps the Stars up.
Some more good play by the Stars and it forces another penalty this time on Stone for Slashing Faksa.
The Stars power play is looking good again and Ritchie hits the post yet again.
The Stars however give up a couple of chances to the Flames who are getting desperate, and Ben Bishop comes up with 3 huge shorthanded stops.
The Flames kill off the penalty, but with 6 seconds left in the 2nd Dougie Hamilton makes a rather obvious trip in center ice and the Stars will go straight back on their 6th power play of the night.
Score: 0-2 DAL
Shots: 25-18 CGY
PP: 0/4 CGY – 1/5 DAL
FO: 60% DAL
Hits: 4-13 DAL
The Stars can’t convert on their 6th power play of the game, the pace has slowed down a little in the third.
Both teams manage to stay 5-on-5 for a few minutes before Pitlick runs the pile in front of the Dallas Bench that results in his 3rd minor penalty of the game.
The Stars who have been unbeatable so far tonight on both the penalty kill and 5-on-5 manage to keep the Flames from scoring yet again and the Flames go 0/5 on the power play.
Over half-way through the period, the Flames have had more chances this period and are leading 10-5 in shots as they are pushing to try to get one back. This is starting to give the Stars some open ice who are getting good chances on the rush.
7 minutes left and the play is still mostly being played in Dallas’ ice, however, the Stars are not giving them any chances and every so often get a break the other way and look dangerous and in control of the game.
The play for the last few minutes has been very much the same and with under 2 minutes to go Pitlick takes his 4th minor of the night, Calgary goes on the power play and pull Gillies to have final 6-on-4 push.
The Stars defend well and Ben Bishop makes a few more fantastic stops and makes a total of 38 stops to get the shut out as the Stars win 2-0.
Score: 2-0 DAL
Shots: 38-26 CGY
PP: 0/6 CGY – 1/6 DAL
FO: 58% DAL
Hits: 7-17 DAL
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