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Dallas Stars douse the Calgary Flames

After having a tough time in their last few games, the Dallas Stars managed to pull out a big win against the Calgary Flames with the return of their head goaltender Kari Lehtonen from injury.

It was a one sided game most with the Stars dominating the scoring and managing to get five goals, with Lehtonen only letting one goal get past him.

The first period got off to a good start, playing well and working hard to make an early statement and get the upper hand. That’s exactly what they did as the ever-dazzling rookie Alex Chiasson got an early goal four minutes into the period with Ray Whitney and Cody Eakin helping him get the puck past Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo. The Stars picked up a penalty about seventeen minutes in the period as their defensemen Kevin Connauton was caught holding, serving two minutes in the sin bin. The Calgary Flames were not able to score on the powerplay, bringing the first period came to an end with the Stars having a 1-0 lead.

Dallas came out of the gate in the second period ready to not only defend their lead but extend it as well.  The Flames managed to tie up the game early in the period with Lee Stempniak getting the first and last Calgary goal of the game against Kari Lehtonen, Matt Stajan and Dennis Wideman assisted. The Stars didn’t leave the game tied up for too long as Alex Chiasson game out and got yet another, bringing his season tally to 5 and Ray Whitney once again got the assist. About 20 seconds later in the game Stars captain Jamie Benn picked up a goal, assisted by Rich Peverley and Kari Lehtonen. The Stars weren’t quite finished lighting up the goal horns just yet, as Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon got a nice wrister past Ramo, with the goal being assisted by Shawn Horcoff. Chris Breen of the Flames and Lane MacDermid got heated soon after, leading to a great fight between the two. The second period came to an end with the Stars having an even greater lead, 4-1.

The Calgary Flames came into the third and final period looking to try to even up the score, but Kari Lehtonen had other plans, blocking every shot that came at him. Early in the period Jamie Benn stuffed a backhander into the net, assisted by none other than Alex Chiasson, bringing Benn to two goals for the night and Chiasson to a three point night with two goals and one assist. There were several penalties throughout the rest of the period on behalf of the Flames as their frustrations were certainly beginning to show. The Flames were unable to even get one more goal and the game came to an end with the Stars having a beautiful 5-1 lead, very refreshing after their last couple games.

Dallas Stars douse the Calgary Flames
The Dallas Stars celebrate a big win against the Calgary Flames.
(Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

This was a great game to watch for Stars fans after the Stars were beaten in their last few games and was also nice to see the return of our beloved goaltender Kari Lehtonen. The star of the game was Dallas rookie and top goal scorer for the Stars Alex Chiasson who picked up two goals and an assist. Also having a great game was Stars captain Jamie Benn, who also managed two goals, and Ray Whitney, picking up two assists on each of Chiasson’s goals. The Stars exhibited great teamwork in this game, but will need to continue to do so if they want to make it to the top, which they are certainly capable of doing this season.

 

A new star is rising in Dallas.

 

 

You can catch the Stars tomorrow as they take on the Winnipeg Jets at 6:00 pm (CT) in Dallas.

Brendon Carlton

Brendon Carlton

21 year old aspiring film director/producer, writer, and lifelong fan of hockey and the Dallas Stars. Dallas Stars contributor for Hooked on Hockey Magazine
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