CALGARY – It wasn’t quite how Henrik Karlsson envisioned registering his first home-ice victory but the Calgary Flames goalie will take it.
Karlsson surrendered four goals on 27 shots but got plenty of offensive support as the Flames defeated Dallas 7-4 on Friday night to snap the Stars’ club-record eight-game road win streak.
“It’s about time, this a fun moment for me,”said Karlsson, who improved to 4-3-4 in his first NHL season.“Sometimes I’ve lost when I let in one goal, so this is better than losing 2-1.
“Tonight, our forwards were really good and scored a lot of goals and made it easier for me to play.”
David Moss had two goals and an assist to lead the Flames as the game marked just the sixth time since the 2004-05 lockout that a goaltender other than Miikka Kiprusoff had won on home ice.
Two nights after Kiprusoff was booed by the home fans after giving up six goals on 24 shots in a 6-0 loss to Minnesota, the Flames scored seven goals on 19 shots against shaky Stars goaltender Andrew Raycroft.
“We didn’t get a very good performance from our goaltender tonight,”said Stars coach Marc Crawford.“We know our goalie has been terrific all year and he probably feels worse than anyone else.”
Raycroft, who fell to 8-4-0, entered the night with a 2.05 goals-against-average and sparkling .934 save percentage.
”We got pucks to the net and were fortunate to get a few bounces,”said Moss.“We needed more bodies at the net and we certainly did that tonight and were rewarded.”
Dallas drew to within 5-4 just 31 seconds into the third period when Neal scored his 20th goal by converting the rebound of Jamie Langenbrunner’s shot off the post.
However, Jarome Iginla pounced on a Trevor Daley turnover and restored Calgary’s two-goal lead with an unassisted goal at 4:20. Iginla reached the 20-goal plateau for the 12th straight time and 13th time in 14 seasons.
Moss recorded his second of the game at 12:12 as Calgary took only nine seconds to convert its first power play of the night.
“It was a different game. A hard game on the goalies with not a lot of shots either way but all of a sudden it would be a point-blank chance,”Iginla said.“That’s the way it goes sometimes.
“Some nights you get 40 or 45 shots and a ton of good looks and you come out of it with not very many. Tonight, we were opportunistic.”
Olli Jokinen, Alex Tanguay and Brendan Morrison also had a goal and an assist for Calgary (21-21-6). Mikael Backlund had the other goal.
The Flames remain in 14th place in the Western Conference but a 7-3-3 run has them within six points of Chicago and Colorado, who are tied for seventh and hold down the final two playoff spots.
Brenden Morrow, Brad Richards, Nicklas Grossman and James Neal with his 20th goal scored for Dallas (29-14-5). Mike Ribeiro had three assists to extend his career-high points streak to 11 games, the longest active streak in the NHL.
The Pacific Division-leading Stars lost for the first time in 2011 after posting a 7-0-1 record in January.
“I give our guys credit, we battled back and got it to 5-4 but it was one of those games where you couldn’t make a mistake and Raycroft, whose been sensational this year, had a tough night,”Crawford said.
The next opponent for both teams is Vancouver. The Flames play the Northwest Division-leading Canucks on Saturday night while the Stars visit Rogers Arena on Monday night.
“This was a good bounce-back game for us, now we’re at .500 but we have to get above it and keep it going,”Iginla said.
Tied 2-2 in the second, Calgary broke the game open with three straight goals.
Backlund neatly tipped Tim Jackman’s centring pass over Raycroft’s shoulder at 11:51. The Flames then really fired up the sellout crowd of 19,289 with goals 54 seconds apart from Moss and Morrison, who scored his first goal in 17 games.
However, Morrison’s goal scoring slump paled in comparison to the 129-game stretch Dallas’s Grossman had gone before his point shot at 19:12 of the second eluded a screened Karlsson to get the Stars back to within two.
“They scored on the chances they had and we made a few mistakes that cost us,”Ribeiro said.“Usually our goalies make some crazy saves that keeps us in the game but today wasn’t the case.”
NOTES—Dallas LW Loui Eriksson (flu) did not play, his first game missed since the 2007-08 season… Dallas D Matt Niskanen (hand) returned after missing six games… Prior to Friday night, Calgary had only five home-ice victories from a back-up goaltender dating back to 2005-06 — Curtis McElhinney (twice), Jamie McLennan (twice) and Brian Boucher. McElhinney was the last to do it beating Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2009… In his last six starts in which he was pulled twice, Kiprusoff is 1-2-1 with a 4.40 GAA and .831 save percentage… Calgary RW Tom Kostopoulos served the final game of his six-game suspension.