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Flames rally in 3rd to beat Stars 4-3

DALLAS (AP) -- Just when it looked like the Dallas Stars were
rolling, the Calgary Flames battled back, capitalizing on their
grit and depth.

Steve Begin, Matt Stajan and Roman Horak each scored their first
goals of the season in the third period and the Calgary Flames
overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat the Dallas Stars 4-3
Sunday night.

"It feels good, but the most important thing is we came out with
two points," said Begin, who sat out all of last season with a
hip injury and hadn't scored since the 2010 playoffs. "We needed
those points and that's a huge win. We've got to be proud of
ourselves but we've got to bring the same intensity for the next
few games."

Begin snapped a 3-3 tie with 9:30 remaining. After Chris
Butler's slap shot from the left point was blocked in front,
Begin outbattled two Stars defenders to get to the loose puck
and fire a wrister that beat goaltender Richard Bachman.

"I didn't see the initial shot," Bachman said. "There were a
lot of bodies in front, it kind of bounced around and kicked out
to my right, and as soon as I saw that, the first instinct's to
get the pad down, try and seal the ice. He kind of spun around
and he got a little elevation on it."

It was the Flames' second victory over the Stars in five days,
having won 7-4 in Calgary on Wednesday.

"We showed lots of character. I'm very proud of our players,"
said Flames coach Bob Hartley, whose club is 3-1-1 on the road
this year. "We had a good talk after the second period. I told
them if we want to build some foundation to be a playoff team,
it's games like this that we need to win."

Michael Cammalleri also scored for Calgary, while Joey MacDonald
made 27 saves for his first win while making his first start and
second appearance overall for the Flames since he was claimed
off waivers from Detroit on Feb. 11.

"It's been a long time and it's been frustrating, ups and downs,
good days, bad days," said MacDonald, who last won an NHL game
on March 9, 2012. "But tonight 30 shots, I felt pretty good in
there for not playing in a while."

Antoine Roussel, Reilly Smith and Ryan Garbutt scored
second-period goals for Dallas, while Bachman stopped 22 shots
five days after he gave up six goals on 22 shots in Calgary.

Coming off an emotional 4-3 comeback triumph in Vancouver on
Friday, the Stars were upset to have let this one slip away.

"It's very frustrating," said Smith, who scored for the second
straight game. "With the big win in Vancouver, it's kind of not
worth it anymore because with those two points that we should
have had tonight, we let them go."

The result was particularly frustrating for the Stars because
they reversed a disturbing trend that has plagued them this
season by taking control of the contest with a strong second
period, scoring three goals while outshooting Calgary 22-12,
establishing a new season high for shots in a period. Over their
first 15 contests, Dallas had been outscored 20-12 in middle

"It's very disappointing, very disappointing that we didn't come
out with two points here at home," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan
said. "We needed to be stronger in front of our net. You got to
be battle-ready for 60 minutes. I think we just lost some

With the Stars up 3-1 early in the final period, the Flames
pulled even with two goals within a 45-second stretch that
quieted the 17,340 in attendance.

First, Horak scored at 1:39 of the third, banging home a
point-blank rebound after Bachman made a pad save on Jay
Bouwmeester's wrist shot.

Stajan tied it at 2:24 after Lee Stempniak fed a backhand pass
from behind the net out front, where Stajan drilled a one-timer
past Bachman's glove.

"Our forechecking was much better, but more importantly we put
pucks at the net with traffic and we found those loose pucks,"
Hartley said of the third period. "A great play by Stempniak on
that short pass to Stajan. Tonight we had three huge goals in
that third period."

Trailing 1-0 early in the second period, the Stars struck twice
within 56 seconds to surge ahead 2-1.

Roussel tied it just 1:51 in, camping out in front to screen
MacDonald and re-directing Cody Eakin's high, floating wrister
over MacDonald's glove. The goal was originally credited to
Eakin, but replays clearly showed the puck glancing off Roussel
for his third of the year and second in the last two games.

Smith then recorded his second goal in as many games when he
corralled his own rebound and lifted a backhander from the edge
of the crease over a prone MacDonald at 2:47.

"I'm getting more comfortable every day," said Smith, a
21-year-old rookie who went scoreless in his first 12 games. "It
was a tough start to the year, and I wanted to help the team a
little bit more offensively. But everything's kind of happening
for me out there right now."

The Stars made it 3-1 with 4:37 left in the second on Garbutt's
third of the year. MacDonald made a pad save on Stephane
Robidas' wrist shot from the left circle, but Garbutt pounced on
the rebound and popped it over MacDonald's pad.

Garbutt, who fought Begin in the first period, now has three
points (two goals, one assist) in four games since he sat out
three in a row as a healthy scratch.

Calgary jumped on top 1-0 at 8:11 of the opening period when
Cammalleri notched his fourth goal of the season - all have come
against Dallas. With the Flames still on a power play, and just
6 seconds after a 5-on-3 advantage expired, Cammalleri fired a
wrist shot from a sharp angle to the right of the net and it
slipped under Bachman's blocker and went in.

NOTES: The loss for the Stars snapped a 79-game streak in which
they hadn't lost in regulation after taking a lead into the
third period, going 71-0-8 since falling to Nashville on Oct.
31, 2009. . Dallas D Trevor Daley left the contest after the
second period with an upper body injury and did not return. He
will be re-evaluated on Monday. ... Cammalleri continued his
recent success against Dallas. He had a hat trick against the
Stars in the Flames' 7-4 win Wednesday and now has 11 points
(seven goals, four assists) in the last five meetings between
the clubs. Overall, since missing three games with a lower body
injury, he has collected four goals and two assists in the last
three contests. ... Stars G Kari Lehtonen was placed on the
injured list Sunday, retroactive to Friday, with a groin injury.
He had to come out of the Stars' 4-3 win over Vancouver. He is
not expected to be out more than the week he is required to
spend on injured reserve.

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