Sliding Flames host Stars
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames hope to snap their longest losing streak of the season on Thursday night when they play host to the Dallas Stars.
The Flames have dropped four straight, though they did manage a point in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime setback to the San Jose Sharks thanks to a comeback.
Calgary was held to just six shots through the first two periods and trailed 2-0, but got third-period goals from Kris Russell and Mike Cammalleri. Reto Berra was also key to the rally and the rookie ended with 32 saves, but was bested on a deflection at the 1:13 mark of overtime.
"We're pretty lucky as a coaching staff because we're coaching a great bunch of guys," said Calgary head coach Bob Hartley. "Those guys want to do well and most of the time and in many occasions we get the best out of our guys."
Berra was making his home debut and fell to 1-2-1 with a 3.23 goals against average and .900 save percentage through the first four starts of his career. He is expected to start again tonight.
Cammalleri has a goal in three straight games and has tallied five times in his past five tilts, but Calgary has still lost 10 of 13 and is on its longest losing streak since dropping five in a row from March 29-April 6 of last season.
The Flames will try to take advantage of catching a Stars club that is playing on back-to-back nights. However, Dallas is coming off Wednesday's 3-0 road victory over the Edmonton Oilers, the club's fourth win in five games. All four of those victories have come on the road.
Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves in his first shutout of the season and 23rd of his career. Rich Peverley scored in the second period for the Stars before Tyler Seguin and Antoine Roussel notched empty-net goals.
Dallas won despite going 0-for-6 on the power play and the club is just 2- for-35 on the man advantage over its past 10 games. However, the Stars did keep the Oilers scoreless on five power-play chances, including 1:31 of 5-on-3 hockey in the second period.
"It was a little bit of a see-saw battle where special teams on both teams could have made a bit of a difference," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "It seemed like penalty killing prevailed. We could have put the game away later when we had our opportunities and we didn't."
Lehtonen is 7-3-2 with a 2.69 GAA in 12 career games versus the Flames, making 28 saves in a 5-1 home victory on Oct. 24. Backup Dan Ellis is 4-5-0 with a 2.82 GAA in 10 games versus Calgary, including eight starts.
Alex Chiasson and Jamie Benn both scored twice in the earlier win over the Flames, the Stars' fifth in the last eight meetings overall.
Dallas has lost two straight and four of its past five in Calgary.
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