The Flames Won The Hard Way With A 6-5 Decision In Dallas

They put in more than 40 minutes a year together. Well, maybe 39:14 to be more precise. They scored half a dozen goals, limited the Dallas Stars to just one goal, and looked poised to lead Nashville by two points.
The Flames won the hard way with a 6-5 decision in Dallas
Then, chaos entered the chat.With just 46 seconds left in the second half, the Stars sowed a small seed of doubt with their second goal. Three more follow in the third period. Just like that, a 6-1 that was as comfortable as any team in the NHL turned into a chaotic course of defense desperation as the Flames held on for dear life for a 6-5 win over the Stars in Dallas.

The good news is that they succeeded. Regardless of the outcome and circumstances, they got what they came for.

Calgary Flames goaltender Dan Vladar summed it up after stopping 28 of 33 shots for their second consecutive win, “Two points. That’s what it is in this league. Nobody asks about the score. Only two points are the most important thing.” on a road trip. “Better to win 6-5 than lose 1-0.”

He is not mistaken. But, wow, what an adventurous way to get there.

Andrew Mangiapan (only 25 seconds) and Trevor Lewis scored in the first period. As did STARZ veteran Jimmy Penn. Elias Lindholm, Nazim Kadri, Rasmus Anderson and Chris Tani all took the lead in the second half before Tyler Seguin’s late momentum change result.

Although the Stars blocked a shot for the first seven minutes of the final frame, their first shot went in. Joe Pavelski scored twice and Colin Miller really made the Calgary Flames fan base sweat with nearly five minutes left in the game.

“Insane third, obviously,” said Tanev, who was his first goal of the season. Most importantly, he got the two points. But obviously letting them control the last 12 minutes well, so we have to do better. Leading 6-1, it should be very easy to finish off.”

It wasn’t.

This year the Calgary Flames rarely did anything the easy way. They lead the league in Finals by one goal, and have also given up the lead in more games played than any other NHL team.

But with a 2-0-2 record on this five-game trip so far, it’s hard to complain too much. Jonathan Huberdeau caught  a pair of assists. Kadri got two points, as did Tanev, Anderson, Mackenzie and Wigar. The team has earned points in 14 of the last 17 games. That’s not bad. And it wasn’t the fact that they were ranked first in the Western Conference.

“I think we’re playing well,” said Huberdeau. “Obviously we let (the gas) go in the third period. We have to take that as a learning curve.”

“We got the two points we wanted and I think we’ve put up a lot of points lately, so we have to keep doing what we’re doing.”