Michael Cammalleri’s hat-trick lifts Flames past Stars

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Calgary, AB, United States (4E Sports) – Michael Cammalleri made up for lost time after missing three games due to slightly torn hip flexor, scoring a hat-trick to carry the Calgary Flames past the Dallas Stars, 7-4, Wednesday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Curtis Glencross scored his fifth goal of the season and Jiri Hudler added his fourth as the Flames snapped a two-game losing skid and improved their record to 4-4-3.

Jay Bouwmeester added his third goal of the season, Roman Cervenka contributed a score while netminder Leland Irving stopped 30 shots for the Flames, who snapped the Stars’ four-game winning run.

Brenden Morrow scored two goals to raise his tally to three this season, Eric Nystrom added his second of the year and Cody Eakin delivered a point on a power play goal for the Stars, who dropped to 7-6-1.

The Flames, who were limited to two goals in back-to-back losses, quickly ignited their offense against netminder Richard Bachman, who tallied 16 saves.

In the first period, Bachman kicked out Cammalleri’s initial shot but Jay Bouwmeester was there to pick up the loose puck and deliver the first goal, just 3:11 into the game.

In the other goal, Irving had an incredible save before the Flames added a power-play goal from Hurder with assists from Alex Tanguay and Dennis Wideman.

Cammalleri scored his first goal of the year but Nystrom countered with a score to put the Stars on the board. However, the Flames added another score from Cervenka to take a 4-1 lead.

Morrow hit his second goal to open the second period with help from Jaromir Jagr and Jamie Benn before Cammalleri added his second tally of the game to restore a three-goal lead for the Flames.

Then, the Stars capitalized on a miscue in front of the Flames’ net, with Morrow poking in a shot under the glove of Irving to make it 5-3.

Glencross tallied another goal for Calgary to make it a 6-3 advantage going into the final period.

In the third, the Stars trimmed the lead to 6-4 after Cody Eakin’s slapshot over the shoulder of Irving.

However, Cammalleri scored an empty-net goal with 1:26 remaining in the game for his hat-trick and 200th goal of his career.

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