Stars win 5th straight

Jere Lehtinen and rookie James Neal scored power-play goals and the Dallas Stars stretched their season-long winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Brad Richards added an insurance goal late in the third period and Marty Turco stopped 24 shots for the Stars, 9-1-1 in their past 11 home games. Turco, who has allowed 12 goals in his past seven games, improved to 14-6-3 in his career against Calgary.

Dallas began the night 25th in the league in power-play percentage, but the Stars have five man-advantage goals in their past three games.

Michael Cammalleri scored his 13th power-play goal of the season and Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves for the Flames, who lost their second straight but are still 14-5-3 in their past 22 games. Calgary was beaten 4-3 at Colorado on Monday night.

Neal flipped a rebound of his own shot over a sprawling Kiprusoff at 4:21 of the second period to give Dallas a 2-1 edge.

Dallas had a chance to extend that lead on the power play with about 4:15 remaining when Stephane Robidas’ shot from just inside the blue line hit the right post.

But Richards scored off the backhand on a give-and-go with Neal at 16:44 of the third period to give Dallas a two-goal pad.

The teams were meeting for the first time since Dec. 2 in Calgary when then-Dallas winger Sean Avery made crude comments to reporters about ex-girlfriends, words that led to Avery’s suspension and eventual parting of the ways with the Stars.

Dallas was a 3-1 winner in that game, sparking a 16-7-3 run to climb into playoff position.

Cammalleri’s power-play rebound at 6:52 of the first period gave the Flames early momentum. Seconds earlier, Todd Bertuzzi appeared to have knocked a rebound past Turco, but a video review proved inconclusive and Cammalleri was credited with his team-high 26th goal.

Lehtinen’s deflection of Matt Niskanen’s shot from the point with 43.8 seconds left in the first period tied it at 1.


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