It's not often that Brenden Morrow produces a major gaffe. He picked a bad time to deliver an unfortunate one Friday night.
Matthew Lombardi converted Morrow's giveaway at the Dallas blueline with his second goal of the game with 1:40 left in overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2, come-from-behind win over the Stars at American Airlines Center.
Lombardi tied the game with a goal midway through the third period, and Jarome Iginla had a first-period goal for the Flames, who won for the first time this season. Coming in, Calgary was one of only two teams (Atlanta) who had yet to win a game this season.
"It wasn't anybody's fault out there but my own," Morrow said. "My teammates rely on me to make those plays, and the onus is completely on me."
Mike Modano and Niklas Hagman scored for the Stars, who lost for the first time in nine home games against the Flames. The goal left Modano four points shy of tying Phil Housley as the top U.S.-born scorer.
Flames 3, Stars 2 (OT) PHOTO GALLERY
Skating with the puck in the neutral zone, Morrow sent a soft, backwards pass towards Dallas defenseman Philippe Boucher. But Boucher was already heading up ice, and the puck slid free into the Dallas zone. Lombardi, with a head of steam, darted after the loose puck and immediately ripped a shot that eluded goalie Marty Turco to the short side.
"I thought Brenden had full control on that last play," Boucher said. "It's my full responsibility to stay back, and it ended up costing us the game."
The loss was Dallas' first at home this season, and deflated the momentum it had gathered following an impressive four-goal win over Los Angles two days before.
"We failed to protect the puck and we had a poor decision…a poor play all around that killed us," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
Hagman had a chance late in regulation to put Dallas ahead, but his point-blank shot from the slot was denied by Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
Kiprusoff made 24 saves to beat Dallas for the first time in seven decisions.
Turco finished with 23 saves for the Stars.
"We saw a desperate team searching for their first win," Modano said.
Dallas took a 1-0 lead on Modano's first of the season 4 1/2 minutes into the game after he capped a wacky, follow-the-bouncing-puck play. Standing behind the goal line to the left of Kiprusoff, Jussi Jokinen attempted to feed a pass to defenseman Mattias Norstrom, who was coming into the slot from the left point.
But the pass never got to Norstrom, instead ricocheting off Flames defenseman Adrian Aucoin's skate and then Jere Lehtinen before Modano swatted it into the Calgary net.
"I was in the right spot at the right time on our goal," Modano said.
The Flames tied it with just 21.6 seconds left in the first period when Iginla scored his first of the year. After a faceoff in the Calgary end, Iginla carried the puck down the right side of the ice and into the Stars zone.
Craig Conroy then helped create some traffic for Iginla when he made like an offensive lineman in football and began blocking Norstrom backwards. The former first-round pick of the Stars used the suspect screen and let go a wrister that beat Turco.
The goal redeemed Iginla, who shot high and wide on a breakaway attempt three minutes before.
With the score still tied, Joel Lundqvist nearly gave the Stars the lead with 17 minutes left in the second period, but he missed the net after making a nice move on Kiprusoff on a breakaway.
Dallas also came up short on a 90-second five-on-three advantage five minutes into the middle frame, managing only one shot on the Calgary net.
"Our power play was stagnant and didn't do what it needed," Tippett said. "Then we handed them a gift in overtime."
Four minutes later, and with the Stars enjoying another power play, Hagman cashed in and made it 2-1 when his wicked, high-rising slap shot from the top of the left circle beat Kiprusoff on the glove side.
It was Hagman's fifth goal of the season. He didn't score No. 5 until the 30th game last season.
Lombardi tied it with his first of the year at 10:46 of the third, wristing a shot from the lower left circle that squeezed through Turco, who got an initial piece of the puck before it went into the net.
"They came out hard from the start and gained some momentum, which shifted their way after their second goal," Hagman said. "They played desperate and we needed to be smarter."
Added Morrow: "I thought we matched their intensity and had several opportunities to win it on the power play, but we never got that goal."
Dallas now travels to Chicago to play the Blackhawks Saturday night. Faceoff is at 7:30, and the game can be seen on my27. Chicago came from two goals down to defeat Detroit 3-2 on Friday night.
The two teams split the four-game season-series last year, with the Stars dropping both games at the United Center.
"We need to bounce back tomorrow night with two points in Chicago," Boucher said.