Stars 4, Flames 2
DALLAS (AP) _ Bob Bassen was thrilled to score a goal against the Calgary Flames, his hometown team. Then again, Bassen will take a goal against anyone these days.
Bassen scored the go-ahead goal in the second period Friday night, leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 win over the Flames.
Sergei Zubov scored the first of Dallas’ three second-period goals as the Stars improved to 5-2-0 in its last seven games. Dallas is 4-0-1 in its last five meetings with Calgary.
Bassen’s goal at 9:34 of the second period came on a wrist shot that struck the post, glanced off the back of goalie Trevor Kidd and in, breaking a 1-1 tie.
``I hadn’t scored in a while,″ said the Calgary native, who scored only his second goal of the season and second with Dallas. ``I like scoring against them, but it’s a big deal for me to contribute against anybody. I guess it was a pretty lucky goal but I’ll take it.″
The Stars signed Bassen as a free agent prior to the 1995-96 season, but he missed the first 69 games following major knee surgery. Then Bassen sat out the first 37 games of this season with a neck injury.
Stars coach Ken Hitchcock moved the versatile Bassen from center to the right side for Friday’s game, and Bassen didn’t miss a beat, turning in his his usual strong checking game in addition to scoring the key goal.
``He’s a coach’s dream,″ Hitchcock said. ``He plays hard every night and has a sense of timing. Tonight he did it again.″
The Stars trailed 1-0 when Zubov’s ninth goal at 5:57 of the second period tied it. Zubov connected on a rebound 13 seconds after his penalty had expired, and he later added an assist.
The points have come slowly for Zubov, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in an off-season trade. But he has six points in the last six games as his teammates have adjusted to his playing style.
``The players are finally getting open for him,″ Hitchcock said. ``We were standing and watching him for a while. Now the players are making themselves available and it’s paying off.″
Stars goalie Andy Moog collected his 24th career assist on Zubov’s goal. Moog captured his 350th career victory, tops among active goaltenders, with a 25-save performance.
Mike Modano added his 25th goal of the season at 13:46 of the second period, lifting a power play rebound into the upper left corner.
Todd Harvey scored his fifth of the season at 14:29 to boost Dallas’ lead to 4-1, but former Star Dave Gagner answered with a power-play goal for Calgary with 2:55 left.
The Flames got the only goal of the first period on former Dallas first-round draft choice Jerome Iginla’s backhander from in front. It was the rookie’s 18th goal.
Calgary got off to a strong start, but couldn’t sustain it.
``I thought we played hard but they played harder,″ Iginla said. ``We came out with a great first period, but then they (the Stars) were hitting and buzzing. We came out a little flat in the second period.″
The Flames haven’t beaten the Stars since Dec. 13, 1995. Calgary entered the game 5-1-1 in its previous seven.