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Flames spoil Stars’ return

AP

Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri had a different ending in mind on another emotional night for the Dallas Stars.

Cammalleri scored two goals, Corban Knight netted the winner in a shootout, and the Flames erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Stars 4-3 on Friday night.

It was the first home game for Dallas since forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench Monday because of an irregular heartbeat.

“It’s kind of something that we’ve been doing pretty well as of late,” Cammalleri said. “Whatever the score is coming into the third period and putting out all that we have and trying to keep going and stick with what we’re trying to do. Sometimes you’re rewarded.”

The Stars blew a valuable point in their bid to hang on to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and they weren’t happy about it. But the loss was secondary to another step toward getting back to the business of hockey.

The first was a 3-2 overtime win at St. Louis, the top team in the NHL, a night after Peverley’s collapse. The second was seeing their teammate for the first time at practice Thursday.

And then came Friday, when he surprised them by showing up in the locker room before they returned to the bench four nights after he collapsed there early in a game against Columbus and had to be revived in a nearby tunnel. The game was postponed.

“It brings a smile to your face to see him here at the arena and around the guys,” forward Erik Cole said. “Hopefully, it was good for him to be around the guys. We enjoyed seeing him and just to hang out with him.”

Peverley, who was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in training camp, is out for the season. He will soon undergo a procedure designed to correct the condition.

The 31-year-old Peverley got a standing ovation when he was shown on the video board, briefly waving from a suite but mostly clapping with a stoic look both times he was shown. A fan held a sign that said “Heart of a champion” with Peverley’s No. 17 outlined in red by the shape of a heart.

One of the linesmen, Pierre Racicot, clapped at center ice while the crowd roared, and the Stars banged their sticks on the boards in front of the bench, a universal clapping sign in hockey.

“It was awesome that the crowd gave him a great ovation,” forward Jamie Benn said. “There were probably 20 smiling faces on the bench banging our sticks for him.”

With the Flames trailing 3-1 with 7 minutes left in regulation, Calgary’s Paul Byron lifted a shot past goalie Tim Thomas from in front late in a power play.

Cammalleri then got behind Thomas and stuffed in a loose puck for his second tying goal of the game with 4:30 remaining.

“On both goals, we got on the wrong side of the man,” Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said.

Rangers 4, Jets 2

In Winnipeg, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots to match the Rangers’ record for career wins, and Swedish countryman Carl Hagelin scored three goals to lift New York to a victory over the Jets.

Lundqvist tied the mark of 301 wins with the Rangers, set by Stanley Cup-winner Mike Richter. Lundqvist will have a chance to break the record Sunday at home against San Jose.

Sharks 4, Islanders 3

In Uniondale, New York, Matt Nieto and Jason Demers scored first-period goals as San Jose beat the Islanders for its fifth straight win.

Joe Thornton and Marty Havlat added goals in the second as the Sharks improved to 20-6-3 against the NHL’s Eastern Conference. Antti Niemi made 35 saves in the win.

Ducks 6, Avalanche 4

In Denver, Kyle Palmieri scored two goals in 47 seconds, and Anaheim netted six in the second period to beat Colorado.

Corey Perry, Daniel Winnik and Ben Lovejoy also scored for the Ducks, who stopped a four-game skid with their biggest offensive output since they scored nine goals against Vancouver on Jan. 1.

Capitals 4, Canucks 3

In Washington, Mike Green netted the go-ahead goal in the third period, Alex Ovechkin also scored, and Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists for his first NHL points as the Capitals edged Vancouver.

Washington led 3-1 early in the third before Shawn Matthias and Nicklas Jensen scored for Vancouver to tie it.

Panthers 5, Devils 3

In Sunrise, Florida, Scottie Upshall scored the go-ahead goal as the Panthers held on to beat New Jersey.

Vincent Trocheck, Brad Boyes, Quinton Howden and Brian Campbell also scored for Florida. Roberto Luongo stopped 28 shots. Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists, and Boyes also added an assist.

Red Wings 2, Oilers 1 (SO)

In Detroit, Tomas Tatar scored on the Red Wings’ third shootout attempt, and Jimmy Howard stopped all three Edmonton attempts.

The Oilers have the worst record in the Western Conference and aren’t far from being eliminated from the playoff race for the eighth straight season.

Predators 3, Blackhawks 2

In Chicago, Roman Josi had three assists and Ryan Ellis scored in the third period as Nashville beat the Blackhawks for its third consecutive win.

Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Predators, who have won two of three against Chicago this season.