Justin Dowling Patiently Slides Puck Past Cam Talbot For His First NHL Goal


  • Justin Dowling’s first NHL goal was a long time coming, but it would’ve been great if he’d held out for another few minutes.
  • The 29-year-old Dallas Stars forward scored when he put the puck past Calgary Flames goalie Cam Talbot during the third period of a 3-1 win.
  • He had plenty of friends and family in the crowd, too, because he’s from Cochrane, Alberta, located just outside Calgary.
  • Unfortunately, one very important member of his entourage missed the milestone. Dowling told reporters after the game that his mom was at the concession stand when he netted the goal.

“I already knew where they were,” Dowling said. “I saw them in warmups. They always sit right in the corner, lower bowl, so I knew where they were sitting the whole time. I didn’t realize that my mom was in the beer line when I scored my goal so she didn’t even see it.”

  • This wasn’t the first time his parents saw him play in the Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • He’d played in two other games with the Stars, but he didn’t score.
  • And also once played in an intermission game when he was a kid.

“It took a long time, but it’s nice that it happened here,” Dowling said. “I think it was meant to be, actually.”

  • And even though his mom missed the goal, it only adds to a great story he’ll be able to tell for years to come.

“Thankfully it went in. I had no legs, though,” Dowling said. “It was coming at the end of the shift, so that’s why I was worried about getting caught from behind, but once I got to the blueline and I saw no one was coming, that’s kind of what I was going for.”

Pavelski scores twice for Stars in win against Flames
  • Joe Pavelski scored two goals and Ben Bishop made 24 saves for the Stars (9-8-2), who extended their point streak to six (5-0-1) and improved to 8-1-1 in their past 10 games.

“We’ve had a good little stretch, but we’re not out of the woods by any means,” Pavelski said. “We’re one game (above .500). Our team’s got higher standards than that. We’ve put in some good work to get into this position and give ourselves an opportunity to keep climbing a little bit. Good effort. Good hockey lately.”

  • Sean Monahan scored, and Cam Talbot made 29 saves for the Flames (10-8-3), who were coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 9.

“That’s another pretty big, heavy team over there that plays that heavy style and didn’t give us much,” said Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk, who had an assist.

Extended highlights of the Dallas Stars at the Calgary Flames


  • Stars forward Corey Perry played his 1,000th NHL game.
  • He has 780 points (374 goals, 406 assists) with Dallas and the Anaheim Ducks, who he played 988 games for after they selected him in the first round (No. 28) of the 2003 NHL Draft. …
  • Stars forward Andrew Cogliano left the game at 4:14 of the third period because of a lower-body injury. …
  • It was Talbot’s fifth start of the season; Flames goalie David Rittich leads the NHL with 16. …
  • Stars forward Jamie Benn, who hit the post at 1:13 of the second period, has not scored in 14 games dating to Oct. 10 and has one goal in 19 games this season.
Sources & Credits: Aaron Vickers / NHL.com, DAL Stars, CAL Flames

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