Flames Need Shooutout To Beat The Blues


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Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla scored in the shootout Monday night, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

After the team’s exchanged misses, Tanguay’s shot over Jason Bacashihua’s glove gave Calgary the edge. Miikka Kiprusoff denied Doug Weight on a deke, giving Iginla the opportunity to clinch it. He whipped a shot into the corner over Bacashihua’s blocker.

Kristian Huselius had a goal and three assists for Calgary. David Moss, Daymond Langkow, and Dion Phaneuf also scored for the eighth-place Flames, who pulled within one point of Minnesota, Dallas, and San Jose in the Western Conference playoff race.

Lee Stempniak scored twice, and Christian Backman and Peter Cajanek added goals for St. Louis.

The Blues outshot the Flames 6-0 in overtime but couldn’t beat Kiprusoff, who was at his best when killing a power play.

The Flames took a 4-2 lead in the third period on Phaneuf’s power-play goal at 3:16 and Langkow’s goal at 6:44. But the Blues responded, making it 4-3 just 22 seconds later when Cajanek scored his 11th goal. Brad Boyes earned his third assist of the night, giving the center eight points during a five-game scoring streak.

St. Louis pulled even at 10:06 on a great play by rookie David Backes. After crossing the Flames blue line and drawing two defenders toward him, Backes neatly dished the puck off to Stempniak darting toward the Calgary net. The Blues’ leading goal scorer jammed in his second of the night and 23rd of the season.

Moss lifted Calgary into a 1-1 tie at 2:28 of the second period.

Bacashihua made his first start since Dec. 13 for St. Louis and made some sensational saves in finishing the night with 30 saves.

Kiprusoff finished with 29 stops.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
STL: Backman (6) A: Weight, Boyes

2nd Period
CGY: Moss (9) A: Lombardi, Huselius
CGY: Huselius (30) A: Iginla, Hamrlik
STL: Stempniak (22) A: Boyes, Cajanek

3rd Period
CGY: Pheneuf (17) A: Huselius, Hamrlik
CGY: Langkow (28) A: Huselius, Moss
STL: Cajanek (11) A: Boyes, Weight
STL: Stempniak (23) A: Backes

CGY: Tanguay

About Greg Hounslow (558 Posts)

Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.

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