The Calgary Flames held off a late push from the St. Louis Blues to win their 4th straight game and enter the NHL All Star Break on a high note. David Moss scored two goals, including the game winner, to lead the Flames to a 4-1 win in Miikka Kiprusoff’s 500th NHL game.
Adam “The Pride of Bonavista” Pardy scored his first goal in about 60 games on a breakaway with less than 2 minutes left in the second period to put the Flames up 3-0. It was one of those moments that you don’t expect to see very often. The call was “Jokinen to Pardy. He’s got a breakaway… and a beautiful goal,” and it really was a nice goal. Pardy was patient on the breakaway, out-waited Blues goalie Ty Conklin and found an hole just below his blocker.
Moss “technically” opened the scoring when his powerplay shot bounced off Conklin onto the stick of Blues defenceman Erik Johnson who proceeded to fire it into his own net. Moss owes Olli Jokinen a double thank you for that one. Jokinen set up Moss for the shot and then drove to the net putting enough pressure on Johnson to cause his error. Moss kept the offense going by deflected Anton Babchuck’s shot from point for his 2nd goal (and second powerplay goal) of the game.
St. Louis made it close by scoring a goal 7:49 into the 3rd period, but it was all the offense they could muster and it wasn’t enough. St. Louis, who has done the opposite of the Flames by losing their past 3 games, now sits in 15th place in the west.
The win tonight was another important one for the Flames who struggled early this season, but have been hot as of late. With the win, Calgary leapfrogged temporarily over the LA Kings into 11th spot in the West. They finished the night back in 12th place in the west, but they head into the All Star break only 2 points out of a playoff spot. This is a big departure from about 3 weeks ago when it looked like the Flames were completely done for the season and a complete rebuild was necessary.
Miikka Kiprusoff celebrated his 500th NHL game with a win, but he didn’t look too excited in the after-game interview. Then again, have you ever really seen Kipper excited? He should be, though. In his NHL career, Kipper has stopped a total of 13,635 saves, has a .912 career save percentage and a 2.47 GAA. He won the Vezina trophy and added an Olympic Bronze medal in Vancouver. The only thing missing from his trophy room is a Stanley Cup and possibly a Conn Smythe Trophy. Maybe he can get there yet…
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