Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 28 shots and twenty-year-old Roman Horak scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues. The victory marks the first consecutive wins for the Flames this season and also ends the Blues’ win streak at 3 games.
The match was scoreless for most of the first two periods until Tom Kostopolous scored at 14:45 of the 2nd period to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. Kostopolous took advantage of a Blues mistake in their defensive zone and took a pass from Tim Jackman and rifled a shot over Brian Elliott’s shoulder for his first of the season.
That one-goal lead stood for much of the next 20 minutes until Horak scored the eventual game-winner with a wrist shot at 12:16 in the 3rd period. Horak’s goal was very similar to Kostopolous’ earlier goal as he capitalized on an wide open opportunity in the slot. The difference was that Horak snuck the puck between Elliott’s pads instead of over his shoulder.
That goal seemed to spark the Blues, who scored one of their own only 12 seconds later. Alex Steen notched his 6th goal of the season on a slap shot from the side boards that caught Kipper off guard. The Blues effort would prove to be too little though, as Miikka shut the door for the rest of the game and allowed the Flames to take the win.
Curtis Glencross did one of his usual solid efforts on the boards late in the game and dished the puck Olli Jokinen, who added an empty netter for good measure. Overall it was a good effort from the boys in red and they should be happy with the 2 points. Kipper definitely kept them in the game with several big stops, but they persevered and found the back of the Blues’ net enough to get the win.
Here are the game highlights: