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Another Road Game, Another Overtime Win

Posted 05 Nov 2009 — by admin
Category Iginla, Overtime, Phaneuf, Road, St. Louis Blues, Win

Despite the media focus regarding the team’s H1N1 vaccination, the Flames appear to be enjoying the start of November. Dion Phaneuf scored halfway through overtime to give the Calgary Flames their second overtime road win in two nights.

The Flames lead for most of the game after Jarome Iginla scored early in the first period. Iginla broke in on a breakaway and shot the puck between St. Louis Blues goalie Chris Mason’s pads. The puck initially didn’t cross the goal line, but Blues defenceman Eric Brewer came back and knocked the puck into his own net while trying to clear it out of the goal mouth.

Both teams had chances throughout the game but the score remained 1-0 until 20 year old Blues rookie Lars Eller deflected a point shot past Miikka Kiprusoff in the 3rd period. It was his first NHL goal in his first NHL game and he scored it with his elbow.

Calgary tightened up their defence a bit tonight but still allowed too many shots on goal. The Flames outshot the Blues 32-31, but gave up 16 shots in the 2nd period. Many of those shots came while successfully killing off 1:37 of 5-on-3 powerplay in the 2nd period.

The Flames return home tonight and will host the New York Rangers at the Saddledome on Saturday at 8pm.

Cammalleri Leads Flames Past Blues

Posted 14 Jan 2009 — by admin
Category St. Louis Blues, Win, home

Mike Cammalleri scored twice as the Calgary Flames defeated the St Louis Blues in a physical game that featured 3 fights and over 50 minutes of penalties.
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Curtis Glencross opened the scoring in this game, but not in a manner that he was proud of. He knocked the puck under Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and into his own net to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. Not to get too deep into the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” but if it were not for this own-goal, Kipprusoff would have probably registered his 4th shutout of the season. His play was fantastic as he stopped all 28 shots he faced – some of which were great scoring opportunities.

The Flames got on the scoreboard with Cammalleri’s first goal, which came 1 minute after the Blues goal, 23 seconds into the Flames second powerplay of the game. It was a feel-good goal for Flames fans because of who was sitting in the Blues penalty box: Cam Janssen.

Janssen, a St Louis-born player, spent most of the first period delivering elbows and late hits to the Flames players. He had a questionable hit on Andre Roy, where he left his feet many seconds after Roy had given up the puck. Of course, Roy responded to the hit with a good fight with the Blues enforcer. Janssen is not the kind of cheap-shooter that can’t defend himself, so Fans didn’t get the redemption they wanted until Janssen’s interference penalty late in the first period – which lead to Cammalleri’s goal.

Janssen’s play didn’t change much throughout the game, but his agitator antics were taken over by Brandon Crombreen who amassed a total of 19 minutes of penalties in the 2nd period. He received 2 for elbowing, followed by 5 for fighting with Adam Pardy, then another 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and eventually a 10 minute misconduct that sent him to the dressing room at the end of the period.

The Flames did not dominate this game by any means, and actually had a lot of trouble from the last-place Blues. Their physical game stopped the Flames from getting into any sort of rhythm and kept them from establishing an offensive presence in the Blues end for much of the game.

The game didn’t open up until David Moss scored the game winner late in the 3rd period. While on the powerplay, Moss, shot the puck out in front of the net from the side of the goal and it went in off Blues defender Jay McKee.

Cammalleri scored the insurance goal for the flames less than 60 seconds later on a nice shot that beat Blues goalie Chris Mason on the short side. To get open for the shot, Cammalleri had to fight past Blues D-man Barret Jackman, who is not known to give up ground easily. He did a nice little deke move and found himself open at the bottom of the face-off circle with a chance to score. He did not disappoint and scored his 17th goal of the season, giving the Flames a 3-1 victory and their 7th straight win at home.

Flames vs. Blues Highlights

Posted 05 Dec 2008 — by admin
Category Highlights, Road, St. Louis Blues, Win

Flames Need Shooutout To Beat The Blues

Posted 12 Mar 2007 — by admin
Category St. Louis Blues, Win, home, shootout

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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

Flames Honour Hotchkiss with Shutout over Blues

Posted 15 Nov 2006 — by admin
Category Shutout, St. Louis Blues, Win, home

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Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has helped the Calgary Flames turn their season around.

Kiprusoff made 24 saves Tuesday night for his second shutout in three games and third of the season as the Flames reeled off their fifth straight victory, 3-0 over the St. Louis Blues.

Kiprusoff has been in net for all five wins and has played superb, looking like the goalie that won the Vezina Trophy last season as the NHL’s top goaltender. He has a 1.00 goals-against average and .965 save percentage over the streak.

“I’m happy how I’ve been playing and the team’s been playing better too,” said Kiprusoff. “We didn’t start as well as would have liked, but we’ve been playing better and better night after night and that’s a good sign.”

It was the 20th shutout of Kiprusoff’s career.

“Tonight, they had not too many chances, it was a pretty easy game for me,” Kiprusoff said. “Pretty much all the shots were from the outside and I saw those pucks. It was a nice game to play.”

Daymond Langkow, Kristian Huselius, and Andrew Ference scored for the Flames (8-7-2), who were one point out of the Western Division cellar just 12 days ago. Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla each had two assists.

Calgary’s longest winning streak since winning eight in a row last November has the club in the top eight in the Conference after passing Vancouver, who lost Tuesday night.

St. Louis (5-9-3) lost for the fourth time in its last five. The Blues began a five game road trip, their longest of the season.

“It was a bad loss for us,” said Blues veteran Bill Guerin. “The veteran players need to step up and perform better and we didn’t do that tonight.”

Especially impressive of late has been Calgary’s play even strength. In the past six games that began with a shootout loss to Columbus, the Flames have outscored the opposition 15-1 while playing five-on-five. They have gone over 285 minutes since last surrendering an even strength goal.

“It’s a reflection of our team,” said Calgary coach Jim Playfair. “If you look at our five-on-five play, Miikka gives the team the confidence because our starting point is always with our goaltender out and the team builds off of that.”

Kiprusoff got all the offense he would need 3 minutes into the game when the Flames executed a pretty three-way passing play. Iginla zipped a cross-ice pass to Tanguay, who slid the puck back across the front of the net to Langkow for an easy tap-in.

The lead stayed at 1-0 until the second minute of the third period when Huselius struck short-handed. Doug Weight lost the puck at the St. Louis blue-line, and Huselius gathered it in and streaked in alone, ripping a shot over the glove of Manny Legace.

“We definitely hung around and gave ourselves a chance, but you can only hang on for so long before something breaks and it did,” said Guerin.

Ference rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal at 16:34 of the third.

“It seemed like every shot they had was a scoring chance and you can’t be giving that up especially in the third period in a one goal hockey game,” said Legace, who stopped 17 of 19 shots in relief of Curtis Sanford, who left the game at 13:34 of the first period with a strained groin. “First you give the guy a breakaway and he puts it off the bar, a great shot, and then there’s a breakdown on their power-play. The third period was tough.”

Notes: A pre-game ceremony honoured Calgary radio play-by-play voice Peter Maher and owner Harley Hotchkiss for their induction Monday into the Hockey Hall of Fame. … Maher’s daughter Tricia sang both of the national anthems.


Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Langkow (5) A: Tanguay, Iginla

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
CGY: Huselius (5)
CGY: Ference (2) A: Tanguay, Iginla