Game Story: Calgary Flames 3, St. Louis Blues 2
Herald’s three stars are Miikka Kiprusoff, Roman Cervenka and David Backes
1. Calgary G Miikka Kiprusoff: Without the fabulous Finn, this one is a blowout. Shows all playoff teams his value with a spectacular performance behind porous defensive coverage. Turns away 36 shots.
2. Calgary RW Roman Cervenka: Works his way at least partially out of coach Bob Hartley’s doghouse with the first two-goal game of his NHL career.
3. St. Louis C David Backes: Leads by example with five shots through 40 minutes, physical play along the wall and dominance in the faceoff circle.
WHY THE FLAMES WON
Because their goaltender, Miikka Kiprusoff, completely outclassed St. Louis netminder Jaroslav Halak. Without Kiprusoff, this game could have easily gone down in the books as 8-3 for the Blues.
Because they capitalized on their chances. On this night, the Flames proved opportunistic against a Blues team that looks poised to make a serious charge in the playoffs.
Because, as weird as it sounds, this team is dominant at home with seven straight victories at the ‘Dome.
THE BIG FIGHT
Calgary LW Curtis Glencross and St. Louis RW Chris Stewart bark at each other all evening, and two almost come to fisticuffs in the second period. Almost being the operative word.
THE BIG HIT
In the second period, St. Louis D Roman Polak flattens Calgary C Matt Stajan in the blue paint, earning the wrath of the normally mild-mannered Stajan and a two-minute roughing minor in the process..
THE BIG SAVE
Pick one from an outstanding body of work in Miikka Kiprusoff’s best game of the season. In the third period, Kiprusoff is down and out in his crease, but the Calgary netminder flashes the glove to rob St. Louis RW Chris Stewart on a perfect feed from St. Louis C Alex Steen
Calgary scratches — D Anton Babchuk, RW Brian McGrattan, D Derek Smith, C Paul Byron (hand),
St. Louis scratches — RW Jamie Langenbrunner (hip), D Ian Cole, RW Ryan Reaves, G Brian Elliott
Flames 3 Blues 2
1. Calgary, R Cervenka 4 (pp) (D Wideman, T Brodie) 11:13.
Penalties — C Glencross Cgy (Slashing) 6:44; R Polak StL (Roughing) 9:53; R Cervenka Cgy (Stick Holding) 14:27; D Backes StL (Interference) 14:36.
2. Calgary, R Cervenka 5 (J Hudler, M Backlund) 9:40.
3. St. Louis, T Oshie 7 (unassisted) 16:40.
Penalties — J Hudler Cgy (Interference) 12:17; C Glencross Cgy (Cross-checking) 14:33; T Oshie StL (Unsportsmanlike conduct) 14:33.
4. St. Louis, V Sobotka 8 (A McDonald, T Oshie) 4:48.
5. Calgary, J Iginla 9 (A Tanguay) 12:58.
Penalties — T Brodie Cgy (Holding) 10:26; R Polak StL (Delay of Game) 15:52.
Shots on goal by
St. Louis 7 19 12—38
Calgary 5 4 8—17
Power plays (goals-chances) — St. Louis: 0-4, Calgary: 1-3.
Goal (shots-saves) — St. Louis: J Halak (17-14, L, 6-4-1). Calgary: M Kiprusoff (38-36, W, 6-7-2).
Referees — Steve Kozari, Frederick L’Ecuyer. Linesmen — Andy McElman, Mark Wheler.
Att. at Calgary, AB — 19,289.
In a game that could turn ugly, the Flames jet to the Windy City for a Tuesday date with Patrick Kane and the mighty Chicago Blackhawks at 6:30 p.m. (Sportsnet The FAN 960, Sportsnet-West.)
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