NHL Game Summary - Calgary at St. Louis |
(Saturday, November 4th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla scored the game-winning goal
late in the third period to lift the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the
St. Louis Blues.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves for the Flames, who snapped a four-game losing
streak. Matthew Lombardi and Byron Ritchie also tallied goals for Calgary.
Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk scored for the Blues, who have lost four of
their last five games. Manny Legace allowed three goals on 23 shots in the
"We probably played 50 minutes tonight, and the 10 that we didn't play killed
us in the end," said Guerin. "It's a very disappointing loss."
With the score tied and 4:27 left in the contest, the Flames used a power-play
goal to take a 3-2 lead. From the left point, Robyn Regehr moved the puck to
Iginla at the left-half wall. Iginla then glided to the slot and ripped a
wrist shot past a screened Legace to put Calgary in front.
"At that point you're looking to try and get it through traffic, try to get a
bounce, try to get not too cute at that point," said Iginla about his goal.
Shortly after Iginla scored, the Flames went right back to the power play and
did not score, but took valuable time off the clock.
The Blues pulled Legace with a little over a minute left in the contest but
could not net the equalizer as Calgary clamped down defensively. Kiprusoff
finished with 17 saves in the final frame.
"When you look around our room, our players paid a price to win," said Calgary
head coach Jim Playfair. "Our players found something deep down and they
battled to give ourselves a chance to win and I think the players did a good
The Flames drew first blood, scoring six minutes into the contest. Alex
Tanguay dished the puck to Lombardi in the slot and he sent a backhander past
Legace to make it 1-0.
Calgary made it 2-0 at 11:19 of the first on a goal by Ritchie, his first of
the season. Andrew Ference fired a slap shot from the point and from outside
the crease, Ritchie tipped the puck into the net.
The Blues netted the next two goals to even the score.
St. Louis got on the board with 5:02 remaining in the opening period on
Guerin's seventh of the season. Petr Cajanek made a pass to Guerin in the
right circle and he unleashed a wrister that sailed past Kiprusoff to make it
Just 1:54 into the second stanza, Tkachuk scored a power-play goal to tie
the game at 2-2. The left winger pounced on a loose puck in the slot and
quickly snapped a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net.
Iginla has eight goals on the season...St. Louis outshot Calgary
30-23...Before the game, the Flames assigned Dustin Boyd to Omaha of the
American Hockey League...Both teams went 1-for-5 on the power play.
11/04 23:47:27 ET