Inside The Game: Flames vs. Blues

Monday, 25.03.2013 / 12:03 AM
Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)

FLAMES BOUNCE BLUES 3-2

CALGARY -- The streak lives on.

Shrugging off a nine-game losing streak away from Scotiabank Saddledome, Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves and Jarome Iginla broke a tie seven minutes into the third period to upend the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday night, extending their home winning-streak to seven.

Sprung by Alex Tanguay on a partial breakaway, Iginla barreled down on Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak but defenseman Wade Redden broke up the attempt. Parked beside the St. Louis goaltender with the puck within reach, Iginla jammed the puck through Halak to give the Flames a 3-2 lead at 12:58.

The goal was needed after Vladimir Sobotka poked a rebound between the legs of Kiprusoff to tie the game just 4:48 into the third.

Roman Cervenka provided the rest of the offense for the Flames, recording the first multi-goal game of his National Hockey League career.

He opened the scoring midway through the first period on the power play, taking Dennis Wideman's outlet pass and breaking in on a 2-on-1. Cervenka kept and rifled a shot over the glove of Halak to give Calgary a 1-0 lead.

The 27-year-old extended the lead to two 9:40 into the second period after Jiri Hudler stripped T.J. Oshie in the Blues zone. Hudler found Cervenka behind the play, who decked Halak before lifting the puck into the net for the 2-0 lead.

St. Louis managed draw within one before the period let out. Atoning for his earlier error, Oshie forced a turnover at the Flames blueline and snuck a puck through Kiprusoff with 3:20 left in the middle frame. It was the only of 19 shots to get by the Calgary keeper in the period.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Wideman's outlet pass sprung Cervenka, who made no mistake on a 2-on-1, firing it by the glove of Halak to give the Flames a 1-0 lead on just their second shot of the game.

SAVE OF THE GAME

David Perron found Vladimir Tarasenko on the doorstep, but Kiprusoff didn't bite on his fake, turning aside the 21-year-old Russian nine minutes into the second period.

HIT OF THE GAME

Coming out of the penalty box after serving two minutes for slashing, Glencross took his frustration out on T.J. Oshie, crunching him to the left of Kiprusoff nine minutes into the period.

TURNING POINT

Persevering after Redden took away his partial breakaway, Iginla stayed with the puck and jammed it through Halak seven minutes into the third period to give Calgary a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

"It's obviously nice to play again and be part of a win. I felt really good. It's nice to score, especially at home. I'm happy."

-Roman Cervenka through translator Jiri Hudler

STAT OF THE GAME

The Flames blocked 20 shots of the stick of St. Louis players, including four each for Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano and Cory Sarich.

LINEUP NOTES

Forward Brian McGrattan and defensemen Anton Babchuk and Derek Smith were scratched Sunday against the Blues. Paul Byron remains on the injured reserve list with a broken wrist.

COMING UP

Calgary takes to the Windy City to challenge the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (6:30 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before returning to Scotiabank Saddledome to host the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday (8 p.m. MT, TSN).

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