The Game Rush: Flames vs. Blues
Notes, quotes, stats and more from the Flames-Blues contest
CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames gave it all they had on Wednesday night but fell 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues in a shootout.
The Flames are now 2-3 in the shootout this season. Nigel Dawes missed the net and Olli Jokinen hit his second post of the night in the shootout. Brad Boyes and T.J Oshie scored for the Blues.
Calgary played a very physical game, sending 26 hits at the road-weary Blues. That aspect of the ir game was missing on Saturday and they realized they needed to remedy that. The Flames were able to wear the Blues down physically and that helped them tie the game up in the third period. They hemmed the Blues in their own end and their intensity level coupled with their hard-hitting play was what earned them a point in the tilt.
"In the third we battled back," said defenceman Jay Bouwmeester. "We would have liked another point, obviously, but that's the way things go."
Patrik Berglund opened the scoring at 6:55 of the second period when he took advantage of a defensive breakdown. With Flames players scrambling, Berglund skated in and neatly threw a David Perron rebound over a sprawled Kiprusoff.
Mark Giordano scored the equalizer at 12:18 of the third stanza with a quick shot from the blueine. Daymond Langkow won the draw in the offensive zone, sent it back the blueliner and he was able to get the shot off before the Blues were able to get in the shooting lanes.
"There were a few shifts where we kept them in their zone. We just didn't always find the lanes to get the puck through," said Giordano.
Head coach Brent Sutter said the game was one of few opportunities. "It was one of those games. It was tight-checking," he said.
While he was pleased with some aspects of the Flames game Sutter added: "We never created a lot off of our cycle. We've got to find ways to win games at home."
After a few days off to enjoy the holidays, the Flames get back to work against their divisional rival, the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. The puck drops at 6:00 p.m. MST on Rogers Sportsnet West & The FAN 960.
|WHY CALGARY LOST|
|The Flames weren't able to notch a single goal in the shootout, costing them the extra point. Dawes missed the net and Jokinen rang one off the post. Other than that, the Flames just weren't able to muster enough offense during regulation. Despite dominating play at times the Flames were stymied by the Blues who were excellent at blocking shots and held the Flames to just 21 shots on net through 60 minutes.|
|Adam Pardy, who missed practice on Monday and Tuesday, was scratched with an undisclosed injury. Brandon Prust was a healthy scratch on the night ... This was the first meeting between the Flames & Blues at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The two split their two games at the Scottrade Center ... Calgary took three of four games against St. Louis last season, outscoring them 15-10.|
|THE NUMBERS GAME
|Aaron Johnson played in his 200th career game ... Jokinen needs 1 assist for 300. He needs 6 goals for 250 ... Giordano's goal was his 3rd of the season ... Jay Bouwmeester registered 29:49 of ice time ... the Flames sent 26 hits at the Blues while the boys from St. Louis had just 11 ... the Blues had 22 blocked shots on the night. The Flames had 11 ... Jarome Iginla went 100 per cent in the faceoff circle ... Phaneuf and Giordano lead all players in hits with 4 each ... Jokinen hit 2 goal posts in the game.|
|THE BIG SAVE
|Kiprusoff stoned veteran Paul Kariya in the second period when the winger made a quick shot from close range. Kiprusoff had already made the initial save when Kariya flew past the defense and picked up the rebound. He tried to wrist it over Kiprusoff's pads but the Finnish netminder was having none of it. He gloved down the shot with ease as the C of Red roared in approval.|
|HARDEST WORKING FLAMES
One of his best games, despite not getting on the score sheet
Scored the Flames lone goal
Very defensively sound and made some key pinches