The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Blues
Five key elements from the Flames battle with the Blues
After missing Wednesday's tilt with the Colorado Avalanche with lower body soreness, Curtis Glencross has his return to the lineup on Friday night and was placed on a line with Olli Jokinen and David Moss - a trio that was extremely successful during the Flames second half of the 2010-11 season.
Given the amount of line shuffling the coaching staff was forced to do with 11 forwards playing, they all took turns helping out other lines but were the one line that seemed to stay together for the majority of their ice time - a testament to how well they play together given just how shaken the lines got throughout the game.
All in all, the three combined for four points, five shots on net and a plus-one rating.
After the Flames optional pre-game skate on Friday morning, head coach Brent Sutter hinted that he may go with 11 forwards and 7 defencemen for the second straight game and that indeed was the case.
With Glencross in the lineup, Niklas Hagman was a healthy scratch along with Matt Stajan and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond. The latter two also sat out on Wednesday evening. Anton Babchuk slide in as the seventh defenceman.
While coaching such an odd number on the bench presents some challenges, Sutter has not found it overly taxing.
"It's different, no question, to coach that. I've done it before though so it's not like it's something new."
Veteran pivot Brendan Morrison played in his 900th career game on Friday night, 70 of which he has suited up with Flames. Amongst his teammates, only Jarome Iginla (1,115) and Olli Jokinen (969) have played more.
Morrison signed a one-year deal with the club during the off-season.
Miikka Kiprusoff has dominated the Blues throughout his career, posting a 18-2-2 record with a 1.75 GAA prior to this game, and continued that trend on Friday, robbing St. Louis of a victory with his heroics.
His highlight of the night? Stifling Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott on three excellent scoring chances in about a five second span. Langenbrunner went barrelling around the neck and tried to beat the netminder with a wraparound but Kiprusoff got a pad on it. Arnott came in from the slot to pick up the rebound but somehow, the Finn had an answer for that as well. He stuck his leg out just far enough to make the save before he had to scoot over on the ice to stop Arnott again. The veteran scooped up his own rebound but Kiprusoff literally got his skate blade on it to make the save.
He made 28 saves in the win and is now 5-0-0 in his last five starts against the Blues.
Rookie Roman Horak is now officially on a point streak. The 20 year-old assisted on Tom Kostopoulos' second period marker, making a smart move behind the net to get the puck back to Tim Jackman who then put it out front for the winger.
In the third period, he scored the game-winner when he was able to get a shot off in the slot that whizzed by Brian Elliott.
The Czech now has four points in his last two games, scoring his first NHL goal and assisting on Lee Stempniak's first as a Flame against the Avs.