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Blues Get Their Revenge in Win over Flames

Calgary couldn’t match their performance from Wednesday night



Calgary Flames 1 – St. Louis Blues 5

Complete Stats


First Period

STL [1] – Saad (14) (Schenn, Krug) 6:15

CGY [1] – Backlund (6) (Mangiapane) 10:34

STL [2] – Schenn (10) (Mikkola) 13:59

Second Period

STL [3] – Saad (15) (2) (Unassisted) 9:57

Third Period

STL [4] – Kyrou (17) (Thomas, Scandella) 4:10

STL [5] – O’Reilly (10) (Tarasenko, Saad) 18:59 PP

The Flames entered Thursday night’s contest in St. Louis looking to win their third straight game and continue a torrid pace of both scoring and shooting. Calgary was coming off of an impressive 6-0 win the night before in Columbus which included racking up a franchise record 62 shots on net. The Blues on the other hand had revenge on their minds as they were looking to make up for a 7-1 thrashing they took in Calgary on Monday night against the very same Flames.

The Blues went with Ville Husso in net who was been absolutely spectacular so far this season while the Flames somewhat surprisingly countered with Jacob Markstrom. Markstrom was playing for the third time in four nights but the Flames chose to ride him rather than go to Dan Vladar. It was a curious decision.

St. Louis opened the scoring early in the first period with Brandon Saad tallying his 14th of the campaign. The goal was one you would have ideally liked Markstorm to have, but it was a well placed shot as well so not totally on him.

Calgary tied things up a few minutes later with Mikael Backlund rifling a one-timer through Husso somehow to get things evened up. It was the second goal in as many games/nights for Backlund as he looks to get things clicking offensively after a long stretch of being snakebitten.

The Blues regained the lead late in the period with a goal from Brayden Schenn after a blue-line turnover by the Flames gave him a 2-on-1 and he swifly buried a shot up high on Markstrom who was cheating slightly towards the potential pass.

Early in the second period the lead was extended to 3-1 with Saad being the beneficiary of a rough turnover by Adam Ruzicka who decidedly did not have a good game. Ruzicka knocked the puck in front of his own net off a board battle and Saad easily buried it as he had the space to do so. St. Louis extended their lead in the third period to 4-1 with Jordan Kyrou being left alone in front and pretty much salted things away from there. Ryan O’ Reilly also snagged a late powerplay goal to complete the scoring.

With the loss Calgary sees their short two game win streak snapped but overall it wasn’t a terrible performance as they had a good number of chances. They move to 20-13-6 on the year but will remain 8th in the West.

Final Thoughts

Flame of the Game

Mikael Backlund (F): With questions swirling about if the Flames need to add to their centre depth, Backlund has chosen the right time to re-emerge offensively with a pair of goals in his last two games. Backlund also had a game high seven shots on goal along with a couple of shorthanded opportunities that he couldn’t finish. He has been a notorious slow starter in recent years but often turned things on around Games 40-60 so we should watch for that again. The Flames could sure use some extra scoring punch from #11.

by Michael MacGillivray