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Flames lose third in a row as visiting Blues break late deadlock

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Flames vs. Blues April 2, 2022

Nathan Walker’s go-ahead goal late in the third period helped lift the visiting St. Louis Blues to a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

The left-winger scored his sixth of the season with 1:56 remaining, breaking a 3-3 deadlock.

With the Flames net empty, Blues forward Ivan Barbashev scored an empty-net goal a minute later before Dillon Dube replied for Calgary seconds after that.

Brandon Saad added one more empty-net tally for St. Louis with five seconds remaining.

The loss extended the Flames’ winless skid to three games (0-2-1) while the Blues bounced back from Friday night’s overtime loss to the Oilers in Edmonton for their third win in the last four games.

Kings creeping up Pacific standings

With the defeat, Calgary lost ground in the Pacific Division standings to the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2 winners tonight over the Jets in WInnipeg. The first-place Flames (40-19-9 86) now sit three points ahead of the second-place Kings (38-23-10 83), although they do have three games in hand.

Johnny Gaudreau, with his 32nd goal of the season, Brett Ritchie and Noah Hanifin also scored for the Flames, with Hanifin also picking up an assist. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 19 of 23 shots for Calgary.

Ritchie left the game midway through the third period after Blues defenceman Robert Bortuzzo fell on his right leg.

Robert Thomas Ryan O’Reilly and Justin Faulk also scored for the Blues, while goalie Ville Husso made 39 saves.

The Flames start a four-game U.S. west-coast road trip Monday in Los Angeles (8:30 p.m.)

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