Flames rally, beat Blues in shootout

Aaron Vickers  - Correspondent | Monday, 12.23.2013 / 11:19 PM

CALGARY -- There's no quit in the Calgary Flames.

Mark Giordano scored with 4.2 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and Joe Colborne scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Flames to a 4-3 win against the St. Louis Blues at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.

It was the Flames' League-leading 25th one-goal game. The victory snapped a four-game winless streak for Calgary.

Colborne opened the shootout by faking a deke before throwing the puck between the legs of goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Reto Berra, who made 32 saves through regulation and overtime, stopped all three Blues shooters.

The Blues led 3-1 with less than nine minutes left in regulation, but the Flames refused to roll over against one of the NHL's top teams.

After Mike Cammalleri scored with 8:55 remaining to make it 3-2, Giordano forced OT when he blew a power-play one-timer past Halak with Berra on the bench in favor of an extra attacker, giving Calgary a 6-on-4 skating advantage. The Flames' captain took a cross-ice pass from Jiri Hudler and blasted it past Halak.

The goal came after Hudler set up Sean Monahan at the side of the net with Halak down, but the puck rolled off the rookie's stick when he went to put it into the virtually empty net.

Though a problem with the ice delayed the start of the game, it didn't slow the Blues' power-play unit.

Eight seconds into Giordano's interference penalty, Brenden Morrow took a pass from Chris Stewart and fed a cross-crease backhand to Kevin Shattenkirk for a tap-in 7:23 into the game.

During the stoppage of play before Shattenkirk's fifth of the season, Calgary acknowledged defenseman Jay Bouwmeester's 279 games as a member of the Flames.

Hudler pulled the Flames during a power play midway through the second period. With Vladimir Tarasenko off for holding, Hudler took a cross-ice pass from Mikael Backlund and roofed it over Halak from below the faceoff dot to tie the game 1-1 at 12:06.

The goal came after Backlund's shorthanded breakaway attempt six minutes into the period was swatted away by Halak.

But goals by Jaden Schwartz and Magnus Paajarvi in a 44-second span put the Blues back on top.

Bouwmeester found Schwartz in the slot, and he skipped a shot past Berra's pad at 13:49 to restore the Blues' lead. Paajarvi made it 3-1 when he rushed Berra's clearing attempt, which was cut off by Adam Cracknell along the boards. Cracknell fed Maxim Lapierre for a quick shot that Berra stopped, but Paajarvi scooped up the rebound and buried his third of the season to give St. Louis a two-goal margin.

Cammalleri made it a one-goal game when he took a no-look, behind-the-back pass from Paul Byron behind the net and ripped it past Halak's blocker.

On his next shift, Cammalleri then set-up Mikael Backlund for a one-timer from 10 feet but was denied by Halak's quick pad.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:23STL PPG - Kevin Shattenkirk (5) ASST: Brenden Morrow (8), Chris Stewart (9) 1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
12:06CGY PPG - Jiri Hudler (11) ASST: Mikael Backlund (9), Mark Giordano (12) 1 - 1 Tie
13:49STL Jaden Schwartz (11) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (22), Vladimir Tarasenko (6) 2 - 1 STL
14:33STL Magnus Paajarvi (3) ASST: Maxim Lapierre (3), Adam Cracknell (2) 3 - 1 STL
3rd Period
11:05CGY Michael Cammalleri (12) ASST: Paul Byron (5), Mikael Backlund (10) 3 - 2 STL
19:55CGY PPG - Mark Giordano (5) ASST: Jiri Hudler (22), Michael Cammalleri (8) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1CGYJoe Colborne - Goal
2STLT.J. Oshie - Save
3CGYJiri Hudler - Missed
4STLDerek Roy - Save
5CGYSean Monahan - Save
6STLMagnus Paajarvi - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDCalgary FlamesSt. Louis Blues
1Joe ColborneT.J. Oshie
2Jiri HudlerDerek Roy
3Sean MonahanMagnus Paajarvi
Three Stars of the Game
Michael Cammalleri
Michael Cammalleri
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:37
Jay Bouwmeester
Jay Bouwmeester
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 27:56
Mikael Backlund
Mikael Backlund
G: 0Shots: 6
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:53
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:50STL Alex Pietrangelo  Tripping against  Lee Stempniak
07:15CGY Mark Giordano  Interference against  T.J. Oshie
12:11STL Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking against  Michael Cammalleri
2nd Period
04:46CGY Paul Byron  Interference against  David Backes
09:50CGY Mark Giordano  Holding the stick against  Vladimir Tarasenko
11:50STL Carlo Colaiacovo  Holding against  TJ Galiardi
18:38CGY Chris Butler  Roughing against  T.J. Oshie
3rd Period
18:23STL Patrik Berglund  Roughing against  Jiri Hudler
OT Period
04:00STL David Backes  Kneeing against  Matt Stajan
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/42/5
Faceoff Wins3335
Blocked Shots2013
Penalty Minutes108
5B. JackmanD0010019:40
9J. SchwartzL1013020:47
10B. MorrowL0100012:12
12D. RoyC0001016:18
13C. ColaiacovoD0000215:26
19J. BouwmeesterD0101227:56
21P. BerglundC0001217:46
22K. ShattenkirkD1014023:04
25C. StewartR0104015:58
26D. JaskinR0002011:12
27A. PietrangeloD0003230:13
28I. ColeD0000014:26
40M. LapierreC0105010:21
42D. BackesR0000220:41
56M. PaajarviL1013010:50
74T. OshieR0003020:18
79A. CracknellR011207:25
91V. TarasenkoR0103018:39
41J. Halak2629.89765:00
3L. SmidD00-10020:17
5M. GiordanoD1105426:28
7T. BrodieD0000025:48
8J. ColborneC0000015:22
11M. BacklundC0216021:53
13M. CammalleriL1106020:37
16B. McGrattanR00-1004:21
17L. BoumaC000007:41
18M. StajanC00-10018:33
22L. StempniakR00-12023:41
23S. MonahanC00-12011:17
24J. HudlerR1102019:16
32P. ByronL0110218:23
39T. GaliardiL00-11017:51
43C. BreenD00-1007:54
44C. ButlerD0003225:13
54D. JonesR0001014:03
55S. O'BrienD0001016:57
29R. Berra3235.91463:17