Calgary
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46-30-6
St. Louis
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41-31-10

31 SOG
31 SOG
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game recap

Flames 6, Blues 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:54 AM

Associated Press


The Blues got behind early and never recovered, falling 6-3 to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -Two early goals by Jarome Iginla started a big night of offense for the Calgary Flames, who overpowered the St. Louis Blues to end a three-game losing streak. 

Blues coach Andy Murray was more impressed with one of Iginla's assists, a cross-ice pass to Mike Cammalleri for a power-play goal that broke open Calgary's 6-3 victory Tuesday. Cammalleri had an easy one-timer after Blues goalie Chris Mason, expecting a drive from Iginla, couldn't react in time when Iginla instead threaded the needle. The goal put the Flames ahead 4-2 in the second period.

"Maybe the best forward in the game," Murray said. "He froze everybody. I think everybody in the building thought he was shooting the puck, including Chris, and Chris has to honor that shot when it's Jarome Iginla."

Iginla finished with two assists for his 13th four-point game, tying a career high. That made it easy for goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to beat the Blues for the 11th straight time.

"He had a great game," Flames coach Mike Keenan said about Iginla. "He had a leadership game and you expect that from your best players. He was engaged tonight, and it looked like that right from the start."

Iginla, who leads the Flames with 37 points, was held to one assist during the team's slide. But in 46 games against the Blues he has 56 points - 20 goals and 36 assists - a total that includes a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime victory at St. Louis on Dec. 5.

The latest outburst was Iginla's 13th four-point game and second this season, also coming on the one-year anniversary of another four-pointer in St. Louis last season.

"The same day? Oh, that's cool," Iginla said. "I'm glad I didn't get that in my head, but this is a good hockey barn, it's a good atmosphere."

He's one point shy of 800 for his career.

"I didn't know I was that close to 800," Iginla said. "But I was thankful for the points."

Kiprusoff, who made 28 saves, hasn't lost to the Blues since Jan. 30, 2006, in a 3-2 shootout. The run includes both meetings this season, and he's 13-3-1 in his career against St. Louis.

"I don't want to think about it too much because then I'll lose the next one," Kiprusoff said. "I just try to do the same stuff night after night."

Brad Boyes got his 16th goal and an assist for the Blues, who have lost four in a row while allowing 21 goals.

St. Louis, which also got goals from Patrik Berglund and David Backes, has dropped nine of 10 to the Flames.

"Two three-goal leads is something we can't give up, especially with all the injuries we have to some key offensive guys," defenseman Barret Jackman said. "We have to keep games close, and defensively we just didn't make the right decisions.

"When you're giving up five, six goals a game, it's hard to win."

Iginla got both tallies in the first period, one while sprawled in the crease after being restrained by defenseman Mike Weaver. The puck glanced off Iginla's glove and he thought also off his backside on Cory Sarich's wrist shot from the point, beating Mason on the Flames' first shot.

Iginla made it 2-0 with a more typical play, a blistering wrist shot from the slot off a feed from Craig Conroy for his 16th goal at 17:38.

Matthew Lombardi made it 3-0 early in the third period with a shot that deflected off the right skate of Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. The Blues briefly made a game of it when Berglund intercepted Adrian Aucoin's clearing attempt up the middle and Boyes flipped one past Kiprusoff with 2 seconds to go on a power play at 10:31 of the second.

Cammalleri's power-play goal capitalized on a cross-checking penalty against the Blues' Roman Polak, and Aucoin's deflection on a 2-on-1 break with Lombardi made it 5-2 after two periods.

Notes: The Flames are 10-1 when Iginla has more than one point. ... Calgary totaled six goals during the three-game skid. ... Boyes has six goals and six assists in the last 10 games, and a goal in both games against Calgary this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:14
CGY
Jarome Iginla (15) Deflected shot - ASST: Cory Sarich (5), Craig Conroy (11)
1 - 0 CGY
17:38
CGY
Jarome Iginla (16) Snap shot - ASST: Craig Conroy (12), Mike Cammalleri (14)
2 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
06:51
CGY
Matthew Lombardi (3) Snap shot - ASST: Rene Bourque (7), Cory Sarich (6)
3 - 0 CGY
07:22
STL
Patrik Berglund (10) Snap shot - ASST: David Perron (18)
3 - 1 CGY
10:31
STL
PPG - Brad Boyes (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Steen (6), Barret Jackman (5)
3 - 2 CGY
12:09
CGY
PPG - Mike Cammalleri (11) Snap shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (20), Matthew Lombardi (6)
4 - 2 CGY
18:01
CGY
Adrian Aucoin (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Matthew Lombardi (7), Jarome Iginla (21)
5 - 2 CGY
3rd Period
05:41
STL
David Backes (8) Snap shot - ASST: Keith Tkachuk (9), Brad Boyes (14)
5 - 3 CGY
08:41
CGY
Daymond Langkow (8) Snap shot - ASST: Jamie Lundmark (1), Todd Bertuzzi (14)
6 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
05:50
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Andre Roy
05:50
CGY
Andre Roy  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
08:58
STL
Patrik Berglund  Holding against  Todd Bertuzzi
18:43
CGY
Rene Bourque  Slashing against  Roman Polak
2nd Period
06:55
STL
Brad Winchester  Fighting (maj) against  Cory Sarich
06:55
CGY
Cory Sarich  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Winchester
07:54
STL
Brad Boyes  Interference against  Dion Phaneuf
08:33
CGY
Todd Bertuzzi  Tripping against  Barret Jackman
11:06
STL
Roman Polak  Cross checking against  Jarome Iginla
13:07
STL
Dan Hinote  Roughing against  Eric Nystrom
13:07
CGY
Eric Nystrom  Roughing against  Dan Hinote
18:20
CGY
Andre Roy  Hooking against  Mike Weaver
19:41
CGY
Adrian Aucoin  Interference against  B.J. Crombeen
3rd Period
00:58
CGY
Adam Pardy  Hi-sticking against  Patrik Berglund
11:23
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Cory Sarich
11:23
CGY
Cory Sarich  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
11:23
CGY
Cory Sarich  Slashing against  Cam Janssen
15:50
CGY
Mike Cammalleri  Slashing against  David Perron
16:32
CGY
Eric Nystrom  Misconduct (10 min)
16:32
STL
Jeff Woywitka  Misconduct (10 min)
16:32
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Roughing against  Adrian Aucoin
16:32
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Roughing against  Adrian Aucoin
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
17-10-2
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0
Chris Mason
SA: 31TOI: 59:49
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .806SH: 0 - 0

 
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