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Flames 4, Blues 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:39 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 4, Blues 2
Calgary Flames 4, St. Louis Blues 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) -The Calgary Flames erased a two-goal deficit by ignoring it.

Jarome Iginla had three assists, including Wayne Primeau's go-ahead score on a short-handed breakaway early in the third period, in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

"You take a look at their lineup and they've got guys with Stanley Cup rings," Blues goalie Curtis Sanford said. "We know there's no giving up in that room and we certainly didn't respond."

Petr Cajanek and Radek Dvorak scored on two of the Blues' first four shots, but Miikka Kiprusoff stopped the last 15 to help the Flames win their fifth in a row with a rare road victory. The Blues had won four in a row at home, their best stretch since a five-game run from Nov. 4-25, 2003.

"To be honest with you, I don't think we deserved to win," coach Andy Murray said. "We got what we deserved."

The Flames are 9-15-8 on the road after entering the game tied with Florida for the fewest road points in the NHL. Calgary, the Stanley Cup runner-up in 2003-04, was tied for sixth with Dallas in the Western Conference.

"It's really important at this time of the year that you find a way to get points on the road," coach Jim Playfair said. "We did the job we had to do."

Sanford stopped Calgary's first 21 shots before Alex Tanguay's power-play goal on a one-timer from the left side of the net with 45.1 seconds to go in the second period. Craig Conroy, who piled up two goals and an assist in the third period, tied it at 36 seconds of the third with his first goal in eight games on a wrist shot from the left circle.

"You get that power-play goal, there's a lot of life," Conroy said. "You feel, 'OK, you've kind of broke his bubble, and let's go get another one."'

The Flames caught Eric Brewer pinching on the go-ahead goal, taking advantage of the defenseman's halfhearted pursuit of the puck along the boards to spring Primeau at 6:34. Conroy added his 10th goal on a 3-on-2 break, converting a pass from Iginla.

"Eric Brewer was up front and needed to be harder on the puck," Murray said.

Primeau used some second-hand advice from Iginla, whose locker is next door, on his break. Primeau overheard Iginla say if he got a break he'd try to deke Sanford and go to the backhand, and had an empty net as a result.

"I was eavesdropping a little bit and just thought I'd try it," Primeau said. "It's a good feeling to score to help the team win, that's the biggest bonus."

Kiprusoff is 6-0-1 in his last seven starts against the Blues, including a shutout on Nov. 14. He shut the door despite some shaky saves.

"Kipper made some huge saves to get our feet under us," Iginla said. "We starting drawing some power plays and it started shifting."

Cajanek scored on the Blues' first shot, a one-timer from close range at 3:22, and Dvorak made it 2-0 at 9:36, despite Calgary's 9-4 shot advantage. Dvorak's shot seemed to surprise Kiprusoff, who didn't react until the puck was sliding past him.

Notes: The Flames are 3-15-4 when trailing after two periods. The Blues are 17-3-4 when leading after two. ... The Blues are 2-1-1 since dealing their top two scorers, Keith Tkachuk and Bill Guerin, at the trade deadline. ... Iginla has three goals and six assists in five games.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:22
STL
Petr Cajanek (10) Snap shot - ASST: Brad Boyes (22), Doug Weight (37)
1 - 0 STL
09:36
STL
Radek Dvorak (9) Slapshot - ASST: Eric Brewer (19)
2 - 0 STL
2nd Period
19:14
CGY
PPG - Alex Tanguay (19) Snap shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (43), Roman Hamrlik (25)
2 - 1 STL
3rd Period
00:36
CGY
Craig Conroy (9) Snap shot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (48), Jarome Iginla (44)
2 - 2 Tie
06:34
CGY
SHG - Wayne Primeau (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Craig Conroy (20)
3 - 2 CGY
16:40
CGY
Craig Conroy (10) Snap shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (45), Dion Phaneuf (27)
4 - 2 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
11:15
CGY
Tony Amonte  Hooking
13:56
CGY
Daymond Langkow  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
17:25
STL
Ville Nieminen  Holding against  Alex Tanguay
18:49
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Holding against  Barret Jackman
2nd Period
00:48
STL
Eric Brewer  Hooking against  Jarome Iginla
00:52
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Tripping against  Barret Jackman
11:39
STL
Ryan Johnson  Slashing
13:53
CGY
Roman Hamrlik  Hooking against  Ryan Johnson
16:21
STL
Ryan Johnson  Hooking
18:52
STL
Doug Weight  Tripping against  Stephane Yelle
3rd Period
05:44
CGY
Alex Tanguay  Interference against  Ryan Johnson
07:16
STL
Radek Dvorak  Interference on goalkeeper
10:25
STL
Ville Nieminen  Too many men/ice - bench
16:24
CGY
Wayne Primeau  Slashing
16:24
STL
David Backes  Cross checking
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 19TOI: 59:52
Saves: 17EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .895SH: 0 - 0
Curtis Sanford
SA: 32TOI: 57:19
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .875SH: 3 - 4