|CGY||1||2||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|STL||2||1||1||(0 - 0)||4|
This time, St. Louis Blues made honoring Brett Hull a festive occasion.
The Blues paid tribute to Hull for his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame prior to Tuesday's game against Calgary. T.J. Oshie then scored the go-ahead goal with 4:58 to play to give the Blues a 4-3 win.
"I think the festivities definitely helped us," said Brad Boyes, who assisted on the Blues' first three goals. "But at the same time it was a big game. We've got to get this home record back to the way we need it, and tonight was the first step."
It was a lot better outcome than the first time the Blues honored Hull -- a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in December 2006 that was the final game before coach Mike Kitchen was fired.
The Blues, now 6-10-2 at home, also got some motivation from their last game -- a 5-3 home loss to Edmonton in which they blew a 3-0 lead.
"I think we learned from our mistakes," Oshie said. "We talked about putting a 60-minute game together. We had our heads on straight."
Rene Bourque had a goal and assist for the Flames -- Hull's first NHL team -- who have lost three straight one-goal decisions. Calgary is 11-5-3 on the road with an NHL-leading 25 points.
"I think we've just got to get back to our game," forward Dustin Boyd said. "The last three games we've shown flashes, but not enough."
Flames coach Brent Sutter wasn't happy with his team's performance in the third period. Calgary has just four shots and showed little spark.
"For 40 minutes it was a good game," coach Brent Sutter said. "We took our foot off the pedal in the third and made some mental mistakes."
Oshie scored on a rush, beating backup goalie Curtis McElhinney from the slot off a feed from Paul Kariya.
"That was a great pass, good shot, good execution," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "We just needed to beat somebody at home."
David Backes' third goal in two games opened the scoring at 3:56. Bourque tied it at 9:16, but McDonald sped around Robyn Regehr and scored with 69 seconds to go in the period to give the Blues their second lead.
Daymond Langkow's power-play goal 2:13 into the second period got the Flames even and Calgary took its first lead when Boyd scored from the slot at 10:25. The Blues tied it at 3-3 on Steen's power-play goal at 17:23.
Material from wire services and team media were used in this report
|David Backes (7) Slapshot - ASST: Andy McDonald (10), Brad Boyes (10)|
1 - 0 STL
|Rene Bourque (10) Snap shot - ASST: Dion Phaneuf (9), Mark Giordano (10)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Andy McDonald (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Boyes (11), Mike Weaver (2)|
2 - 1 STL
|PPG - Daymond Langkow (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Rene Bourque (17), Jarome Iginla (16)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Dustin Boyd (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Aaron Johnson (2), Robyn Regehr (11)|
3 - 2 CGY
|PPG - Alexander Steen (2) Slapshot - ASST: Carlo Colaiacovo (9), Brad Boyes (12)|
3 - 3 Tie
|TJ Oshie (6) Snap shot - ASST: Paul Kariya (7), David Backes (8)|
4 - 3 STL
|Cam Janssen Fighting (maj) against Brandon Prust|
|Brandon Prust Fighting (maj) against Cam Janssen|
|Dustin Boyd Hooking against TJ Oshie|
|Robyn Regehr Hooking against David Backes|
|Erik Johnson Hi-sticking against Dion Phaneuf|
|David Perron Holding against Mark Giordano|
|Olli Jokinen Tripping against Andy McDonald|
|Dustin Boyd Hooking against David Perron|
|BJ Crombeen Holding against Dion Phaneuf|
|Jay Bouwmeester Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Erik Johnson Hooking against Daymond Langkow|