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Flames edged by Blues

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

ST. LOUIS, MO -- Vladimir Tarasenko scored his League-leading 21st goal to go with a three-point game and help the St. Louis Blues end the Calgary Flames' seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory at Scottrade Center on Saturday.

The Blues (20-10-4) extended their winning streak against the Flames (15-15-2) to six games.

St. Louis has outscored Calgary 24-7 the past six games, and the Blues have defeated the Flames seven straight times on home ice, outscoring them 25-9.

Tarasenko's three-point game was his second in three games, Colton Parayko scored for the first time in 10 games, Jori Lehtera scored and Alexander Steen had two assists for St. Louis. Goalie Brian Elliott made 36 saves and defeated the Flames for the seventh straight time.

The Flames, who conclude a four-game trip Sunday at the Detroit Red Wings, got third-period goals from Sean Monahan and Mark Giordano. Karri Ramo made 19 saves.

The Blues started fast, scoring twice in a 2:24 span early in the first period.

Tarasenko made it 1-0 when Carl Gunnarsson's shot from the left point deflected off the Flames' TJ Brodie to Tarasenko coming through the crease for an easy tap-in 1:23 into the game.

It was Tarasenko's fifth straight game with a goal, a career-high, and seven of the past eight games. He has 11 goals in the past 13 games at Scottrade Center.

Parayko's sixth goal of the season (third against the Flames) came off a flip pass from Tarasenko into the slot. Parayko skated around Brodie and lifted a backhand from a sharp angle past Ramo at 3:47 to make it 2-0.

A crucial Ramo save on Lehtera prevented it from becoming 3-0, and the Flames benefited from a no-goal call on Steen, who batted a puck in that would have made it 3-0 with 3:29 remaining in the first but was waved off for a high stick. Video review proved to be inconclusive and the call on the ice stood.

Lehtera's goal with 5:07 to play in the second to made it 3-0 St. Louis. Tarasenko's third point of the game and 14th in 11 games (eight goals, six assists) came when he started the play with an outlet feed to Steen, whose cross-ice pass found Lehtera, who scored with a slap shot for his first goal in 13 games.

The Flames outshot the Blues 15-6 in the second but three power plays for the last-ranked unit in the League produced nothing. The Blues, who came in No. 2 in the NHL in penalty-killing efficiency, have killed 29 of the past 30 since Nov. 25.

Monahan broke the shutout by scoring four minutes into the third period. He batted the puck into the net and initially, officials waved the goal off for a high stick but changed reversed their call after consulting one another. Video review was inconclusive and the call on the ice stood and made it 3-1.

Giordano's goal with 3:53 made it a 3-2 game off a rush and a shot from the left circle that caromed past Elliott off defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk's stick.

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