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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Blues

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The St. Louis Blues left the Calgary Flames feeling just that.

Exploding for a three-goal second period, the Blues doused the Flames 4-1 at the Scottrade Center on Thursday night in Calgary's second-last game of the season.

Finishing out of the Western Conference playoff picture, the Flames have one final test in the 2013 season, coming Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

After a scoreless first period, the Blues put up a three-spot in the second.

After taking a feed down low from Jay Bouwmeester, Adam Cracknell found Ryan Reaves in the slot, who pumped a shot behind MacDonald to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 3:21.

It didn't take long for Sven Baertschi to even the score.

After a nice play to force the puck up ice by Mikael Backlund, Jiri Hudler grabbed the puck and danced a Blues defenceman before feeding Baertschi, who fluttered a one-timer over Elliott to tie the game 1-1 at 7:58. The goal extends Baertschi's point streak to seven games, the longest of any rookie this season.

St. Louis answered just 2:02 later.

After a crossbar moments earlier, Chris Stewart found Andy McDonald in the slot. McDonald corralled the pass and fired a shot that beat the Flames goaltender to the blocker to restore the lead.

The Blues built on that lead after Paul Byron was whistled for high sticking.

On the ensuing faceoff scramble, Alex Steen found himself alone in front of MacDonald. After fanning on his initial attempt, he was able to lift a second attempt over the sprawled goaltender at 15:27 to give St. Louis a 3-1 edge.

Reaves added his second of the night 2:10 into the third period, extending the lead to three on the game's final goal.


With his third of the season and extending his point scoring streak to seven, Baertschi floated a one-timer off a pass from Hudler over Elliott.


Just over a minute into the second period, David Perron set up a Jordan Leopold attempt that MacDonald was able to deny before turning away Vladimir Tarasenko's backhanded rebound attempt in the slot.


McDonald's bounce-back tally at the 10 minute mark of the second period, just 2:02 after Calgary tied the game, spurred the Blues on to a three-goal period and one the Flames couldn't overcome in the third.


"We want to put in everything we've got ... we want to finish the right way."

-Sven Baertschi


Dropping the gloves with Kris Russell, Mike Cammalleri recorded his first fight since December 16, 2010 as a member of the Montreal Canadiens when he tangled with David Krejci. Cammalleri finished the night with seven penalty minutes, the second-most in a single game in his career behind a 12 minute affair versus the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 26, 2009.


Brett Carson, Cory Sarich, Brian McGrattan, Akim Aliu, Ben Street, Carter Bancks, Ben Hanowski and Leland Irving were all healthy scratches. Curtis Glencross, Steve Begin, Alex Tanguay and Derek Smith all missed the contest due to injury.


The Flames close out the 2013 season in Chicago against the Blackhawks on Friday (6:30 p.m. MT, TSN).

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