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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Blues

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames put a present under the tree for fans.

Two points.

Mark Giordano scored with 4.2 seconds remaining to force overtime and Joe Colborne scored the shootout winner to lift the Flames to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

The shootout’s first shooter, Colborne broke in on Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak and faked a deke before chipping the puck through his legs for the only goal of the extra contest.

Reto Berra stopped all three St. Louis shooters to secure the win and improve to 3-0 in the shootout.

Some late game heroics helped send the Flames into the Christmas break on a jovial note.

Trailing 3-1 with nine minutes left, Mike Cammalleri took a no-look behind the back pass from Paul Byron behind the net and ripped it by Halak’s blocker to cut the Blues’ lead to 3-2.

Giordano forced overtime after he hammered Jiri Hudler’s cross-ice pass by Halak in the dying seconds of regulation.

After dispatching of the Edmonton Oilers 6-0 on Saturday, the Blues came hard against Calgary in the first period, opening the scoring on Kevin Shattenkirk’s fifth of the season on the power play just 7:23 into the game.

Hudler tied the game at 12:06 of the second period before St. Louis exploded for two goals in 44 seconds off the sticks of Jaden Schwartz and Magnus Paajarvi.

The goals set the stage for the late-game heroics of Cammalleri and Giordano before Colborne and Berra took over in the shootout.


With Vladimir Tarasenko in the penalty box for holding, Hudler took Mikael Backlund’s cross-ice pass and ripped a shot from below the faceoff dot by Jaroslav Halak at 12:06 of the second period to temporarily tie the game.


Facing Paajarvi in the third round of the shootout, Berra denied the Blues forward to lift the Flames to victory.


Cammalleri’s goal at 11:05 of the third period put all the momentum in Calgary’s favour, which eventually led to Giordano’s game-tying goal with seconds remaining before Colborne’s shootout winner.


“I know its one game out of 82 but the last game before Christmas, I think it’s always special. You’re going home, your families will be around and many times they talk to you about your last game. For our players to go back with their families, they’ll have plenty to talk about. I felt that we were on a three-game losing streak and I said we deserve better. You guys deserve better."

-Bob Hartley


The Flames comeback came against one of the best teams in the league at nailing down a win. The Blues lost for just the third time in 19 games (16-0-3) when leading after two periods.


Derek Smith was scratched against the Blues. Dennis Wideman (broken hand), Kris Russell (MCL sprain), Curtis Glencros (high ankle sprain) and Blair Jones (torn meniscus) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames break for the holidays before returning on Friday to host the Edmonton Oilers (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).

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