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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Blues

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

TAKEAWAY ONE: No new names in the lineup

After acquiring defenceman Brett Carson and winger Fredrik Modin on Monday, the Flames opted to stick to the lineup they used in their 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on the weekend.

Modin joined the team at the morning skate while Carson did not arrive in St. Louis late in the afternoon.

"It's important that we go with the same lineup we had the other night," head coach Brett Sutter said after the morning skate. "We'll wait and see (when Modin will make his debut). A lot is determined by how guys are playing.

"I coach on a game-by-game basis as far as what our lineup will be."

TAKEAWAY TWO: 17 & counting

Miikka Kiprusoff has been sensational over the past month and half and that means his workload has been heavy. He started in his 17th straight start on Tuesday and earned his second straight shutout.

Kiprusoff has been masterful over the Blues this season, stopping 80 of 81 shots this season when facing off against St. Louis.

The Finnish netminder was excellent when he needed to be, stopping a surging Blues club in the second period when St. Louis hemmed the Flames in their own end for much of the stanza. He made several close range clutch saves to preserve the shutout.

TAKEAWAY THREE: Tip-top Tanguay

Alex Tanguay has been excellent for the club all season but has proven extremely useful in tight games like the past two played between the Flames and Blues. Tanguay assisted on Moss' 15th goal of the season on Sunday and the winger scored the opening goal on Tuesday night.

Circling the slot, Tanguay took a pass from Jarome Iginla and managed to get goaltender Ben Bishop to commit to thinking he was going to take a one-timer when the pass hit his stick. He faked the shot, dekked around the diving goalie and slid the puck in to score his 17th of the year.

Tanguay is currently riding a five game point streak. He has two goals and five points in that span.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: Weathering the storm

After going down by a goal late in the first period, the Blues came out flying in the second stanza.

The shot count during the period was deceiving as the Blues put seven shots on net and the Flames sent five at Ben Bishop. St. Louis dominated the play for the majority of the frame, parking themselves in front of Kiprusoff and making life difficult for the defence and netminder.

They had several shots go wide and the Flames shot blocking helped keep them off the scoresheet. After 40 minutes of play, St. Louis had 17 shots blocked by Calgary and missed the net 13 times.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: Loving the Blues

David Moss and Iginla seem to love playing against St. Louis this season.

Moss registered his fourth goal in three games against the Blues when he scored a power play marker in the third period. He has five points so far in the season series.

The Flames captain was on fire with four points. He scored two goals in the third and added two helpers to push his points total to 62 this season. He's now tied for Anze Kopitar for 10th in NHL scoring.

Iginla is now 18 points away from 1000 in his career.

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