COMEAU MAKES HIS DEBUT
The Flames claimed winger Blake Comeau off of waivers this morning and the 25 year-old made it into St. Louis in time to play his first game with the club.
Head coach Brent Sutter placed the forward on a line with Roman Horak and Lee Stempniak and the trio meshed well. In the first period alone, they combined for three shots on net and were able to set up shop in the Blues zone several times.
Overall, the Meadow Lake native had three shots on net and three hits in 15:08 of ice time.
Comeau also had 1:48 of power play time.
BLUES SHORTIE OPENS THE SCORING
The Flames first power play of the game backfired on them as David Backes was able to open the scoring with a short-handed goal.
The St. Louis captain was able to get behind rookie blueliner TJ Brodie after a battle through the neutral zone and fooled Miikka Kiprusoff with forehand deke that flew over top of his glove.
The tally came right after Lee Stempniak rang a shot off the post.
After Backes put the Blues ahead with his short-handed marker, the Flames had three more chances with the man advantage but they couldn't find a way to generate enough quality scoring chances to beat Brian Elliott.
The power looked extremely forced at times and plays were often stilted. When they were able to get plays set up, their passes seemed a half-second too slow and the Blues were able to position themselves block the shot or allow Elliott a clear view of the on-coming shot.
SECOND PERIOD SLUMP
Calgary looked lifeless in the second period despite having two power plays and their performance in the middle frame may have cost them the contest.
The Blues put 13 shots on Kiprusoff while the Flames had just four on Elliott. St. Louis was simply more relentless on the puck and that translated to them having possession for the majority of the period. They hemmed the Flames in their own zone and were able to sustain a forecheck for lengthy periods of time.
THREE BREAKAWAYS MISSED
The Flames had three breakaways in the game and could not manage to bury any of them. Lee Stempniak, Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla were all denied by Elliott.