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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Blues

by Kristi Hennessy / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- "We're finding ways to win." said Coach Brent Sutter.

The Flames have found a way to win four straight games and pick up two more very valuable points after defeating the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Wednesday night in the Saddledome.

With the win, the Flames are now within two points of the eighth and final playoff spot. They are sitting in 12th place in the Western Conference however, there are just eight points separating 6th place from 14th place.

David Moss took credit for the first Flames tally on a fluky power play goal at 5:34 of the first period. Moss took a shot at Blues goalie, Ty Conklin, who shot out a juicy rebound right onto his defenders stick which in turn ended up in the back of his net.

Moss picked up the second goal of the game and his second of the night also on the power play at 1:29 of the second frame.

Adam Pardy's scored his first goal of the season on a partial breakaway opportunity at 18:38 of the second period. Olli Jokinen fed a breaking Pardy up ice who went hard at the net and fired the puck past Conklin to give his team a 3-0 lead.

Blues forward Philip Mcrae squeaked one past Miikka Kiprusoff at 7:49 of the final period but Jarome Iginla sealed the deal tossing one into the empty net in the dying seconds.

The Flames power play has been stellar over the last three games. This is no coincidence that they happen to have won all three of those games.
Including tonight's game, after going two for two, the Flames have gone six for 16 on the man advantage for 38%.

David Moss attached his name on both power play markers tonight to help drown the Blues tonight.

Adam Pardy has been looking for his first of the season and finally found it tonight. A pretty one it was.

Olli Jokinen snagged the puck from a Blues player down low in front of Kiprusoff. He turned and raced up the boards, saw Pardy breaking up centre ice and zipped a nice pass right onto his stick.
Pardy got into position and snapped one past Conklin's stick side at 18:38 of the second period.

Pardy's beauty gave the Flames a healthy 3-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

David Moss was superb for the Flames tonight racking up two powerplay goals and an assist. He opened the scoring on a fluky goal as he fired a shot on Ty Conklin who spit out a juicy rebound right onto his d-man, Erik Johnson's stick and into the back of the net it went. Moss was credited for the goal.

He picked up his second goal of the night also on the power play at 1:29 of the second period. Anton Babchuk fired a hard shot from the top of the left circle. Moss was positioned in front of the net and was able to get his stick on the shot for a perfect deflection into the back of the net.

-The Calgary Flames have outshot their opponents 517-436 in the third period this season.

-Jarome Iginla scored his 20th goal on January 21st, it is the 12th consecutive season that he has recorded 20+ goals. If Jarome is
able to get to 30 goals this season, he will be only the 10th player in NHL history to record 10 consecutive 30+ goal season.

"I didn't think it was ever going to happen! It just feels good to get one especially in the situation that is going on. It was a big goal and a big two points for us. It feels good to be involved and get that first one."- Adam Pardy on scoring his first goal of the season.

Tuesday, Feb. 1 @ Nashville
  6:00 PM MT (Sportsnet West, FAN 960)

The Flames will enjoy a few well deserved days off during the NHL All-Star break before getting back to practice on Monday. The team will hit the road for a two-game road trip landing first in Nashville against the Predators on Tuesday night.

Game time is 6:00 PM MT on Sportsnet West and The FAN 960.
500 Career games for Kiprusoff.
3 Giordano had 3 shots and 3 hits in the first period tonight. He had 5 hits total.
16 Iginla is tied for 16th in league scoring with 46 points. (21+25)
127 Giordano is 2nd in the NHL amongst shot blockers. (127)
966 Iginla passed Maurice the "Rocket" Richard on the career points leaders list with 966th career points(462+504). He is now in the 82nd spot.

1st Star
David Moss
G A P +/- Shots
2 1 3 +1 2
2nd Star
Miikka Kiprusoff
29 28 1 59:48 .966
3rd Star
Mark Giodano
G A P +/- Shots
0 1 1 +1 3

Ty Conklin
19 16 3 58:30 .842

Miikka Kiprusoff
29 28 1 59:48 .966

Author: Kristi Hennessy

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