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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Blues

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- It was yet another proverbial four-point for the Calgary Flames as they squared off against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday and thanks in large part to Miikka Kiprusoff, the Flames came out with a huge two points to keep them in the playoff picture.

Kiprusoff made 27 saves in the 1-0 victory. The Flames now sit in sixth place in the wild Western Conference with 73 points.

The first 40 minutes of play saw both teams push the play to outside, keeping the vast majority of the shots coming from a long range. Neither Kiprusoff nor Ben Bishop were busy in net, making a combined 28 saves through two periods.

David Moss finally opened the scoring early in the third period. Alex Tanguay had the lone assist on the goal. While the Blues had several chances to tie it up late in the game, Kiprusoff stood tall and was able to preserve the win for his team.

After 40 minutes of scoreless play, both squads knew it could easily be a one goal affair. The third period started with some furious play at both ends before the Flames found a way to break the deadlock.

Tanguay battled for the puck in the corner before managing to knife it over to Moss, who had hurried into the slot. Moss barreled through Carlo Colaiacovo, tripping over the St. Louis forward and falling forward as he got the puck. He somehow got his stick on the bouncing puck and flipped it towards the net mid-fall. The shot flew over Bishop's glove at 5:39, marking Moss' 15th goal of the season.

After the Flames opening goal in the third stanza, the Blues went desperatey searching for the equalizer. They were able to gain a sustained forecheck several times but after a couple of shifts, Robyn Regehr shut them down with a thunderous hit.

Roman Polak was lingering all alone along the half-wall in the Flames zone, waiting for pass. Regehr saw the puck make it's way along the boards towards the forward and he went full steam at Polak. Laying his shoulder hard into him, Regehr sent Polak sprawling to ice in a heap. That hit haulted the Blues momentum for much of the period and aided the team in maintaining their single goal lead.

While he may not have contributed on the scoresheet, Matt Stajan's compete level was off the charts on Sunday evening.

The pivot was all over the ice, helping make plays and getting passes through a St. Louis crew that loves to block shots and shooting lanes. He was extremely engaged in the play every shift and was excellent in the faceoff circle. He won six of eight draws, a 75% win rate.

Stajan had 12:50 of ice time, notched one shot, had an even rating and one takeaway.

Anton Babchuk needs nine points to reach 100 in his career.

Brendan Morrison needs four goals to reach 200, nine assists to reach 400 and eight games to reach 900.

Jay Bouwmeester is the NHL's leading ironman, playing in 488 straight games. The streak started on Mar. 6, 2004 during Bouwmeester's tenure with the Florida Panthers.

"I think when you're not getting chances offensively, you switch things up. That's what Brent did. Playing with Tangs and Mo, I think it's easy to get open and find a spot. They're good passers and they'll find you." - Moss on being pushed up to the first line

Tuesday, Mar. 1 vs. St. Louis
  6:00 PM MT (Sportsnet Calgary, FAN 960)

For the second time in 72 hours, the Flames will square off against the Blues. It marks the first contest in a two-game road swing for the Flames, who will head directly to Chicago afterwards to take on the Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Game time is 6:00 PM MT on Sportsnet Calgary and The FAN 960.
800 Career games for Alex Tanguay.
1 Shot on goal for the Flames during their 4:00 power play in the first period.
0 Power play goals for the Blues who have scored at least one with the man advantage in their past eight straight games.
4 Hits for the seemingly unbreakable Tim Jackman.
24 Blocked shots by the Blues. The Flames had half as many.

1st Star
Miikka Kiprusoff
27 27 0 60:00 1.00
2nd Star
David Moss
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 1
3rd Star
Matt Stajan
G A P +/- Shots
0 0 0 0 1

Ben Bishop
20 19 1 58:15 .950

Miikka Kiprusoff
27 27 0 60:00 1.00

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