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Blues blank Flames, whose skid hits seven

by Todd Kimberley / NHL.com
CALGARY -- The St. Louis Blues were back in tune on Monday night.

The Calgary Flames? Their frustration level continues to grow.

Forty-eight hours after squandering a late three-goal lead and dropping a 4-3 shootout decision to the visiting Anaheim Ducks, the Blues rebounded with a solid 2-0 victory over the host Flames.

Patrik Berglund and David Perron scored for the Blues (23-21-8), who broke out of a brief two-game skid and sent the Flames (26-20-6) to their seventh straight defeat before a crowd of 19,289 at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

"We knew they'd be coming with a pretty healthy response. We expected that out of them in this building," said Blues coach Davis Payne. "But we had a response, too. The ice evened out early enough . . . and after the third period we had during our last game, with Anaheim coming back, we wanted to make sure we got back to the way we know how to play."

Ty Conklin stopped all 34 shots for St. Louis. He's the second visiting goaltender in three games to notch a shutout against the Flames, whose offensive struggles appear to have reached critical mass.

"We can't have anybody feeling sorry for themselves," said Flames coach Brent Sutter. "Because I'll tell you what – there's certainly no one out there feeling sorry for us."

The Blues are now four points back of the Detroit Red Wings for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Berglund, in his second season with St. Louis, broke a scoreless tie with 1:18 left in the second period, his centering pass glancing off the skate of Calgary's Dustin Boyd, who was covering Brad Boyes, and into the net.

Perron gave the Blues some breathing room at 11:21 of the third period, taking a cross-crease feed from Andy McDonald and beating a helpless Miikka Kiprusoff for a 2-0 lead.
Kiprusoff, who faced 29 St. Louis shots, was solid in defeat, robbing a diving Brad Winchester on a mid-air deflection and stoning Keith Tkachuk on a redirection from the slot.

"It can be frustrating when you run into a hot goaltender, and Kiprusoff stood on his head, there, during a couple of point-blank shots," said Blues center T.J. Oshie. "But everyone in this room gave it a full 60. There's going to be ups and downs in games, and it comes down to who's going to stick with it longer."

Conklin chalked up his third shutout of the season, handling 15 third-period shots — including three off the stick of Rene Bourque — and keeping his cool during numerous goal-mouth scrambles.

"We played a solid road game against a desperate team," said Conklin. "We got a lot of big contributions throughout the lineup."

The Flames, meanwhile, have seemingly crumpled in the month of January. They've lost seven in a row for the first time since Nov. 7-21, 2002, and nine of their past 10. Third in the West and leading the Northwest Division prior to their January swoon, the Flames are now back out of playoff contention, falling to ninth in the conference.

And their offense has gone stagnant, with just 15 goals in 10 games and six in their past six home tilts.

"I'm not going stand here and be negative," said Sutter, "because everyone else in the world is toward our hockey team right now.

"We know that if you don't score a goal, you're not going to win. We know that. We certainly had opportunities here tonight . . . it's just not happening around the net for us. But we've just got to keep forging ahead."

The Flames fell to 12-12-3 at the Saddledome, where they've collected just one of a possible 12 points (0-5-1) in their past six games.

"We don't quit, and we don't feel sorry for ourselves," said Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who hasn't lit the lamp in 11 games. "Kipper played great again. We know it's tough for our fans, and we also know it's very tough for Kipper. He's playing such great hockey. But we're going to keep pushing."

The Blues continue a three-game Western Canadian trek with games on Wednesday in Vancouver and Thursday in Edmonton. The Flames now hit the road for games in Dallas on Wednesday and Phoenix on Thursday.

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