Early eruption carries Blues past Flames

Updated: February 16, 2013

The St. Louis Blues struck for four first-
period goals and rode that early surge to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames at
Scotiabank Saddledome.

David Perron scored a pair of power-play goals for the Blues, who have won two
straight on the heels of a five-game slide. Alexander Steen had a goal and two
assists. Rookie Jake Allen made 30 saves, including an incredible stick stop
in the opening period.

Dennis Wideman and Curtis Glencross supplied the goals for Calgary, which has
dropped three of four.

Flames starting netminder Leland Irving was pulled 4:07 into the game after
allowing two goals on four shots. Joey MacDonald, claimed off waivers from
Detroit on Monday, finished with 18 saves in his Calgary debut.

Jaden Schwartz staked the Blues to a 1-0 lead 1:28 into the game. Steen kept
the puck in at the blue line and fed Schwartz, who fired a backhander past

Schwartz then set up Patrik Berglund’s tally at the 4:07 mark after another
failed clearing attempt.

Allen made a spectacular stop on T.J. Brodie midway through the first period.
Brodie was going toward an open net after receiving a pass from Jiri Hudler.
Allen somehow reached his stick across the net and in midair knocked the puck
into his own glove.

“I saw the guy in the corner of my eye. In desperation I didn’t have much of
a chance so I just threw my stick out there,” Allen said. “Fortunate enough
for me, it hit it and it popped right up so I could catch it right away too,
which is a big bonus.”

Calgary then expanded the lead when Steen found the back of the net at 13:49.

The league’s top power-play unit then went to work. T.J. Oshie fired a shot
that deflected off David Backes, who was providing a screen. The carom wound
up on the stick of Perron, and he snapped the puck home with 2:48 left in
the opening frame for a 4-0 lead.

“Especially in the first 10 minutes, we were outworked,” Calgary forward
Jarome Iginla said. “We weren’t ready physically to battle and compete.”

Wideman scored a power-play goal late in the second period, then Glencross
drove the net and tapped in Iginla’s saucer pass at the 2:46 mark of the
third. It was his 100th NHL goal.

Seventeen seconds later, however, Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano was
whistled for interference. Perron struck again on the man advantage, beating
MacDonald at 4:08.

Game Notes

Iginla played in his 1,200th career game … Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester
played in his 600th consecutive game … Steen extended his goal scoring
streak to four games … Coming into the game, the Flames had outscored
opponents by a 14-8 margin in the first period this season … St. Louis
scored a power-play goal in its eighth straight game.