CALGARY – Friday night provided a reason to cheer in St. Louis—but the Blues were not responsible. While the Cardinals were busy claiming World Series victory, the Blues lost to the Calgary Flames 3-1. Despite outshooting the Flames 29 to 18, the Blues could not get the puck past Miikka Kiprusoff to clench their fourth victory in a row.
Both teams played a solid, defensively tight first period. Clearly a battle of goaltenders, Brian Elliott and Kiprusoff stood tall between the pipes, eliminating any chance of scoring.
Tom Kostopoulos opened the scoring for the Flames in the second period, beating Elliott high to the glove side. The Flames carried their 1-0 lead into the third period.
The Blues had a chance to get back into the game roughly seven minutes into the third period. Jay Bouwmeester headed to the penalty box at 7:15 for holding, and on the ensuing power play, Mark Giordano drew another penalty after cross-checking T.J. Oshie in front of the net. The Blues were awarded a 5-on-3 power play for 54 seconds, but failed to capitalize. Rookie Roman Horak buried a second Calgary goal in the third, putting the game officially out of reach for St. Louis. Though Alex Steen would net his sixth of the year, Olli Jokinen added an empty net goal, sealing the Flames’ victory.
Blues Head Coach Davis Payne gave Elliott the nod in net, but must reevaluate Jaroslav Halak at some point. Look for Halak to start Sunday when the Blues take on the Edmonton Oilers in Alberta.
- Per Blues beat writer Andy Strickland and NHL.com, Matthew Hulsizer signed a purchase agreement today to buy the Blues.
- Kent Huskins left in the third period after taking a Rene Bourque shot off the ankle. The extent of Huskins’ injury is unknown, but Nikita Nikitin will hop into the lineup if Huskins cannot start on Sunday.
- Even though the team failed to score on three power play chances, the Blues looked much crisper on the power play Friday night. The man advantage has been a troublesome spot thus far for the Blues—their power play is worst in the league at a 6.1% success rate.