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St. Louis at Calgary

Blues' Conklin shuts down Flames 2-0

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CALGARY, Alberta -- Ty Conklin is the latest goalie to take advantage of the Calgary Flames' sputtering offense.

Conklin made 34 saves for his third shutout of the season and the St. Louis Blues beat the struggling Flames 2-0 on Monday.

"He did a phenomenal job for us," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "You win hockey games on the road, you win close games, you win in situations like that when your goaltender performs like that."

Conklin deflected the praise to his teammates.

"We're not a team that can get by with half the guys playing and half the guys watching," Conklin said. "Guys scored timely goals, guys sacrificing in front of the net blocking shots killing penalties, Cam Janssen fighting twice, sticking up for the guys on the team. We had big efforts throughout our lineup."

Patrik Berglund and David Perron scored for St. Louis. The Blues moved within four points of the Flames and the Detroit Red Wings, who are tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Five of Conklin's stops came against Jarome Iginla, the Flames' captain and leading scorer. Iginla has gone 11 games without a goal, with just two assists during that stretch.

Iginla had a chance to end his scoring drought when the puck came to him at the side of the net during an early power play, but it got caught up in his skates. He then fell to the ice, swiping the puck through the crease as he fell.

"We're obviously in a little bit of a scoring drought. On a different day those chances go and we get a few," Iginla said.

Trailing 1-0, Iginla had another great chance in the second period as the Flames broke in on a three-on-one break. Iginla snapped a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that Conklin got a pad on. With the rebound in the crease, Curtis Glencross had his stick lifted from behind by the hard backchecking T.J. Oshie.

"That game probably goes 1-1 sooner than we would like," Payne said. "But Osh makes a great play coming back there. We had more than just his, but his was obviously crucial because it was a tap-in if he's not there."

The Flames tried to get their offense going in the third period when they outshot the Blues 7-0 over the first 10 minutes, but they could not solve Conklin.

Rene Bourque had a partial breakaway on a power play, but he was stopped by Conklin. Seconds later, Bourque's deflection in front was also turned aside.

Perron then made it 2-0 with his 15th goal at 11:21 of the third. Andy McDonald drew two Flames toward him then threaded a pass through the slot to Perron on the other side, and whipped a shot past Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

"We weren't playing the way we wanted early in the third and on the bench, we could hear the coaches talk about putting more pressure on them and getting some battles down in the corner and we did that and we ended up scoring a second goal," Perron said.

The Blues started off their three-game road trip through Western Canada the same way they ended their previous one -- with a victory. A month ago they beat Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary on the same trip for the first time in franchise history.

Calgary has lost six in a row and is winless in its past seven. The Flames are 0-5-1 in their past six games at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

"First and foremost it's disappointing to lose the game, but I'm not going to stand here and be negative because everyone else in the world [is]," Flames coach Brent Sutter said.

In their past 11 home games, the Flames have just 15 goals. They scored more than two goals just once during the stretch, and that night their third goal was into an empty net.

"We know it's tough on our fans and we know it's tough on Kipper. He's playing great in there and we aren't getting him any goals. You've got to do that to win," Iginla said.

The game was scoreless until St. Louis got a lucky bounce and took a 1-0 lead with 1:18 left in the second period.

Berglund's shot was going wide but it deflected in off Cory Sarich as he jostled in front with Brad Boyes.

Calgary's struggling power play finished 0 for 2 and is 2 for 32 over the past 11 games.

Notes

  • The Flames began a stretch of 15 games in which they only play four games against teams currently in a playoff spot.
  • Calgary LW Nigel Dawes (leg) did not play. Dustin Boyd started the game in Dawes spot on a line with Daymond Langkow and Bourque, although coach Sutter was mixing all his lines by the second period.
  • Calgary D Jay Bouwmeester has gone 34 games without a goal. He has two goals on the season after scoring 15 times each of the past two seasons.
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St Louis' Cam Janssen loses his helmet as he battles with Calgary's Brandon Prust.  (AP)
St Louis' Cam Janssen loses his helmet as he battles with Calgary's Brandon Prust. (AP)

Scoreboard
St. Louis  (23-21-8) «0112
Calgary (26-20-6)0000
Three Stars
T. Conklin
STL


Saves: 34
Save Pct.: 1.000
R. Bourque
CGY


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
E. Johnson
STL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
18:42Patrik Berglund (7), Tip-In. Assist: Jackman, Polak
3RD PERIOD
11:21David Perron (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: McDonald, Sydor
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:17McGrattan, 5 min, Fighting
02:17Janssen, 5 min, Fighting
04:23Steen, 2 min, Hooking
16:40Jokinen, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
03:12Janssen, 5 min, Fighting
03:12Prust, 5 min, Fighting
09:00Langkow, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
3RD PERIOD
05:05Tkachuk, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
06:41Brewer, 2 min, Roughing
06:41Bourque, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
St. Louis912829
Calgary7121534
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ty Conklin60:00340
Miikka Kiprusoff57:37272
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Eric Furlatt, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Lyle Seitz, Thor Nelson
 
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