The Calgary Flames were once again able to get off to a nice start by scoring first and getting out to the early lead, but once again they were unable to sustain any momentum from it and fell to the St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-2.
Curtis Glencross opened the scoring with his second goal in as many games at 8:03 of the first period and the Flames appeared to be on their way to a solid road effort. However, the goal did very little in sparking the club who went on to post a measly 17 shots on St. Louis netminder Jaroslav Halak.
Alex Steen scored with a little over a minute remaining in the opening frame and from there the Blues took complete control of the game. In the second period, defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo both saw their shots elude Calgary goalie Henrik Karlsson giving the Blues a two-goal lead. Calgary quickly replied on Jarome Iginla’s power-play marker putting the Flames within a goal entering the third period, but much like was the case early in the game, Calgary squandered any momentum they might have had coming off the captain’s goal.
Chris Stewart split the Calgary defense on a nice solo rush just three minutes into the third to restore the Blues two-goal cushion. With very little restraint offered the rest of the period, Jason Arnott finished off the scoring and the Flames with his second goal of the young season making for a not-so-happy Thanksgiving Day for Flames fans.
The Flames were outshot by a 35 to 17 margin and dropped to 0-2 to start the season for the first time in thee years, while the Blues bounced back from their opening night defeat to pick up their first victory of the year. 0-2 aside, it was the way in which they lost the two games that has Iginla and company upset.
“It’s disappointing, but I think more than just a win, we need to find our game and to get our compete level up,” the captain said. “Tonight, we got outcompeted and outworked. So it’s more than just the 0-2. We just need to find our game.” -Associated Press
Much was made about coach Brent Sutter’s decision to start back-up Henrik Karlsson in favour of Mikka Kiprusoff who rarely gets games off, especially after having a day of rest between games. “Kiprusoff’s not going to play 75 games this year because that’s what you guy’s expect from him,” Sutter told reporters after the game.“He’s not going to play that much this year and we want to get Karl going right off the bat here. Our goal going into this was Kipper was going to play the first game and Karl was going to play the second game and that’s what we did.”
Calgary will take to the road again with their next action coming on Thursday in La Belle Province against the Canadiens; a game that presents the Flames with a major challenge as it will be Montreal’s home opener in front of the usual raucous fans at the Bell Centre.