By Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer
The St. Louis Blues continued their strong start on Saturday night with a victory over the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. The victory concluded the team’s week long trip to Canada and also snapped the Blues two game winless streak. It was Blues forward David Perron who provided the necessary spark during the game.
Perron, who had a slow start to the season after returning to the St. Louis Blues during the offseason, was the difference maker in the game. He opened up by scoring a tip-in goal from teammate Robby Fabri on a power play in the first period. The goal gave the Blues a 1-0 lead after one period and going into the first intermission.
Calgary was able to tie the game up at 1-1 with a goal from Kris Versteeg just over two minutes after the start of the period. Former Blue and an important piece from St. Louis’ playoff run from last year, Troy Brouwer, assisted on the breakaway that led to the game-tying goal. The Flames took the lead a short time later on a goal by Micheal Ferland.
St. Louis was able to tie the game up with Perron’s second goal of the game as he was able to flip up his own rebound over Calgary’s goalie, Chad Johnson. Paul Stastny put St. Louis ahead with just under eight minutes remaining in the second period. Stastny was able to tip in an Alexander Steen pass for his third goal of the season.
A short time later, it was winger Patrik Berglund who put home a beautiful pass from St. Louis newcomer Nail Yakupov with 1:44 left in the second to give St. Louis a 4-2 lead. The score would remain the same as the period ended.
Perron was able to finish off his third career hat trick at the 6:50 mark in the final period. He took a Vladimir Tarasenko breakaway pass and lifted a backhanded shot over Johnson’s right pad to make it 5-2.
However, St. Louis started to become a little lenient in the final period and Calgary was able to get back into the game. It was veteran Mark Giordano that netted his first goal of the season on a steaming slap shot from the high slot past goalie Jake Allen to cut the lead to 5-4. Versteeg added his second of the game a few minutes later on a shot through heavy traffic with just under five minutes remaining.
With Calgary down by one, the Flames decided to pull their goalie in the final minutes. Veteran winger and alternate captain for the Blues, Alexander Steen, scored his second goal of the season with an empty netter. The goal sealed the victory for St. Louis as they went on to win by a final score of 6-4.
Although it wasn’t the game goalie Jake Allen was hoping for, it was a great win for the Blues as they improved to 4-1-1. The Blues come home for a nice three game set.