Blues can’t snap Flames’ home streak

Blues can’t snap Flames’ home streak

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Calgary Flames' Roman Cervenka, centre, from the Czech Republic, celebrates his goal with teammates Alex Tanguay, left, and Curtis Glencross during first period NHL hockey action against the St. Louis Blues in Calgary, Alberta, Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 24 at 9:21 PM

(HockeyStL) -- Even with the Calgary Flames sitting outside the playoffs, the Scotiabank Saddledome has become a nightmare to play for the traveling team. The St. Louis Blues would have to agree after falling 3-2 to the Flames on Sunday.

The Blues couldn’t solve a strong performance from Miikka Kiprusoff, who stopped 36 of 38 shots, and couldn’t take advantage of four power play attempts. As a result, the Flames won their seventh consecutive game at home.

Calgary took advantage of mistakes after a quiet start to the game that saw little action until Roman Cervenka put a wrist shot past Jaroslav Halak in the middle of the first period. Cervenka would add another goal in the second period after T.J. Oshie turned the puck over at his own blue line.

Nearing the end of the second period, Oshie sought redemption for his mistake by putting a wrist shot past Kiprusoff to trim the Flames’ lead 2-1.

Coming off of a strong second period which saw St. Louis outshoot Calgary 19-4, the Blues tied the game with a goal from Vladimir Sobotka early in the third period.

But when things are going well for you, well, it can be hard to beat.

Wade Redden made a great diving stop on Jarome Iginla’s breakaway late in the third period, but Iginla stayed with the play and somehow slid the puck from a bad angle past Halak for the eventual game winner.

It was the first time the Flames won seven-straight games at home since January 2012. Their last home loss came against the Los Angeles Kings on February 20.

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