Blues 5, Flames 2

The save of the season might have been made by a rookie starting

his second game in the NHL.

It was one of 30 stops for Blues goalie Jake Allen as St. Louis

beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Friday night.

The play that had the Scotiabank Saddledome sellout crowd

buzzing and was up on YouTube not long after was Allen’s stop

against T.J. Brodie halfway through the first period.

Looking to cut into a 2-0 deficit, Calgary burst into the Blues

end on an odd-man rush and, in a slick display of passing, Jiri

Hudler sent the puck to Alex Tanguay in the slot, who promptly

zipped it back to Hudler. He quickly fired it back across to

Brodie, who was breaking in on an open net.

”I saw the guy out of the corner of my eye and it was

desperation. I didn’t have much of a chance so I just threw my

stick out there and fortunately enough for me, it hit it and it

popped right up so I could catch it right away, too,” said the

22-year-old Allen, who looked nonchalant the whole way.

”I took a deep breath after that. It’s one of those saves that

you thank the hockey gods for and it was a big boost for us as we

got two more goals after that.”

The stunning save left an exasperated Brodie shaking his head in

disbelief.

”Unbelievable. Probably the best save of the year and

impressive that he did that in his second NHL game,” said David

Perron, who scored twice for St. Louis. ”We all thought it’s going

to be a goal and then it’s not. Wow, we thought, we owe him one

right there.”

Allen said he expects his cellphone to be buzzing for a

while.

”I’m sure I’ll get a few texts from my buddies back home. But

it was a big stop, probably one of the luckier ones I’ve ever made.

But sometimes it’s good to be lucky,” he said.

With Jaroslav Halak ailing and Brian Elliott struggling, Allen

got his second straight start and made it back-to-back wins in his

young NHL career.

”This is now five periods of really strong hockey. Moving

forward, we’ll see if he gets another start and if he does,

hopefully he can continue to play the same way,” Blues coach Ken

Hitchcock said. ”But we need Halak back. He’s a heck of a goalie

and we need to get him back and running here. He’s going to

practice full with the team tomorrow and then we’ll see where he’s

at.”

Rookie Jaden Schwartz had his first goal of the season, while

Patrik Berglund and Alex Steen also scored for St. Louis. After

going winless in five games, the Blues have won two in a row and

will try to make it a perfect three-game road trip when they play

Vancouver on Sunday.

Dennis Wideman and Curtis Glencross scored for Calgary, which

lost in regulation for the first time in four games. The Flames

head out on a short road trip to face Dallas on Sunday and Phoenix

on Monday.

The Flames tried to fight back in the second period, outshooting

the Blues 15-5 and getting a goal from Wideman on the power play.

Glencross scored 2:46 into the third to make it 4-2, but Perron

scored again on the power play less than 2 minutes later.

”We dug ourselves a really big hole against a very good hockey

team,” Wideman said. ”Anytime you spot a team like that four

goals in the first, it’s not going to be too many times you’re

going to be able to come back on them.”

Joey MacDonald took over in net for Flames starter Leland Irving

just more than 4 minutes into the game after St. Louis scored on

two of its first four shots.

In his Flames debut, the 33-year-old finished with 18 saves

while taking the loss.

Calgary started fast Wednesday with a 4-1 lead after the first

period in a 7-4 win over Dallas, but the opposite happened against

the Blues.

”Offensively, we had everything going that game but we gave

Dallas a lot of chances and our goalies played well,” Wideman

said. ”We gave St. Louis the same amount of chances and they

buried every opportunity and that was the big difference.”

St. Louis finished 2 for 4 on the power play. It was the eighth

consecutive game the Blues have connected with the extra man, going

an impressive 12 for 32 during that stretch.

Calgary, which entered the night with the league’s second-best

power play, went 1 for 4.

”We shouldn’t even be talking about our goalies tonight. We

just didn’t give them a chance,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said.

”We handed them the game. A couple of bad turnovers in the first

period in our zone, giveaways, and that’s a team simply too deep in

talent to give them point-blank shots. We fought back, but the

damage was done.”

NOTES: Attendance was 19,289. … Schwartz’s father was at the

game. … The Blues announced that RW Jamie Langenbrunner had

successful hip surgery. The 37-year-old is out for the season. …

Iginla played in career game No. 1,200. … Flames D Jay

Bouwmeester extended his iron man streak to 600 games. It is the

NHL’s longest active streak. Doug Jarvis holds the all-time mark of

964 games. … Calgary D Anton Babchuk made his season debut.