Blues 4, Flames 3

BY foxsports • December 17, 2009

T.J. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal with 4:58 to play, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Tuesday night for only their sixth victory in 18 home games.

David Backes had a goal and assisted on Oshie's sixth goal for the Blues, who beat the NHL's top road team after honoring Brett Hull on his recent Hockey Hall of Fame induction in a pregame ceremony.

The Blues have honored Hull twice, but the first wasn't a complete success. St. Louis was beaten 5-1 by the Detroit Red Wings in December 2006 in the final game before coach Mike Kitchen was fired.

Rene Bourque had a goal and assist for the Flames, who have lost three straight one-goal decisions. Calgary is 11-5-3 on the road with an NHL-leading 25 points. All five regulation losses have been by one goal.

Andy McDonald and Alex Steen snapped goal droughts of 14 and 12 games for the Blues, who also got two assists from Brad Boyes. The Blues are 6-10-2 at home and blew a 3-0 lead in a 5-3 loss to Edmonton on Friday.

Oshie scored his second winning goal of the season on a rush, beating backup goalie Curtis McElhinney from the slot off a feed from Paul Kariya.

Daymond Langkow's power-play goal early in the second ended a string of 10 consecutive penalty kills by St. Louis. Calgary took its first lead when Dustin Boyd scored from the slot midway through the period. The Blues tied it at 3 on Steen's power-play goal at 17:23, with the puck apparently deflecting off Langkow's stick in front.

Backes scored his third goal in two games to open the scoring, and McDonald sped around Robyn Regehr and scored with just over a minute to go in the first period to give the Blues their second lead.

Bourque scored his 10th goal and third in four games midway through the period after Dion Phaneuf's backhand feed across the crease.

NOTES: Flames D Jay Bouwmeester played in his 375th consecutive game, the NHL's longest current streak. ... Blues F Cam Janssen, who attempted to set the tone with an early fight against Brandon Prust, had been a healthy scratch the previous five games. ... Flames captain Jarome Iginla entered the night tied for 10th in the NHL with 17 goals, but has been held to four assists in seven games. ... Attendance of 19,150 was the Blues' 12th sellout.



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