Flames light up Blues

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - DAR­REN HAYNES

CAL­GARY Mark Jankowski had two goals and an as­sist and Kris Ver­steeg scored the win­ner as the Cal­gary Flames beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4 on Mon­day.

In a wild third pe­riod that saw Cal­gary take a lead twice only to see the Blues come back to tie it each time, the Flames fi­nally went in front for good at 14:29 when Ver­steeg’s shot off the wing beat Jake Allen.

Sam Ben­nett scored his first of the sea­son for Cal­gary (107-0), Micheal Fer­land had his fourth goal in as many games and Johnny Gau­dreau and Michael Fro­lik added emp­tynet­ter as the Flames fin­ished 5-2-0 on their sea­son-long home­s­tand. They open a sixgame road trip on Wed­nes­day in Detroit.

Gau­dreau had two points to ex­tend his point streak to seven games (five goals, seven as­sists).

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a pair for St. Louis (13-5-1) and Jaden Schwartz and Alexan­der Steen also scored.

Ben­nett put the Flames in front 3-2 to open the third­pe­riod bar­rage when his back­hand of a Jankowski shot slipped through Allen’s pads.

Steen tied it at 11:46 then Fer­land’s power play goal re­stored Cal­gary’s one-goal lead at 12:31. But 12 sec­onds later, Tarasenko one-timed a Schwartz pass to tie it again.

Flames goal­tender Mike Smith, who has started 16 of Cal­gary’s 17 games this sea­son, had to leave af­ter the first pe­riod with an undis­closed in­jury.

Ed­die Lack played the fi­nal 40 min­utes, stop­ping 13 of 15 shots for his first win as a Flame.

Allen, who faced 36 shots, took the loss.

St. Louis opened the scor­ing at 3:32 on its first shot. Colton Parayko crossed the blue­line and dropped the puck to Tarasenko, who beat Smith from 40 feet on a high wrist shot over his blocker.

Jankowski scored the next two to give Cal­gary its first lead of the night.

CP PHOTO JEFF MCIN­TOSH

St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen, left, looks back as Cal­gary Flames' Cur­tis Lazar cel­e­brates his team's goal dur­ing third pe­riod NHL hockey ac­tion in Cal­gary Mon­day.

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