Mark Jankowski, Ver­steeg lead Flames to wild 7-4 win over Blues

Ter­a­vainen scores 3 in third as Hurricanes beat Stars

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CAL­GARY: Pa­tience is start­ing to pay off for Mark Jankowski. The rookie had two goals and an as­sist, Kris Ver­steeg scored the win­ner with 5:31 left and the Cal­gary Flames scored five times in the third pe­riod to beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4 on Mon­day night.

The Flames are fi­nally get­ting sec­ondary scor­ing with the line of Jankowski, Jaromir Jagr and Sam Ben­nett lead­ing the way in their third game to­gether. “We’ve got a few games un­der our belts with my two line­mates now and we’re re­ally click­ing,” Jankowski said. “We knew we were get­ting our chances and the goals would come if we kept play­ing that way.”

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

“Big win for us. We knew how good they’ve been play­ing,” Ver­steeg said. Ben­nett scored his first of the sea­son for Cal­gary, and Micheal Fer­land got his fourth goal in four games. Johnny Gau­dreau and Michael Fro­lik also scored as the Flames fin­ished 5-2-0 on their long­est home­s­tand of the sea­son. Gau­dreau had two points to ex­tend his point streak to seven games (five goals, seven as­sists). Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice for St. Louis (13-5-1), and Jaden Schwartz and Alexan­der Steen also scored. “We got what we de­served tonight,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. “We just weren’t ready to play and that was ev­i­dent right from the drop of the puck. We were very for­tu­nate to tie the game up in the third pe­riod on a cou­ple oc­ca­sions - very, very for­tu­nate.”

Ben­nett put the Flames in front 3-2 to open the third-pe­riod bar­rage when his back­hand of Jankowski’s shot slipped through Allen’s pads. Steen tied it at 11:46 and then Fer­land’s power-play goal re­stored Cal­gary’s one-goal lead at 12:31. But 12 sec­onds later, Tarasenko one-timed a pass from Schwartz to tie it again.

“We just played sloppy the whole time. We played into their hands and we were just very care­less,” Blues cen­ter Paul Stastny said. “We did a good job of com­ing back and be­ing re­silient af­ter we let up what was a ques­tion­able goal on the penalty, but we came right back and scored a big goal. Then, just made two care­less turnovers. It was just what we did all night.”

Mike Smith, who has started 16 of Cal­gary’s 17 games this sea­son, left af­ter the first pe­riod with an undis­closed in­jury. Ed­die Lack played the fi­nal 40 min­utes, stop­ping 13 of 15 shots for his first win with the Flames. “It’s just very nice to get that first win,” Lack said. “It’s ob­vi­ously not the way that I thought it was go­ing to be, for sure, and I didn’t play my best game, but I felt I made a huge save when it mat­tered the most there in the third.”

St. Louis had a great chance to tie it with just more than five min­utes left when Lack robbed Dmitrij Jaskin on a back­hand in front. Allen stopped 30 of 36 shots. St Louis opened the scor­ing 3:32 in on its first shot. Colton Parayko crossed the blue line 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 goals to give Cal­gary its first lead of the night. With the teams play­ing four skaters aside, he ham­mered a slap shot over Allen’s glove at 4:54. Jankowski then took a slick pass from Jagr and scored on deke at 13:45.

“Time to tighten up. I think we’re giv­ing them all their op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Blues de­fense­man Alex Pi­etrangelo said. “Most of them are just puck er­rors. Our goalies can only stop so many great op­por­tu­ni­ties.” In Raleigh, Teuvo Ter­a­vainen had a nat­u­ral hat trick in the third pe­riod and an as­sist, lead­ing the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-1 vic­tory over the Dal­las Stars. Se­bas­tian Aho added his first goal of the sea­son and two as­sists, and Jor­dan Staal’s four as­sists gave him 201 with the Hurricanes. Jeff Skin­ner scored the other Carolina goal in the clos­ing sec­onds.

Scott Dar­ling stopped 25 shots in the vic­tory. Alexan­der Radulov scored for Dal­las, which won the pre­vi­ous meet­ing at home 4-3 on Oct. 20. The Stars came out on top in their pre­vi­ous three trips to Raleigh.

Aho’s first goal came in his 14th game of the sea­son, two ear­lier than last sea­son when he fin­ished with 24 goals. Carolina took the lead on a rush at 8:07 of the first pe­riod as Aho beat Ben Bishop through the legs af­ter Staal’s pin­point cen­ter­ing pass from the left wing.

Radulov tied it by work­ing hard in the slot on a power play at 8:44 of the se­cond. But the Hurricanes went ahead again on a power play at 2:39 of the third, with Ter­a­vainen scor­ing on a rocket from the left point. Staal and Aho had as­sists on Carolina’s first power-play goal this month. nTer­a­vainen made it 3-1 at 6:51 from the high slot, get­ting the puck past Bishop with Aho pro­vid­ing a screen. Bishop fin­ished with 23 saves. — AP

We’ve got a few games un­der our belts

CAL­GARY: Sam Ben­nett #93 of the Cal­gary Flames skates with the puck past Scot­tie Up­shall #9 of the St Louis Blues dur­ing an NHL game at Sco­tia­bank Sad­dle­dome in Cal­gary. — AFP

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