One of the two young goaltenders in Friday’s game between the Blues and the Calgary Flames lasted only a few shots. The other has the memory of a save that will last a lot longer.
Calgary’s Leeland Irving exited the game after being touched for two goals on four shots. The Blues’ Jake Allen followed up with the “Save of the Season,” sparking the Blues to a 5-2 victory over the Flames at the Saddledome.
After ending their five-game losing streak in Detroit, the Blues have back-to-back road wins and a chance to sweep the three-game trip when they play Sunday in Vancouver.
Jaden Schwartz, Patrik Berglund, Alex Steen and David Perron scored for the Blues in a four-goal first period that set the tone for the rest of the game. The Flames cut the Blues’ lead to 4-2 in the third period, but Perron answered with his second goal of the game to close out the team’s eighth victory.
“I think the win in Detroit kind of got us some momentum coming in here,” Schwartz said. “We had a great first period. Four goals in the first period — you don’t see that a lot. They had a good push at the end, but we were able to hold on.”
The Blues entered the game with a couple of question marks. David Backes has an injured groin and was a game-time decision. Alex Steen missed the morning skate with flu symptoms. Both dressed against the Flames, giving the Blues their full arsenal.
And the arsenal showed up in the first period.
The line of Berglund, Schwartz and Chris Stewart has come on strong lately, and they were at it again Friday, scoring two goals within the opening 4 minutes, 7 seconds.
Schwartz’s first goal of the season was made possible by an alert read by Steen to jump up and keep the puck in the offensive zone. He quickly fed Schwartz, who deked Irving and stuffed the puck in the net for a 1-0 lead.
Allen comes up big in Blues victory
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Feb 16