CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 28: Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames makes one of his 29 saves against Chris Stewart #25 of the St Louis Blues on October 28, 2011 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
The Blues are now on top of the Central Division again after they beat the Flames, 3-1, thanks to a lack of shots from Calgary and St. Louis' veterans stepping up.
As of late, the Flames have started hot in games until they, well, flame out. Monday night, it started just over five minutes in the first period when Curtis Glencross scored his first goal since returning from injury and his 19th of the season.
After an early scrap between both teams' no. 26's, Calgary earned a power play and were starting to take advantage of the Blues' sloppy defense, but after a sloppy forecheck, an odd-man rush going back the other way caught the Flames' defense off guard and David Backes banked in the tying goal on an exhausted-looking Miikka Kiprusoff. The Blues' goal came after the Flames did not take a shot for 14 minutes -- since Glencross scored.
With 40 seconds remaining in the first, the Blues were able to use a screen on their usually inept power play to take the lead via a slap shot from Jason Arnott. The game got chippy toward the end of the second and the third, but the Blues finally put on a killer instinct with Arnott striking again on the power play for the 3-1 dagger.
After the Nashville Predators' big day on the trade deadline to further bolster their team and their win over the Los Angeles Kings, it helps the Blues to keep winning, as after Monday's win, St. Louis moved all the way back up to first place in the Central Division, trumping the Detroit Wings.
With the Colorado Avalanche jumping ahead of Calgary after the Avs' win and Anaheim Ducks' win putting them four points back of the eighth seed, the Flames were in a more dire situation, as they are now winless in four straight.