Iginla had three assists, including Wayne Primeau’s go-ahead goal on a short-handed breakaway early in the third period, in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
Iginla may not realize just how big a hand he had in setting up Primeau’s goal.
Primeau used some second-hand advice from the Flames’ captain, whose locker is next door, on his breakaway. Primeau overheard Iginla say if he got a break he’d try to deke Blues goalie Curtis Sanford and go to the backhand, and had an empty net as a result.
“I was eavesdropping a little bit and just thought I’d try it,” Primeau said. “It’s a good feeling to score to help the team win, that’s the biggest bonus.”
Petr Cajanek and Radek Dvorak scored on two of the Blues’ first four shots, but Miikka Kiprusoff stopped the last 15 to help the Flames win their fifth in a row with a rare road victory. The Blues had won four in a row at home, their best stretch since a five-game run from Nov. 4-25, 2003.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think we deserved to win,” coach Andy Murray said. “We got what we deserved.”
The Flames are 9-15-8 on the road after entering the game tied with Florida for the fewest road points in the NHL. Calgary, the Stanley Cup runner-up in 2003-04, was tied for sixth with Dallas in the Western Conference.
“It’s really important at this time of the year that you find a way to get points on the road,” coach Jim Playfair said. “We did the job we had to do.”
Sanford stopped Calgary’s first 21 shots before Alex Tanguay’s power-play goal on a one-timer from the left side of the net with 45.1 seconds to go in the second period. Craig Conroy, who piled up two goals and an assist in the third period, tied it at 36 seconds of the third with his first goal in eight games on a wrist shot from the left circle.
“You get that power-play goal, there’s a lot of life,” Conroy said. “You feel, ‘OK, you’ve kind of broke his bubble, and let’s go get another one.”‘
The Flames caught Eric Brewer pinching on the go-ahead goal, taking advantage of the defenceman’s halfhearted pursuit of the puck along the boards to spring Primeau at 6:34. Conroy added his 10th goal on a 3-on-2 break, converting a pass from Iginla.
“Eric Brewer was up front and needed to be harder on the puck,” Murray said.
Kiprusoff is 6-0-1 in his last seven starts against the Blues, including a shutout on Nov. 14. He shut the door despite some shaky saves.
“Kipper made some huge saves to get our feet under us,” Iginla said. “We starting drawing some power plays and it started shifting.”
Cajanek scored on the Blues’ first shot, a one-timer from close range at 3:22, and Dvorak made it 2-0 at 9:36, despite Calgary’s 9-4 shot advantage. Dvorak’s shot seemed to surprise Kiprusoff, who didn’t react until the puck was sliding past him.
“You take a look at their lineup and they’ve got guys with Stanley Cup rings,” Sanford said. “We know there’s no giving up in that room and we certainly didn’t respond.”
Notes: The Flames are 3-15-4 when trailing after two periods. The Blues are 17-3-4 when leading after two. … The Blues are 2-1-1 since dealing their top two scorers, Keith Tkachuk and Bill Guerin, at the trade deadline. … Iginla has three goals and six assists in five games.