NEXT GAME: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS AT FLAMES, 8 P.M., TV: TSN, RADIO: FAN 960
SUN THREE STARS:
1. Lee Stempniak, Blues. Scored the tying goal and the shootout winner.
2. Curtis Sanford, Blues. Made 31 saves to stop the Flames in their tracks.
3. Jay McClement, Blues. Got the Blues first goal and one in the shootout.
Down 2-0, Jay McClement undressed Flames D Andrew Ference and beat G Miikka Kiprusoff short-side to wake up the Blues.
After Blues goalie Curtis Sanford stopped Tony Amonte's shot, the long rebound came to Kristian Huselius, who wired a top-shelf shot. However, Sanford got just enough of the puck to make it ring off the crossbar.
Blues D Christian Backman logged 29 minutes 38 seconds ono the ice and was a plus-1.
Blues captain Dallas Drake was standing at arm's length from the boards while reaching for the puck in the corner, a big no-no. He paid for it when Dion Phaneuf came in and splattered him into the boards with a bone-crusher of a check.
Dion Phaneuf and Barret Jackman dropped the gloves at the end of the second period. Since Phaneuf landed the only real punches, we'll give him the decision.
CALGARY -- D Roman Hamrlik suffered a broken hand and is out indefinitely. He joins D Bryan Marchment (knee) and C Byron Ritchie (knee) on the shelf. C Jason Wiemer was the lone scratch.
BLUES -- Neither C Mike Zigomanis or RW Jesse Boulerice made it in time after being traded from Carolina. C Trent Whitfield was sat. LW Keith Tkachuk (hand), D Matt Walker (knee), D Eric Brewer (shoulder), G Jason Bacashihua (shoulder), RW Jeff Hoggan (collarbone) and D Bryce Salvador (shoulder) couldn't go.
What explains that kind of effort against a 30th-place team?
WHAT IT MEANS:
Three-point edge on Vancouver in the Northwest Division race.