On the road to recovery

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- The Calgary Flames looked like they were in trouble.

Their goaltender was shaky, their offence couldn't finish and they were facing a red-hot St. Louis Blues team.

Despite a strong start, the Flames found themselves staring at a two-goal deficit as time ticked down in the second period.

And as we all know, good things haven't happened often for the Flames away from home this season.

Then the light finally went on, literally, and the visitors pulled off a 4-2 comeback victory at Scottrade Center last night to earn their first two-game winning streak on the road since November.

Alex Tanguay lit the lamp with his team's last shot in the second period and Craig Conroy did the same on their first attempt in the third to tie the game 2-2.

Wayne Primeau then streaked up the ice while shorthanded and beat Curtis Sanford with a deke to the backhand.

Primeau's 10th of the season stood as the winner.

Tanguay was impressed.

"He's got longer arms than the goalie's got legs," he said of Primeau.

"He made a great move."

Kiprusoff had a rocky start and, for once, it was his teammates bailing him out.

The win was Kiprusoff's 99th as a Flame.

The Blues grabbed a 1-0 lead when Brad Boyes won a battle in the corner against Roman Hamrlik and found Petr Cajanek sneaking into the slot uncovered. He beat Kiprusoff with a quick shot to the short side.

The netminder was caught napping when a clearing attempt went awry and Radek Dvorak was given a gift 60-ft. out on the turnover.

Kiprusoff thought it was cleared, took his eyes off the puck and then jumped when he realized the puck went past him and into the net.

With the Flames' psyche on the road already in a fragile state, a 2-0 deficit was exactly what they needed to avoid.

"I really don't want to talk about it," Kiprusoff joked after the game, taking full responsibility for that second goal.

"My goal, bad goal, but it's a good thing we scored four and got two points, so it really doesn't matter right now."

A huge save on Dallas Drake in the second period to keep the Blues from mounting a three-goal gap made up for the error and Kiprusoff's teammates were excited to return the favour.

"I looked up, four shots, two goals, uh oh, it's one of those nights," said Conroy, who added the insurance goal late in the third. "Then I thought Miikka played outstanding the rest of the way."

The Flames upped their winning streak to five games heading into Nashville tomorrow night (6 p.m., Sportsnet) .

"You want to build on that," said Conroy of the wins in Edmonton and St. Louis.

"To lose tonight would have set us back."

Iginla had three assists to give him a career-best 45 on the season.


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