Trio snaps personal Blues

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

The St. Louis Blues might be the ones on the nine-game road trip.

But it was the Calgary Flames who unloaded some excess baggage last night at the Saddledome.

After scoring five goals in their previous four tilts at the 'Dome, the Flames exploded for seven in last night's 7-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

And three players -- Kristian Huselius, Matthew Lombardi and Marcus Nilson -- snapped lengthy goal-less droughts in the rout.

Huselius ended a 20-game skid four seconds after a first-period powerplay expired.

"It's always nice to see it go in," the slick Swede said. "It was a good start for us and a big win."

Huselius was just as happy to see his teammates end prolonged dry spells of their own.

Nilson hadn't scored since Dec. 4, also against St. Louis, until he converted a gorgeous feed from enforcer Eric Godard early in the third period to give the hosts a 5-2 lead.

"It was nice to see the fourth line get one," Huselius said.

"It's always good for the confidence to get those. Godsy made a nice play and Nilson tapped it in."

That ended a personal 12-game drought for Nilson, who had also been a healthy scratch 28 times between goals.

Lombardi's shorthanded breakaway tally put a stop to a 19-tilt stretch without lighting the lamp.

He had been fighting the puck as of late, but you'd never know it by watching last night's highlight-reel beauty.

He took a pass from Alex Tanguay, blew past the Blues defence and made a great one-handed deke to the short side on backup 'tender Hannu Toivonen.

"It feels good," said Lombardi, who turns 26 a week from today.

"I've been getting a lot of chances but it just hasn't been going in.

"But we had a lot of guys chipping in tonight."

Lombardi, who scored his 11th -- and second in his last 31 outings -- said it was just a matter of time before his club filled the net.

"We know we can score," he said. "You go through different parts of the season, the ups and downs, and you can't score five or six goals every game. But we have confidence in this group. Guys can put the puck in the net and we have a lot of depth."

The Flames' second-biggest offensive outburst of the season put the squad back atop the Northwest Division standings as it prepares to the hit the road for a four-game road trip.

And Lombardi said it's comforting to leave the 'Dome looking down on the rest of the division.

"We have to stick with it," Lombardi said. "It's going to be a real tough schedule coming up. Most of the teams we're playing, besides this road trip, are divisional teams so, it's in our hands so we can control it."


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