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Finishing touches

STEVE MACFARLANE

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Thinking he had scored his side's first goal in the second period, Michael Cammalleri started to raise his arms in celebration.

He was hoping no one noticed.

Chris Mason slid across the crease in time to make the save on that play, but Cammalleri got the last laugh as he sniped one past the St. Louis Blues goaltender in overtime to complete the Calgary Flames comeback in a 4-3 victory at Scottrade Center.

"It was nice to get the winner, that's for sure," said Cammalleri, who was thinking pass the whole way down his off-wing with captain Jarome Iginla heading to the net.

But the Blues ganged up on Iginla, who'd already scored a key goal on the powerplay in the third period to help spark the comeback, and so Cammalleri switched to his backup plan.

"Option two for me is shoot it when I can't get it to him," he said. "So that was it, I just tried to shoot it as hard as I could."

It snuck past Mason, unlike the earlier attempt that was haunting him.

"Mosser (David Moss) made a hell of a pass. I didn't really make an effective shot," he said of the change-up that nearly squeaked through the goalie's pads.

"Sometimes, when you fan on it, the goalie overreacts and it goes five-hole. That's what I thought looked like might happen there.

"I thought it still might trickle in."

Down 3-1 after two periods thanks to a deadly Blues powerplay that featured a couple of pretty passing plays between Brad Boyes and Patrik Berglund, the Flames finally caught up in the third with a pair of goals on their own man-advantages.

Iginla made it 3-1 thanks to a nifty setup from Todd Bertuzzi, who controlled the puck behind the net and lasered it to his captain in the slot.

Moss tied the game at 5:19, deflecting Dion Phaneuf's shot from the blueline off the inside of the post and past Mason for his seventh of the season.

The mood in the room after the game was much different than it was before the final period. Only Rene Bourque had found the back of the net to that point, and the Flames fired just two shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes.

David Backes opened the scoring for the Blues at the 13:50 mark of the first frame and Berglund gave the hosts a 2-0 lead before the break.

"We didn't get off to the start we wanted. We talked about it, about how we had to just keep pushing, work through the bounces that weren't going our way or the plays we weren't making, and just keep positive and keep pushing forward," said Phaneuf, who assisted on all four Flames goals.

"We did that, and it was a huge win for our team to come back like that."

One downer is the loss of winger Brandon Prust, who's out indefinitely thanks to a broken jaw from an open-ice collision with Cam Janssen.


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