Blues rivalry gets nastier

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

As if there wasn't already enough bad blood between the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues.

Last night's chippy, boring, and low-scoring contest has settled nothing.

In fact, they just added another level of nasty for their last meeting of the season in March as the Flames squeaked out a 3-1 win over the Blues with a couple of goals in the final few minutes of the fight fest.

Rough stuff isn't Michael Cammalleri's strong suit, but he didn't mind it at all.

"I love it. I think we're the wrong team to engage with when it comes to that," said Cammalleri, who used skill to snipe a pair of goals on the night.

"I like our chances, that's for sure. This is the toughest team I've played on."

The Flames have been trying for a month to make Cam Janssen pay with punches for his questionable hit on Brandon Prust in early December.

Failing to really exact any real revenge in that department despite three scraps between Flames and the Blues agitator in their last two meetings, they drew a little blood on the powerplay last night with Janssen in the box for a similar hit on Andre Roy in the opening period.

Roy and Janssen dropped gloves a couple minutes into the game.

With time running down in the first period and his Blues enjoying a 1-0 lead on Dan Hinote's fluky goal, Janssen took a run at Roy in open ice, catching him hard and high, leaving his feet on the late hit that drew two minutes for interference but could just as easily have been a charge.

Cammalleri made him pay with a perfect wrist shot over Chris Mason's shoulder 23 seconds into the powerplay.

"I'm glad we scored on that," said Roy. "I told him not to try that with me. He's done it with Prustie already with a hit like that. I probably would have tried to fight him (but) I hurt my shoulder a little."

As happy as he was his shoulder ailment seems to be minor, Roy said Janssen is the lucky one.

"I'm glad for him that he didn't hurt me more, because I wouldn't accept that. I probably would have snapped and went cuckoo like I usually do when I get hit dirty ... If you're going to leave your feet, you better expect something in return."

Coach Mike Keenan said the league should review that hit, which he felt was a deliberate attempt to injure Roy.

There wasn't even a penalty on the hit that put Prust out for a couple of months.

Karma did catch up to the Blues in the third period when David Moss' pass to the top of the crease went in off a sliding Jay McKee to give the Flames a 2-1 lead with less than four minutes in regulation.

"That was indicative (of the game)," said Moss, who was credited with his 14th of the season on the broken play. "It was pretty ugly but we'll take the two points."

Seeing Moss' goal go in must also have made Curtis Glencross happy. He accidentally put the puck in his own net to hand the Blues their only goal of the night after Hinote's shot was turned aside by Miikka Kiprusoff.

Cammalleri's tying goal came exactly a minute later.

"He said to our powerplay right before we went out there, 'Get that one back for us.' We were able to, so that was nice," said Cammalleri, who scored the Flames' third goal with 2:51 to play.


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