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Staios solution to scoring woes?

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:59 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Maybe Steve Staios was the tonic for the Calgary Flames scoring woes.

Even if he’s a defensive defenceman.

When Staios arrived at the trade deadline from the Edmonton Oilers, the Flames had an offence as dry as the Sahara Desert.

In two games, he’s witnessed the Flames rack up a pair of victories in which they scored five times, including Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

“I hope that continues. That would be great,” Staios said. “The type of goals we get and the team we are, we have big bodies and play a tough game in front of their net, and then we have a guy like Jarome Iginla, who can break open a game at any point. We’re just trying to put together a good 60 minutes.”

Iginla may have been the man of the hour for his offensive exploits in a three-goal, four-point performance Sunday — along with Rene Bourque’s four-point outing — but Staios showed he can chip in, too.

His point shot was deflected by Bourque to open the scoring just 19 seconds into the Wild victory.

Staios also had a golden scoring chance of his own midway through the second period. He joined Jarome Iginla to create a two-on-one rush and received the pass but hit the post with his offering.

“It was as perfect of a pass as I’ve got,” said Staios, who hasn’t scored in 80 games.

“I tried to settle it down just for a second and missed it. It’s nice to know when you jump up like that, he can thread the needle and put it on your tape.

“He was nice to me.

I deserved a bit of razzing after hitting the post on that play.”

The forte Staios was expected to bring to the Flames was shot-blocking, and he showed that, too, although nearly to his demise.

He blocked three shots against the Wild, one of which was Cam Barker’s blast that sent the puck into his ribs.

Staios has a welt to show for it but didn’t miss a shift.

That makes it the second time in just two games with the Flames he’s somehow managed to avoid serious injury when it appeared he could be badly hurt.

In his debut a few nights ago against New Jersey, Staios was chasing down Ilya Kovalchuk when the Devils forward lost his footing. Instead of potentially plastering the sniper, Staios went over Kovalchuk and landed face-first into the boards.

That actually made the puck in the ribs easier to take.

“It just stung a little bit,” he shrugged.


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