Not-so-happy feet

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:12 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Pittsburgh was just one of a half-dozen stops on his ongoing tour through the NHL but Wayne Primeau would have a hard time watching the Penguins leave town.

"It would be tough to see," said Primeau yesterday before his Calgary Flames took the ice against the Blues.

"This year, fans have been coming out in swarms, so to see a team like Pittsburgh not be able to build a rink for their community and then having to move, it'd be sad."

Primeau was part of the Penguins' last playoff appearance -- a Cinderella run that took them to the final four in 2001 before losing to the New Jersey Devils -- and finds it hard to believe the city hasn't reached an agreement to keep the franchise in town.

Mario Lemieux and co-owner Ron Burkle declared an impasse with the city of Pittsburgh Monday and are exploring relocating.

"I'm really shocked," Primeau said, adding he's hopeful the announcement is just a final bargaining ploy.

"They've had a couple of Stanley Cup wins and (the city has) been very fortunate to have the players they've had there. With Lemieux to (Jaromir) Jagr to (Alex) Kovalev to (Sidney) Crosby, (Evgeni) Malkin and (Jordan) Staal now, they've been actually kind of spoiled."

Primeau was a Penguin for parts of three yearss, his debut coming late during the regular season leading up to that exciting 2001 finish.

His current Flames teammate Rhett Warrener was a member of the Buffalo Sabres squad that was stunned in Game 7 of the second round by the Penguins that year. Warrener vividly remembers the turning point of the series.

The Sabres were up a goal in the final minute of Game 6 with the series on the line. Curtis Brown lost a faceoff in the Buffalo zone and the puck went back to the blueline before Brown sprawled out to block a shot.

"It goes about 40 feet in the air," Warrener recalled. "(Goaltender Dominik) Hasek loses it, I'm staring at Hasek thinking he's going to grab it. Puck lands on whose stick? Mr. Magnificent (Lemieux). Me and Hasek are standing there looking at each other, he's shooting it in the open net."

The Penguins went on to win that game in OT and then claimed Game 7 in Buffalo, also in extra time. Warrener has been on the other side of things, too, as his Florida Panthers won Game 7 against Pittsburgh to reach the 1996 Cup final.

Those memories and the tradition that surrounds an NHL franchise are what Warrener would miss most if the Penguins were to find a new home.

"They had one of the greatest players in the world play there and they've probably got one now, so I can't imagine how the city would let something like that slip away. It'd be sad to see," said Warrener.

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GAME OVER

Calgary Flames 4

St. Louis Blues 2

SUN THREE-STARS

1. Alex Tanguay, Flames -- Got the Flames rolling with a powerplay goal.

2. Wayne Primeau, Flames -- A big shorthanded breakaway goal was the winner.

3. Craig Conroy, Flames -- Two goals at key times to snap his slump.

UNSUNG HERO

When the Flames got into penalty trouble, defenceman Robyn Regehr helped his team keep the Blues off the board. He racked up more than five minutes while a man down.

WHY FLAMES WON

Instead of getting upset about being down a pair on the road after the first period, the Flames stuck with it and were eventually rewarded with four straight goals.

BIG GOAL

Wayne Primeau pulled a backhanded deke on a shorthanded breakaway.

HARD HIT

Trying to wake up his teammates on the first shift of the second period, Brad Stuart rocked Lee Stempniak into the glass.

BIG SAVE

Making up for an earlier gaffe, Miikka Kiprusoff got his left pad on a quick tip in front after Glen Metropolit sent a perfect pass across to Dallas Drake in the second period to keep the Blues' lead to 2-0.

FLAMES SCRATCHES

CALGARY -- F Eric Godard, F Marcus Nilson, D David Hale, D Mark Giordano, RW Darren McCarty (hernia), D Richie Regehr (concussion).

BURNING QUESTION

What the heck was Miikka Kiprusoff thinking when he took his eyes off the puck before it was out of his zone on the second goal?

WHAT IT MEANS

The Flames' first two-game winning streak on the road since Remembrance Day.

NOTABLES

Jarome Iginla needs four more assists to pass Kent Nilsson for sixth all-time among Flames.


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