Kyrou scores twice as St. Louis Blues hand Calgary Flames fifth straight loss
CALGARY — Jordan Kyrou scored twice on Friday as the St. Louis Blues secured three straight wins in a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.
Ivan Barbashev and Pavel Buchnevich had two point games for St. Louis (15-15-1) with one goal and one assist each. Brandon Saad also scored.
Connor Mackey scored both goals for Calgary (13-12-6), who are winless in their last five (0-2-3), and received boos from the home crowd as the final buzzer sounded. Dillon Dube and Elias Lindholm each had two assists.
Thomas Greiss made 40 saves to win his fourth game in his last five starts for the Blues. He’s 4-4-0 on the season.
At the other end, Jacob Markstrom had 18 stops. His record falls to 8-8-4.
St. Louis was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes and went ahead with 3:08 of the second lead on the power play.
Just seconds after Dube and Andrew Mangiapane failed to score in a dangerous two-for-one attack, St. Louis came back on the ice with a three-point passing sequence that was crowned by Kyrou putting a shot over Markstrom’s goal shoulder for his 12th goal of the season.
Still going 2-1 into the third goal, St. Louis took a 2-goal lead when Buchnevich had a gap in defensive cover to get unimpeded into the net at 3:46 and he fired a shot into the goalpost.
The Flames briefly returned to the game when Mackey scored his second goal of the night at 7:40 a.m., punching Greiss over his glove after being set up by Dube.
St. Louis restored their two-goal lead just 78 seconds later thanks to a poor rally from Mackey, who threw the puck midway behind his net, where it was intercepted by Saad, who capitalized and scored his seventh goal scored this season.
A minute later it was Kyrou again, this time his shot deflecting the skate of Flames defender Mackenzie Weegar.
The goal was Kyrou’s team-leading 13th of the year.
A pivotal moment of the game came in the second period when the Blues took a 2-1 lead. Three straight penalties in St. Louis put the Flames on the power play for almost six minutes — including a 22-second two-man lead — but Calgary couldn’t create any dangerous chances against the league’s worst penalty.
St. Louis’ penalty shootout is not only the league’s worst penalty at 67.1 percent, it would also go down as the worst in NHL history if they ended the season that way. The 1979-80 LA Kings have the worst PK of all time at 68.2 percent.
The Flames were 0-for-3 with man advantage on Friday while the Blues went 1-for-2.
St. Louis opened the scoring at 4:07 in the game and benefited from a turnover in the offensive zone by Elias Lindholm, leading to a 2-on-1 with Robert Thomas and Barbashev burying the back pass for just his second goal in his last 16 games.
Calgary leveled it 1-1 at 4:01 p.m. when Dube’s shot was deflected off Mackey.
The assist gives Dube nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last 10 games, leading the team.
Dube was on a new line for the game when Darryl Sutter turned over his top six left wingers. Dube joined Lindholm and Tyler Toffoli and Jonathan Huberdeau dropped to play alongside Nazem Kadri and Mangiapane.
sing the blues
The Flames continue to go head-to-head against St. Louis, who have gone 7-1-0 in their last eight games. The Blues have enjoyed their visits to southern Alberta and have won five of their last six games in Calgary.
Mackey’s two goals were the second and third of his career, but first in front of a crowd as his only other came in an empty Saddledome in the final game of the 2020-21 season due to COVID restrictions. Connor’s father Dave spent his last three NHL seasons from 1991-1994 with the Blues.
Blues: A five-game road trip continues Monday against the Vancouver Canucks.
Flames: Start a four-game road trip in California on Sunday with the first of two straight games against the San Jose Sharks.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on December 16, 2022.
Darren Haynes, The Canadian Press