Game Report: Blues 6, Flames 4

By Nicholas Hand

David Perron’s third career hat trick propelled the Blues past the Flames on Saturday night in Calgary. Perron helped rejuvenate the Blues after a rough goaltending performance from Jake Allen, who was fighting the puck throughout the night.

Paul Stastny, Patrik Berglund, and Alexander Steen also scored for the Blues as the club improved to 4-1-1 on the season.

Perron started the scoring with a power play goal at 6:04 of the first period. Robby Fabbri directed a shot pass to Perron, who redirected the puck into the net past Flames’ goaltender Chad Johnson. Alex Pietrangelo also assisted on the only goal of the period.

Calgary responded with two goals in 35 seconds in the opening minutes of the second period. Kris Versteeg buried a pass from former Blue Troy Brouwer at 2:21.

Michael Ferland was gifted a goal at 2:56 when a weak backhander escaped the catching glove of Allen.

Perron evened the score at 2-2 with a terrific play in front of the net corralling the puck and burying it past Johnson at 6:22. Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester assisted on the goal.

A four-minute double minor penalty to Flames captain Mark Giordano set up Stastny’s third goal of the season at 12:08. Stastny deflected a Steen one-timer past Johnson for a 3-2 lead.

Kevin Shattenkirk also assisted on the goal, which required video review after the referee incorrectly ruled on the ice that the puck hit the crossbar. Replays clearly showed that the puck completely entered and quickly exited the net after hitting the in-net camera.

The Blues extended the lead on Berglund’s first goal of the season following a shifty move entering the offensive zone by Nail Yakupov creating a partial break in which he passed the puck across the crease to Berglund for a half-open net with just 1:44 remaining in the middle frame.

Perron completed the hat trick at 6:50 of the third period set up by Vladimir Tarasenko, who sparked Perron on a breakaway. Perron moved Johnson across the crease and then lifted a backhander over Johnson’s shoulder.

Calgary cut the Blues lead to 5-3 on a blistering slapshot by Giordano at 9:31. Michael Frolik and Dennis Wideman assisted on the goal. The Flames then pulled within one on Versteeg’s second of the night with 4:54 remaining in regulation.

Steen ended the drama with a slapshot into the empty net on a partial breakaway set up by Perron with 39 seconds left for the final two-goal margin.

Of Note:
All three of Perron’s hat tricks have been against Western Canadian opponents. His previous two hat tricks were scored against the Vancouver Canucks, with the Blues on Nov. 10, 2009 and with Edmonton on Jan. 27, 2014. It was his second career four-point game, with the other coming on Nov. 19, 2013, for Edmonton against Columbus, when he had two goals and two assists … Perron had not scored in the first five games of the season … The last hat trick by a Blues player against Calgary was by Pavol Demitra on Nov. 29, 2002 ...The Blues out=shot the Flames 40-27 continuing a positive early season trend of out-shooting opponents by a wide margin. It was their most shots on goal in a game this season.

Between the Pipes:
After receiving a hard-luck loss on Thursday night, Allen was the benefactor of the Blues offense receiving the win despite allowing four goals on only 27 shots. Johnson took the loss for Calgary after making 34 saves and allowing five goals as he received the nod to start instead of former Blues goalie Brian Elliott.

Looking Ahead
: The Blues begin a three-game home stand at Scotttrade Center with a game against the Flames on Tuesday night.