Blues 5, Flames 0

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The St. Louis Blues continued their streak.

The Calgary Flames continued their slump.

The Blues extended their winning streak to seven consecutive games with Thursday's 5-0 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Right wingers Chris Stewart and Vladimir Tarasenko, center Vladimir Sobotka, and defensemen Ian Cole and Alex Pietrangelo and scored for the Blues (31-7-5), who are undefeated since a Dec. 23 shootout loss in Calgary, having collected points in 10 straight games.

The Flames (15-23-6) were shut out for the second consecutive contest and fifth time in a seven-game span, with four of those on home ice.

Blues goaltender Jarsoslav Halak made 33 saves while Flames goalie Karri Ramo stopped 24 of 29 shots.

Stewart opened the scoring at the 9:32 mark of the first period, with the gritty right winger blasting a shot behind Ramo after a pass from center Derek Roy from behind the net.

Sobotka added to the lead just over two minutes later, scoring on a wrist shot as the talented center extended his point streak to four games.

Not long after Flames right winger Jiri Hudler hit the goal-post on a power play in the second period, Tarasenko spotted Cole in the slot and set the defenseman up for another marker.

Pietrangelo and Tarasenko each added power-play goals early in the third period as the Blues turned it into a rout.

The Blues are back in action Friday against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena, while the Flames await Saturday's visit from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NOTES: The Blues arrived in Calgary with an 8-0-4 record against Canadian teams this season ... St. Louis G Jaroslav Halak was back in the crease after missing more than a week of action due to illness. The Blues are still without their leading scorer, LW Alex Steen (concussion), and D Roman Polak (ankle). ... Flames RW David Jones missed a third consecutive game because of an eye infection. LW Curtis Glencross (ankle), C Blair Jones (knee) and D Kris Russell (knee) also were out for Calgary ... The Flames were one of four NHL organizations with two minor-leaguers selected Thursday for the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic against Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League. C Ben Street and D Chad Billins will represent the Flames' top affiliate, the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, at the exhibition event. G Jake Allen (Chicago Wolves) was the only Blues prospect picked for the AHL team.
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