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Flames 3, Blues 2

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Home is where the winning happens for the Calgary Flames.

When the Flames are in the friendly confines of the Saddledome, things have gone their way lately.

The St. Louis Blues found that out the hard way Sunday night, as the visitors outshot the Flames 38-17, but a fortunate bounce for Calgary captain Jarome Iginla was the difference in a 3-2 win -- a seventh straight on home ice for the Flames.

After getting stopped on a partial breakaway, Iginla wheeled around with the rebound and forced it through Jaroslav Halak. It wasn't pretty, but it stood up as the game-winner.

The goal was Iginla's ninth this season and 525th of his career, all with the Flames. But with growing trade rumors, the longtime Flame could have that goal as one of his final ones in a Calgary jersey.

Although the Flames (12-14-4) have a long streak of winning at home, they have lost nine straight on the road, and they will try to break that Tuesday in Chicago.

The Blues (17-12-2) return home Tuesday to face the Edmonton Oilers, a team they just shut out Saturday night on the road.

Down 2-1 after two periods, the Blues tied it up early in the third period when Andy McDonald threw the puck on net and Vladimir Sobotka poked it through Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who had been stellar to that point.

First-year forward Cervenka opened the scoring for the Flames on the powerplay, breaking into the Blues zone on his off wing and ripping a wrist shot to the top corner past Halak.

It was the first power-play goal the Blues allowed in five games, and it was Cervenka's fourth of the season after joining the Flames out of the KHL as a free-agent.

Cervenka made it 2-0 midway through the second period on another top corner shot. Getting the puck down low in the Blues zone, Cervenka made a nifty move to get in front of the crease, then went to his backhand to lift the puck over a sprawled Halak.

The Blues finally cracked the wall of Kiprusoff on their 24th shot of the contest late in the second period.

After stepping out of the penalty box, Blues center T.J. Oshie picked the pocket of Flames blueliner Dennis Wideman, scooped up the loose puck and fired a shot that Kiprusoff only got a piece before it trickled through him.

NOTES: Halak got the start for the second straight night after not seeing the ice for four straight prior to Saturday's victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Halak recorded his 16th career shutout for the Blues in that win, tying Glenn Hall for the franchise record. ... For the first time since he was acquired Feb. 28, enforcer Brian McGrattan didn't suit up for the Flames. In 12 games, McGrattan has no points but 27 minutes in penalties and is a minus-5. ... It took 9:53 for the Flames to register their first shot on goal. ... Prior to Roman Cervenka's first-period power-play goal, the Blues penalty kill was perfect in four games and 10 chances. ... The Blues dominated the play in the second period, outshooting the Flames by a count of 19-4.

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