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Diminished St. Louis hangs tough

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Jeff Heerema gave the Blues a chance,
and Chris Osgood held on to give the St. Louis Blues another road
win.

Heerema scored 46 seconds into the third period as the Blues won
2-1 over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Doug Weight also scored for St. Louis, which is 4-2-0-1 after
playing six of its first seven games on the road. The Blues have
six injured defensemen.

Flames rookie Matthew Lombardi scored as Calgary lost its second
home game in a row.

Osgood made 25 saves for the Blues, including 15 in the third
period.

"He's been awesome," Weight said. "This whole year since
training camp on, Chris has been our best player, and we need
that."

"We've been blitzed a little bit in each of the three road
games we just had, and he's been standing on his head each time to
keep us in the game."

Heerema, a rookie acquired off waivers from Carolina before the
season, took a cross-ice pass from Pavol Demitra and one-timed a
shot from 30 feet past goaltender Jamie McLennan for the game
winner.

"There were two options, and you have to play them both. It was
a great pass and a good shot," McLennan said.

"Pavol threw a great pass over to me, it took awhile to get
there, but I was fortunate to get my stick on it and it went in,"
Heerema said.

The rookie also knocked Dean McAmmond out of the game with a
first-period body check.

"I didn't try to take a run at him, I just nudged him and it
looked like he caught a rut in the ice or something," Heerema
said. "I keep being told to finish my checks, and that's what I did
and it's part of the game. Hopefully he comes out of it OK."

McLennan, filling in for Roman Turek (sprained knee) finished
with 17 saves in his first loss after winning three in a row.

Lombardi tied it at 12:39 of the first after the Blues got a
power-play goal just 2:47 into the game.

Chris Pronger spotted Weight open at the side of the Flames net.
Instead of shooting at the goal, Pronger purposely turned his body
and fired a hard shot along the ice at Weight, who neatly steered
the puck past McLennan.

St. Louis finished the night 1-for-6 on the power-play. Two of
the opportunities came when the Flames were caught with too many
men on the ice.

Game notes
St. Louis defenseman Mike Stuart made his NHL debut, taking
the place of Barret Jackman, who injured his shoulder Wednesday
night in Vancouver. ... The Blues' Scott Mellanby (ribs) has yet to
play this season but is expected back Tuesday night against
Nashville. ... Calgary center Craig Conroy and right wing Martin Gelinas are pointless through six games.