Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Friday, October 24th
Game 2: Thursday, February 5th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 2nd
Game 4: Sunday, March 14th

Blues 2

(4-2-1, 9 pts)

Flames 1

(3-3-0, 6 pts)

9:00 PM ET, October 24, 2003

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
STL 1 0 12
CGY 1 0 01

C. Pronger (Blues - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

M. Lombardi (Flames - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Weight (Blues - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

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.

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