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Stempniak gets tying goal, game-winner in SO for Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- One of the no-name players the St. Louis Blues
called up to replace the top two scorers they traded helped them
get over another depressing day for the franchise.

Rookie Lee Stempniak, summoned from Peoria of the AHL on Sunday,
scored the tying goal and then got the winner in the fifth round of
a shootout for a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday
night.

"Everyone wants to be a clutch player and I was happy to be out
there, but I was a little bit nervous," Stempniak said. "I'd been
0-for-the-shootout so far in Peoria and I was just happy it went
in."

Stempniak scored the tying goal in the second period for the
Blues, who won for only the second time in 13 games. St. Louis had
been 1-5 in shootouts, three of the losses coming in the previous
four games.

The depleted Blues won the shootout 3-2 against the Northwest
Division-leading Flames just a few hours they shipped leading
scorer Doug Weight to Carolina for a first-round pick and
prospects. It was the second trade in 24 hours for the Blues, who
traded No. 2 scorer Mike Sillinger to Nashville on Sunday.

The trades were made to streamline the team, last overall in the
NHL, for a sale.

"This morning it was a pretty somber room," coach Mike Kitchen
said. "We addressed that before the game. I thought it was a real
gutsy effort by everyone on the club."

Jay McClement and Dennis Wideman also scored in the shootout for
the Blues, and like Stempniak they beat Miikka Kiprusoff with high
efforts.

"They beat me a couple of times glove high, so you have to
learn from that and be ready for the next shootout that comes for
us," Kiprusoff said. "With two goals you should always win."

Tony Amonte and Matthew Lombardi scored in the shootout for the
Flames, who outshot St. Louis 31-18 in the regulation and overtime.

The Flames finished a trip 2-3 after winning 5-3 at Chicago on
Sunday. Forward Shean Donovan wasn't surprised that the Blues
played an inspired game.

"I think we knew they had a lot of young guys and they would
come out flying and work hard and that's what they did," Donovan
said. "We know when that happens sometimes the guys play pretty
hard and tonight St. Louis played hard."

McClement, also called up in the wake of the Weight and
Sillinger trades, also scored in regulation for the Blues. Daymond
Langkow and Marcus Nilson scored in regulation for the Flames,

After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for only 13
shots but four goals in the second. Calgary scored on its first two
shots, the Blues on two of their first three.

A giveaway by defenseman Barret Jackman behind the Blues' net
led to the game's first goal, by Langkow off a setup from Amonte at
1:20. The Flames made it 2-0 when Nilson scored his sixth goal from
the slot only 27 seconds into a power play.

McClement broke in alone and beat Kiprusoff to the stick side at
7:43, and Stempniak scored from the slot at 16:47 off an effective
screen in front of the net by Petr Cajanek.

Game notes
Earlier Monday, the Blues placed defenseman Bryce Salvador
(shoulder) on injured reserve. The team lost another D when Kevin
Dallman left with a sore left hand in the second period. ...
Injured Blues forward Keith Tkachuk (broken hand) has practiced the
last two days and could return to the lineup this week. "It's not
where I want it to be right now," Tkachuk said Monday after the
morning skate. "It's not right." ... Flames D Roman Hamrlik cut
his hand Sunday night and was sent back to Calgary to have the
injury examined.