Blues 4, Flames 1

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 25, 2013
Ryan Reaves scored twice and Brian Elliott earned his NHL-leading 10th win in April in the St. Louis Blues' 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. St. Louis, which has won five of six, moved into fourth place in the Western Conference. The Blues have 58 points, one ahead of Los Angeles and San Jose. They can clinch the No. 4 seed and home ice in the opening round of the playoffs with a victory over Chicago on Saturday. Los Angeles and San Jose will meet Saturday in the final regular-season game for both teams. The Blues have won a season-high five straight home games. Calgary, which will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year, has won five of eight but will end the season Friday at Chicago. Elliott made 18 saves in improving to 10-2 in April. He has three shutouts in the month and has allowed only 15 goals. Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen also had goals for St. Louis, which scored three times in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. It was the Blues' first three-goal period since the second period of a 6-3 win at Phoenix on March 7. Chris Stewart and Adam Cracknell added two assists each for the Blues, who scored more than three goals for the first time in 11 games. Reaves, known more for his physical play, has four goals this season and nine in 130 NHL games. He scored in the first period on a wrist shot from close range off a pass from Cracknell. He pushed the lead to 4-1 early in the third period, and even came out on top in a fight with Tim Jackman. McDonald put St. Louis ahead 2-1 with his seventh goal of the season midway through the second period. Steen scored just over five minutes later off a backhand. The power-play tally came 5 seconds after Paul Byron went off for high sticking. Calgary tied it 1-1 on a goal by Sven Baertschi at 7:58 of the second period. Baertschi took a cross-ice pass from Jiri Hudler and beat Elliott, who came out of the net and surrendered the puck with an ill-advised pass off the boards. Baertschi has a seven-game point streak. Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester pushed his league-leading, consecutive-game played streak to 634 and earned an assist against his former team. The Blues are 10-3 since acquiring him from Calgary on April 1. NOTES: St. Louis D Kevin Shattenkirk played in his 200th NHL game. ... Calgary D Chris Butler, who hails from the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood, was named to the United States Men's National Team that will play May 3-19 in the IIHF Tournament in Helsinki, Finland. ... St. Louis D Barret Jackman sat out because of an ankle injury sustained in the second period of Tuesday's 3-1 win over Colorado. ... St. Louis G Jaroslav Halak served as a backup on Thursday after missing 12 games with a groin injury.
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