Rookie wins game for Blues in shootout

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Lee Stempniak, called up from the minor leagues earlier in the day, scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Stempniak also 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.

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

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.

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.

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