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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Joakim Lindstrom and David Backes scored in the first period, Brian Elliott stopped 23 shots, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 Saturday night.

Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, and Paul Stastny and Kevin Shattenkirk each had three assists. St. Louis improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine games against Calgary.

Curtis Glencross ended Elliott’s shutout bid with a power-play goal with 4:13 left. Mark Giordano picked up an assist on the play for his 200th NHL point, and Jonas Hiller finished with 35 saves for the Flames, who have lost five straight at St. Louis.

The Blues got off to a fast start as Stastny got the puck down low on the right side and slid it cross ice to Lindstrom, who tapped it just 48 seconds into the game for his first goal NHL goal since Oct. 13, 2011.