CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Flames seem to be more comfortable when they're against the ropes.
Joe Colborne capped a thrilling game by scoring the only goal of the shootout to give Calgary an improbable 4-3 come-from-behind win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Colborne took the first attempt in the shootout and beat Jaroslav Halak on a deke for his third goal on four attempts this season in the tiebreaker.
Reto Berra turned aside T.J. Oshie, Derek Roy and Magnus Paajarvi in the shootout to earn the win.
"We've been doing it all year," Colborne said. "It seems like when we have a lead going into the third period, we're more nervous than we are when we come in and we're down."
Flames captain Mark Giordano forced the shootout, tying the game with 5 seconds left in the third period.
Patrick Berglund's holding penalty gave Calgary a power play for the final 1:37 of the third. Flames coach Bob Hartley added more pop to his offense by pulling Berra for a 6-on-4 skating edge.
Jiri Hudler's long diagonal pass was hammered in from the faceoff dot by Giordano, who one-timed a blistering slap shot past Halak to send the sellout crowd into a frenzy.
"I was just hoping he saw me because I saw the lane open right up," Giordano said. "When I saw it coming over and he laid it nice and flat for me. I just obviously tried to get a shot on net and it was a really good feeling to see that one go in for sure."
Hartley likes his team's determination when it's behind.
"We know the trademark of our team. Credit goes to our players. They never quit," Hartley said. "We don't want to fall behind but we always feel as a coaching staff that we keep supporting those guys and they always come up with a big goal, a big effort."
The Flames lead the league in one-goal games, the latest being a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday in which a third-period comeback came up short.
Hudler and Mike Cammalleri also scored for Calgary (14-17-6), which kicked off a five-game homestand. The Flames snapped a three-game losing streak.
Kevin Shattenkirk, Jaden Schwartz and Paajarvi scored for the Blues (24-7-5), who took three out of four points in Alberta and are 5-1-2 in their last eight.