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Flames continue road trip against Blues

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames shoot for back-to-back victories on Saturday evening when they resume their six-game road trip against the St. Louis Blues.

The Flames began the season with a loss at home on Wednesday to the Vancouver Canucks, but bounced back the following night by beginning their trek with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Playing in his second game with the Flames, Mason Raymond notched his third career hat trick. His first two had come against Calgary while playing with Vancouver.

"That's a lot of fun," Raymond said. "Most important is that we got those two points."

His second goal snapped a 2-2 tie 4:23 into the third period and he completed the feat with 5:18 remaining.

Jiri Hudler and T.J. Brodie also scored and Joe Colborne had three assists for the Flames, who got 38 saves from Karri Ramo in the victory.

Offseason acquisition Jonas Hiller had started Wednesday's loss, giving up three goals on 32 shots.

Flames coach Bob Hartley made Dennis Wideman a scratch on Thursday night after the defenseman struggled in the game versus Vancouver.

St. Louis got its season underway with a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday. The Blues were the victim of an unfortunate bounce that led to the Rangers' go-ahead goal with 1:50 remaining.

Jaden Schwartz had a goal and assisted on Paul Stastny's tying tally with 9:18 to play. The goal was originally credited to Vladimir Tarasenko before getting changed to Stastny, giving him a tally in his St. Louis debut after inking a four-year, $28 million deal in the offseason.

Brian Elliott came up with 22 saves in the loss.

"That's not the way we want to come out," said Elliott. "We want to come out dictating. The first game is not a sprint, it's a marathon so we gotta take the good things from this game."

The Blues have won six of their past eight versus the Flames and four straight meetings in St. Louis.