Dure of the Flames became the first player from South Dakota to score a goal in the NHL.

ST. LOUIS Walker Dur made history by scoring his first NHL goal.

Dur’s first goal for Calgary on Thursday night ended a goalless tie in the second period, and the 23-year-old Sioux Falls-born winger became the first South Dakota player to score in the NHL.

“It shows that anyone who puts their head down and gets to work can achieve a lot,” Dür said.

Dillon Dube scored twice in the third period and Dan Vladar made 25 saves to help the Flames defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-1.

Dube broke the draw with 1 point, scoring 9:10 before the end of normal time, and added an empty net in the last minutes. Blake Coleman brought the score to 3-1 with his eighth goal of the season with 3:56 left.

Calgary have scored points in 16 of their last 19 games.

Dur received a pass from Nazem Kadri at the end of the second period and shot past goaltender Thomas Greiss, who has saved 61 shots in a row in the last three games. Nazem Kadri scored with an accurate pass after going 2 on 1.

Calgary Coach Darryl Sutter was thrilled to see Durr score his first goal.

“Good for a young man,” Sutter said. – It’s amazing. Everyone always remembers their first.”

Maybe not Dur.

“I think I passed out,” Dür said. “It was a pretty cool feeling. Something you dream about.”

Dur was called up over the weekend and made the second start of his career on Tuesday. He played in one game for the Flames in 2021.

“It was especially nice to see the smirk on his face,” Dube said. “I train with him and know him well. I am happy for him. Definitely a special night. You like it when someone does that. It was amazing, especially such a big goal.”

Dur’s goal seemed to inflame his teammates. Calgary scored three goals in the third period in 5:49.

Vladar, who wears number 80, has improved to 7-4-4 this season.

Jake Neighbors scored for St. Louis, who have won eight of their last nine games against the Flames, including a 4-3 overtime decision on Tuesday.

Dube picked up a loose puck in the slot and broke the tie with his eighth goal of the season. He scored into an empty net with 3:21 left.

“We played the full 60 (minutes),” Dube said.

Kadri was booed throughout the game. Last year, as a Colorado Avalanche player, he faced St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington in Game 3 of the second-round playoff series to end Binnington’s season.

The Blues will be without Vladimir Tarasenko (arm) and Ryan O’Reilly (leg) for four to six weeks.

Greiss made 36 saves and kept his team in the game for the first three periods.

“He was phenomenal today,” Neighbors said. “It’s a little frustrating.”


On Wednesday, Calgary Coach Darryl Sutter and his team went to see the Budweiser Clydesdale horses on the weekend in downtown St. Louis.


The Flames lead the NHL with 12 overtimes. They lost to Chicago in the OT on Sunday and lost to the Blues on Tuesday by a 4-3 decision. Flames 2-6 in OT and 1-3 in shootouts.


Flames: Continuing the five-game trip in Dallas on Saturday.

Blues: Play Tampa Bay for the third of seven consecutive home games on Saturday.


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