Johnny Gaudreau and Alan Quine each scored twice, and the Calgary Flames beat the St. Louis Blues 7-2 on Sunday.

The Flames have won eight of nine and lead the Western Conference with 46 points. Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm and Mark Giordano also scored, and David Rittich made 26 saves.

Calgary scored four times on its first 15 shots in the opening period and cruised to improve to 12-2-1 in its past 15.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen, right, watches as Calgary Flames' Alan Quine reaches for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen, right, watches as Calgary Flames’ Alan Quine reaches for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis, which was trying for its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Tkachuk, son of former Blues star Keith Tkachuk, pounced on the rebound of Giordano’s shot to get the Flames going 5:58 into the game. Lindholm scored short-handed on a breakaway to match a career high with his 17th goal, Giordano added on with a power-play goal and Quine made it 4-0 less than two minutes later.

Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano, right, is congratulated by Elias Lindholm after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Calgary Flames’ Mark Giordano, right, is congratulated by Elias Lindholm after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Rittich improved to 11-3-1. The undrafted free agent made 34 saves in a 2-1 win over Minnesota on Saturday.

St. Louis goalie Jake Allen was replaced by Jordan Binnington after the first period. Allen has been pulled before the second period in two of his past four starts.

Calgary Flames' Elias Lindholm (28), of Sweden, celebrates after scoring past St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (34) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Calgary Flames’ Elias Lindholm (28), of Sweden, celebrates after scoring past St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (34) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

NOTES: The Flames are 17-2 when scoring first. … St. Louis D Joel Edmundson returned after missing two games with a hand injury. … Calgary is 16-6-1 against Western Conference opponents. … The Flames are the only team in the NHL with five players with at least 30 points. … Blues LW Pat Maroon played in his 400th game. … Calgary C Mikael Backlund returned after missing four games with a concussion.

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Calgary Flames goaltenders David Rittich, of the Czech Republic, and Mike Smith (41) celebrate following an NHL hockey game against the St. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Calgary Flames goaltenders David Rittich, of the Czech Republic, and Mike Smith (41) celebrate following an NHL hockey game against the St. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Flames: Conclude a three-game swing on Tuesday night in Dallas

Blues: Begin a three-game road trip to Canada on Tuesday night in Edmonton.

St. Louis Blues' Oskar Sundqvist, right, of Sweden, is unable to score past Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich, of the Czech Republic, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist, right, of Sweden, is unable to score past Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich, of the Czech Republic, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Source: The Associated Press

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