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Blue Jackets 5, Flames 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:16 AM

Associated Press

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Blue Jackets 5, Flames 0
Calgary Flames 0, Columbus Blue Jackets 5

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Steve Mason and the Columbus Blue Jackets wanted to make a statement just in case they meet the Calgary Flames again in the playoffs.

Mason stopped 33 shots for his franchise-record 10th shutout of the season, Jason Williams had two power-play goals, Rick Nash had a career-high four assists, and former Flames forward Kristian Huselius also had four assists in the Blue Jackets' penalty-filled 5-0 win over Calgary on Thursday night.

"We have a pretty good idea that if we're in the playoffs this is a team we could be playing, so we wanted to have a good effort. We definitely came forward with it, that's for sure," Mason said.

Mason, who broke the team record set last season by Pascal Leclaire, leads the NHL in shutouts and has the most for a rookie since Tony Esposito had 15 for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1969-70.

Calgary, the third-place team in the Western Conference, has dropped two straight. The sixth-place Blue Jackets are 7-1-1 in their past nine as they try to qualify for their first playoff appearance.

"It shows what we have to do to beat a team like that," Nash said. "They're obviously a great team. We know they didn't play their best, but I thought we had a great game and we played our best."

The Flames were coming off a 2-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

"We showed some elements of frustration and lack of discipline in certain areas, particularly when it wasn't going our way," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said.

The teams combined for 124 minutes - 64 by Columbus - with 110 coming in the second period when there were two fights, two game misconducts and four misconducts.

Manny Malhotra and Williams had goals in the first period, and Raffi Torres and R.J. Umberger gave Columbus a 4-0 lead in the second.

After failing to score through two periods of their previous two games, the Blue Jackets took an early lead when Nash set up Malhotra at 3:43 by breaking down the right side and cutting sharply in the middle of the right circle.

That drew the attention of goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, and Nash feathered a backdoor pass to Malhotra for the easy redirect into the open net.

"We raised our competitive level and got rewarded for it," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Columbus scored a power-play goal at 12:29 with Williams taking a centering pass in the high slot from Huselius and using Malhotra's screen in front. Williams' shot went through the pads and trickled across the line before Kiprusoff could reach back and grab it.

"They were good," Calgary captain Jarome Iginla said. "Huselius had a great game and so did Nash. Their line was controlling things all night, creating momentum for them. They were good and our game isn't where it needs to be right now."

Notes: Calgary RW Todd Bertuzzi returned after missing 10 games with a knee injury. He fought Columbus D Rostislav Klesla in the second period. ... Blue Jackets LW Fredrik Modin (knee) has missed nine straight games and 17 of 18. ... The teams split four games this season with the home team winning every one.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:43
CBJ
Manny Malhotra (11) ASST: Rick Nash (34), Kristian Huselius (31)
1 - 0 CBJ
12:29
CBJ
PPG - Jason Williams (16) ASST: Kristian Huselius (32), Rick Nash (35)
2 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
03:04
CBJ
Raffi Torres (11) ASST: Rick Nash (36), Kristian Huselius (33)
3 - 0 CBJ
14:17
CBJ
R.J. Umberger (25) ASST: Jakub Voracek (27), Jan Hejda (15)
4 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
01:08
CBJ
PPG - Jason Williams (17) ASST: Rick Nash (37), Kristian Huselius (34)
5 - 0 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
08:14
CGY
Jordan Leopold  Interference against  R.J. Umberger
11:49
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Elbowing against  Derek Dorsett
14:37
CBJ
Kristian Huselius  Tripping against  Craig Conroy
18:03
CBJ
Kristian Huselius  Hi-sticking against  Eric Nystrom
18:46
CBJ
Michael Peca  Hooking against  Jarome Iginla
2nd Period
01:00
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Hooking against  Rick Nash
04:19
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Fedor Tyutin
04:19
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
04:19
CGY
Olli Jokinen  Roughing against  Rostislav Klesla
04:19
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Roughing against  Olli Jokinen
08:34
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Interference against  Curtis Glencross
08:34
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Slashing against  R.J. Umberger
10:19
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Hooking against  Jarome Iginla
15:17
CGY
Jim Vandermeer  Game misconduct against  Jared Boll
15:17
CBJ
Jared Boll  Game misconduct against  Jim Vandermeer
15:17
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Roughing against  Jared Boll
15:17
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Jim Vandermeer
15:17
CGY
Jim Vandermeer  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
15:17
CGY
Todd Bertuzzi  Fighting (maj) against  Rostislav Klesla
15:17
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Fighting (maj) against  Todd Bertuzzi
20:00
CBJ
Kris Russell  Roughing against  Adam Pardy
20:00
CBJ
Kris Russell  Misconduct (10 min) against  Adam Pardy
20:00
CBJ
Jakub Voracek  Roughing against  Mike Cammalleri
20:00
CBJ
Jakub Voracek  Misconduct (10 min) against  Mike Cammalleri
20:00
CGY
Adam Pardy  Roughing against  Kris Russell
20:00
CGY
Adam Pardy  Roughing against  Kris Russell
20:00
CGY
Mike Cammalleri  Roughing against  Jakub Voracek
20:00
CGY
Adam Pardy  Misconduct (10 min) against  Kris Russell
20:00
CGY
Mike Cammalleri  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jakub Voracek
3rd Period
08:28
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Hooking against  Jarome Iginla
08:28
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Holding against  Curtis Glencross
16:55
CBJ
Jan Hejda  Hooking against  Jamie Lundmark
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 19TOI: 36:56
Saves: 17EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .895SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 17TOI: 22:58
Saves: 14EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .824SH: 0 - 0
Steve Mason
SA: 33TOI: 59:45
Saves: 33EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 14
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1