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Second-period surge lifts Jackets over Flames

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Second-period surge lifts Jackets over Flames
Calgary Flames 1, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
The Calgary Flames let another lead to slip away on Tuesday night.

Granted, it was only a one-goal edge this time, but the Flames allowed Anton Stralman and Kristian Huselius to score 2:04 apart during the second period in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Stralman's goal came via the power play.

One night hours earlier, the Flames watched a 5-0 lead slip away in an improbable 6-5 overtime loss at Chicago that was sealed by Brent Seabrook's tally 26 seconds into the extra session.

Curtis Glencross scored the lone goal for Calgary with 3:41 remaining in the opening period. Miikka Kiprusoff made 31 saves in the loss.

Flames coach Brent Sutter said his team didn't come into the game thinking about the one that got away in Chicago.

"Our mindsets were right coming into the game tonight," Sutter said. "We had a good first period and then we backed off in the second period. We took a couple of penalties and that changed things for us. In the third, we started to make another push the last six or seven minutes. In a tight game like this on the road, we kind of shot ourselves in the foot in the second and that kind of took the momentum away from us there for a while with a couple of quick penalties and a couple of quick goals on their part."

In contrast, things are looking up in Columbus.

At 4-1-0, the Blue Jackets are off the best start in franchise history. Mason made 22 saves -- including a glove stop on Eric Nystrom late in the game -- in the team's latest victory. Mason bounced back nicely after being pulled in a 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks last Thursday.

"We got stronger and stronger as the game went on," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We earned (power plays) because of our hard work and the ability to keep the puck in the offensive zone. We, to a man, competed at a very high level. We rolled four deep (lines) into the hockey game. We played really good today. We reloaded hard and put pressure on them from the back end and that's the only way you can play."

Glencross broke a scoreless tie with his second goal of the season, as he managed to redirect Rene Bourque's wrist shot from the left circle past Steve Mason. Bourque, who leads the Flames with nine points, has a four-game point streak.

Stralman got Columbus on the board when his slap shot off a faceoff beat Kiprusoff at 15:32 of the second. Huselius then gave the Blue Jackets the lead with a wrister off the right wing. Columbus captain Rick Nash assisted on both goals to extend his streak of multipoint games to four.
"We aren't used to this," Nash said of the Blue Jackets' fast start. "You know, it's fun. We've got a great group of guys. Everyone's tight and you know it shows on the ice. We're helping each other in games, playing well on the road, and it's fun to win."

-- Brian Compton,

Material from team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
Curtis Glencross (2) ASST: Rene Bourque (5), Olli Jokinen (4)
1 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
PPG - Anton Stralman (1) ASST: Derick Brassard (2), Rick Nash (6)
1 - 1 Tie
Kristian Huselius (2) ASST: Rick Nash (7), R.J. Umberger (1)
2 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
Power Play Stats
Power Plays0/11/4
Power Play %13.4%17.9%
% on Road15.8%19.5%
% at Home10.3%16.3%
League Rank29th20th
penalty summary
1st Period
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
Daymond Langkow  Hooking against  Jan Hejda
Rick Nash  Hi-sticking against  Adam Pardy
2nd Period
Mark Giordano  Roughing against  Jason Chimera
Jason Chimera  Roughing against  Mark Giordano
Mark Giordano  Hooking against  Samuel Pahlsson
Cory Sarich  Hooking against  Jakub Voracek
3rd Period
Jay Bouwmeester  Interference against  R.J. Umberger
Rostislav Klesla  Roughing against  Olli Jokinen
Olli Jokinen  Roughing against  Rostislav Klesla
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 33TOI: 58:37
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0
Steve Mason
SA: 23TOI: 59:57
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .957SH: 3 - 3