Mathieu Garon's first game as the Columbus Blue Jackets' No. 1 goaltender was a success.
Garon stopped 29 shots Tuesday night as Columbus snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Calgary Flames 3-1. Jakub Voracek, Jared Boll and Rostislav Klesla scored for Columbus, which had only two wins in its last 12 games.
"It's a huge win against a team trying to catch us in the standings and we certainly needed to get a win under our belt," coach Scott Arniel said.
Garon, a 10-year NHL veteran, has outplayed 2009 Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason for much of the season. Mason was pulled in three of his last four starts -- including Thursday night in Edmonton -- and his goals-against average and save percentage are near the bottom of the League.
"It's obviously a big win and we are real happy with it and we know we have to build on it," Garon said. "If we keep playing this well, we will be successful."
Garon did just what Arniel was looking for him to do.
"Matty, when it got late (in the game) and we were sitting on our lead a little bit, was certainly strong," he said. "He gave us an opportunity to win the game."
Olli Jokinen had the lone goal for Calgary, which lost its third straight.
Rookie Henrik Karlsson made 34 stops in his seventh outing of the season for the Flames, who have the worst road record in the Western Conference at 5-11-3. Calgary has dropped five consecutive games and nine of 11 on the road.
Voracek opened the scoring with his sixth goal at 5:14 of the first. He curled off the half boards, skated past two defenders on his way to the high slot, and wristed a shot past Karlsson's glove for his first goal in 13 games. The the goal marked just the second time in 11 games that the Blue Jackets scored first.
The Flames nearly got on the board early in the second period, but Garon got just enough of Curtis Glencross' slap shot to deflect it off the post.
Columbus converted its best chance of the period to make it 2-0. After a faceoff win in the Calgary zone, Tom Sestito threw a hard-angled shot at the net that caromed off the right post. The puck landed at the feet of Boll, who jammed it in at 11:18 for his third goal.
" We got off to a good start. It was a big goal by a guy who hadn't scored in a while. (The first goal) got us going and then we got the second one. We've talked about getting (scoring) from other people, great shift by Sestito-(Kyle) Wilson-Boll to make it 2-0."
With Antoine Vermette serving his second interference penalty of the period, Jokinen one-timed a cross-ice pass from Jarome Iginla from the right circle inside the near post at 16:34 to et the Flames on the board.
But Garon stopped all 10 Calgary shots in the third period, and Klesla put it away by hitting the empty net with 58 seconds to play.
Karlsson got the start as coach Brent Sutter opted to give starter Miikka Kiprusoff the night off. Sutter said scoring, not goaltending, was the Flames' problem in this game.
"Karlsson played well. He made some big saves for us," Sutter said. "When you score just one goal that makes it tough. We had some chances and some opportunities and didn't capitalize on them. You have to give some credit to the opposition, they played a real steady game."
Material from team media and wire services was used in this report