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Jackets Fall Behind Early, Lose 6-2 To The Flames

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Calgary captain Jarome Iginla scored once and had two assists in his return to the lineup after missing 11 games with a knee injury and the Flames routed the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 Friday night.

Kristian Huselius and defenseman Robyn Regehr also had a goal and two assists for the Flames. The goal was Regehr's first in 62 games.

Mark Giordano added a goal and an assist, and Daymond Langkow and Rhett Warrener also scored as the Flames won their second straight game and sixth consecutive at home.

Rostislav Klesla and Jason Chimera scored for the Blue Jackets, who lost their second straight game after dropping a 5-2 decision in Edmonton to the Oilers two nights earlier.

It's just the second time in his seven-year career that Regehr has had three points in a game. The last time was in San Jose on Feb. 6, 2006, when he recorded three assists during a 4-3 win over the Sharks.

After killing off two early penalties, the Flames scored goals just 19 seconds apart midway through the first period to take a 2-0 lead.

Iginla opened the scoring on a power play when he converted a feed from center Craig Conroy. The former linemates were reunited again for the first time since Calgary's run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2004.

On Calgary's next rush, Alex Tanguay skated behind the net and fed Regehr at the point, who blasted the puck into an empty net as Columbus defenseman Adam Foote collided with goalie Ty Conklin, taking him out of the play.

Regehr then set up Giordano, who sent a wrist shot past Conklin for a power-play goal. Calgary registered three goals in the first period for the first time this season.

Langkow scored 30 seconds into the second when he one-timed a pass from Huselius past Conklin.

Klesla put Columbus on the scoreboard at 1:03 of the second when he swatted a puck past Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff while falling to the ice in front of the net.

After Huselius finished off a pass from Iginla during another man advantage, Chimera replied for Columbus just as a penalty to Calgary enforcer Eric Godard expired.

Warrener rounded out the scoring in the third during a two-man advantage for the Flames when his point shot was tipped past Columbus replacement goalie Tomas Popperle by Blue Jackets defenseman Anders Eriksson.

The Flames were 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and scored a season-high four power-play goals on 10 opportunities.

Kiprusoff made 20 saves, while Conklin stopped 11 of the 16 shots he faced before being pulled in the second period for Popperle, who blocked eight of the nine shots in his first NHL game.

Notes: Defenseman Andrew Ference and forward Byron Ritchie were healthy scratches for Calgary. ... Defenseman Aaron Johnson (healthy scratch) and forward Nikolai Zherdev (flu-like symptoms) missed the game for Columbus. ... For the first time in nine games, the Flames outshot their opponent. Calgary has been outshot 11 times in the past 13 games, when they've gone 9-2-2.

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