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Jackets Suffer 2-1 Defeat at Calgary

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Jarome Iginla and Chuck Kobasew scored third-period goals to lead the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

Calgary (12-10-2) has reeled off seven straight wins on home ice.

Ron Hainsey scored for the Blue Jackets (6-16-2), who have lost five straight on the road and have just one win in their last 11 overall (1-9-1). Ken Hitchcock dropped to 1-3-0 since taking over as head coach on Nov. 22.

Trailing 1-0 entering the third, Iginla scored his team-leading 13th goal at 4:10. Robyn Regehr's shot from the blue-line hit Iginla in the leg as he screened goaltender Pascal Leclaire. The puck dropped to his feet and he knocked it past Leclaire to tie the game.

Kobasew gave the Flames the lead at 6:38 with his first goal in 16 games. Kobasew's score came on a sequence that began when his close-in shot hit the goal post, resulting in the goal light mistakenly going on.

As the puck lay in the crease, Leclaire knocked it away with his blocker. It ended up back on Kobasew's stick, and he found the top corner with a shot from a sharp angle.

Until the third period, Leclaire had kept the Flames at bay with some sensational goaltending.

In one stretch in the second period, he came across the net to deny Marcus Nilson's shot from close in. Shortly after, Leclaire jabbed out his blocker to deflect a slap shot from Kristian Huselius.

Leclaire was also the benefactor of some good luck. In the opening minute of the third period, Dion Phaneuf had Leclaire beaten close-in but blasted his shot off the crossbar.

Columbus opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the closing moments of the first period. A bad line change by the Flames enabled Alexander Svitov to dash into the Calgary zone. He left the puck for Anders Eriksson, who faked a shot and dropped the puck back to Hainsey, who fired a wrist shot from the blue line past a screened Miikka Kiprusoff.

The goal came late on the Blue Jackets' first power-play opportunity of the night and was a welcome sight, with the Blue Jackets mired in a 4-for-52 slump with the extra man over the previous nine games.

However, Columbus was unable to connect on any of its final four man advantages - including two power-play opportunities after they had fallen behind in the third.

Calgary outshot Columbus 31-19.

Notes: Columbus LW Fredrik Modin (groin) missed his second game. He is recovering back in Columbus but could be ready next Tuesday when the Blue Jackets play in Colorado. ... Iginla is one assist shy of 300 for his career and two goals short of 300. ... Calgary doesn't play again until Tuesday night when Carolina comes to town. The Flames will not have three days off in a row again until the all-star break in late-January.

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