The Blue Jackets had to work for this one tonight, but in the end, it was one of their sweetest victories of the season.
They got everything they could handle in the second period from a desperate, road-battered Flames club that had been defeated the night before in Nashville - and after Curtis Glencross tied the game early in the middle frame, the tide seemed to turn in Calgary's favor. But as they've done so often in this now-12-game points streak (8-0-4), the Blue Jackets bent a little but didn't break.
Columbus set a franchise record with three goals in a 1:15 span in the second period, turning a tenuous 1-1 tie into a broken-open 4-1 shootout that caught everyone by surprise. Nick Foligno got it started at 13:05 the second period, dangling through traffic in front of Miikka Kiprusoff and sending a pinball into the Flames' net that gave the Blue Jackets the lead for good, but they were far from done.
Foligno scored his second goal in 51 seconds on a delayed penalty to give Columbus a 3-1 lead and bringing Nationwide Arena to a din. The quick spurt already had the people going, but Artem Anisimov sniped home a Lee Stempniak turnover 24 seconds later to push it to 4-1.
Coach Todd Richards said the Anisimov goal was a real back-breaker in the game, as it looked to pop the Flames' balloon and send the Blue Jackets on their way. Along the way to their third straight win on home ice, the Blue Jackets' fourth line got rewarded for another terrific performance, and in a game where every single Columbus player logged at least 10 minutes of ice time. Colton Gillies, who assisted on Jared Boll's game-opening goal, scored his first goal of the year in the third period which gave him the first multi-point game of his NHL career.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves to pick up his eighth win in his last 10 appearances.
A couple of the Blue Jackets pointed out that, while a bit stagnant to start the second period, a hard drive to the net by Anisimov really ignited the bench. From that point forward, the Blue Jackets played with a lot more conviction and fire, which led to their three-goal outburst in a short time frame to put the game away.
- Foligno set a new Blue Jackets record in the second period on Friday by scoring goals 0:51 apart. The previous record for quickest two goals by a single player was held by R.J. Umberger (1:29, 2/17/09 vs. Dallas).
- Anisimov scored 0:24 after Foligno’s second goal to set a new Blue Jackets team record for the fastest three goals scored (1:15) by multiple players. The previous record was set during Columbus’ first-ever NHL game on 10/7/00 (1:46 – Bruce Gardiner, David Vyborny & Steve Heinze).
- Bobrovsky made 24 saves vs. Calgary and is now 8-0-2 with a 0.98 GAA and a .967 SV% in his last ten appearances. Bobrovsky is 11-6-5 (2.00 GAA, .932 SV%) overall this season.
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