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Bennett scores twice in win in Columbus

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

COLUMBUS, OH -- Sam Bennett scored twice in a 4-2 Calgary Flames win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

Bennett’s first goal 4:14 into the second period broke a 1-1 tie. His second goal with 5:32 remaining in the third period gave the Flames a two-goal lead after Johnny Gaudreau scored on a tough-angle shot that put Calgary ahead 3-2 1:28 into the third period.

Flames forward Michael Frolik scored his eighth goal of the season with eight seconds remaining in the first period. Forward Mikael Backlund and defenceman Mark Giordano each had two assists, and goalie Karri Ramo made 27 saves.

Scott Hartnell and Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus (17-27-4).

Hartnell, who returned from a one-game benching, scored his 16th goal off a rebound after defenceman Seth Jones' shot went over the net, hit the glass and caromed to Hartnell. He tied Boone Jenner and Brandon Saad for the Blue Jackets lead.

Sergei Bobrovsky left the game with 8:30 remaining in the second period after allowing two goals on 13 shots. He was in his second game since missing 17 games with a groin injury sustained Dec. 8.

He was replaced by backup Joonas Korpisalo, who made 12 saves in 25:30 of ice time.

Calgary continues their Eastern Conference road trip when they play the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at PNC Arena. Columbus plays the Boston Bruins on Saturday at TD Garden.

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