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Flames enter the All-Star break on a high note

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Calgary enters the All-Star break still on top of the Northwest Division with a 28-14-4 record after tonight’s 5-4 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. After being out for five games with a groin injury, Todd Bertuzzi scored the game winner as the final shooter.

It was the second time the Flames played in a shootout since the Flames hosted the Panthers on December 12 when they lost 3-2. .

Jarome Iginla who is heading to Montreal for his fifth All-Star appearance, netted his first goal of 2009 at 9:11 in the first putting his season total to 19 so far, and snapping an eight-game scoring draught. .

Mike Cammalleri showed why he was the NHL’s second star of the week by potting two more goals—his 21st and 22nd improving his streak to eight goals and two helpers in the last five games. David Moss also scored a goal for the Flames. .

R.J. Umberger scored two goals for the Blue Jackets in the first period. Jakob Voracek contributed a goal, and Rick Nash notched a shorthanded goal on a breakaway in the third. Manny Malhotra also chipped in two assists.

The first two periods were filled with little tussles and disagreements including Dion Phaneuf boarding Umberger from behind and knocking him down to the ice for a good 30 seconds. The former Ohio State Buckeye seemed a little woozy on the bench at first, but rebounded later to score his second goal of the game six minutes later. .

Andre Roy was up to his old antics when he tried to instigate a fight with Ole-Kristian Tollefson. Before real punches were blown, he was sent to the penalty box on a roughing call where he warned Tollefson round two would be coming up later in the game with a cut-throat sign. However, it seemed to be a false threat as a big fight never happened. .

In the second, Adam Pardy delivered a nice hip check on Jared Boll a few feet away from the Columbus bench. And Derek Dorsett had to walk off the ice with a cut in his head after Robyn Regehr cross-sticked him in the forehead. .

The Flames accumulated nine penalties and served 32 minutes. .

Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves.

Despite muscle spasms in his back, Steve Mason was excellent in net making 27 saves in his 30th consecutive start. He will miss the NHL YoungStars game this weekend to rest up.

The Flames will host the Buffalo Sabres after the All-Star break on Wednesday with an early game time start of 6pm MT.






– Goal for Jarome Iginla in 2009.

2 – Shootout for the Flames this season

3 –on-3 goal scored for the first time in 800 games.

22  – goals for Mike Cammalleri

36 – more regulation games after the All-Star break.

1) Cammalleri
2) Malhotra
3) Iginla

Kipper made a nice breakaway save on R.J. Umberger.

Dion Phaneuf boarding R.J. Umberger into the boards and knocking him down.

Injured players include Brandon Prust (jaw) Rhett Warrener (shoulder) and Wayne Primeau (foot).
Jim Vandermeer was a healthy scratch tonight.

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