COLUMBUS -- The Calgary Flames earned their second win in as many nights thanks to a dramatic comeback in the last five minutes of the third period and some sharp shooting in the shootout.
Curtis McElhinney made his third start of the season and played a pretty solid game. He made 29 saves in his second straight victory and was able to hold the fort for his club in the shootout.
The Flames are now 4-0-1 in their last five tilts and are an impressive 9-1-3 on the road this season.Olli Jokinen
opened the scoring in the second period with a great heads-up play while the Flames were on the power play. Jarome Iginla
knifed the puck on the boards to a waiting Jay Bouwmeester
and the big blueliner fired it on net. Jokinen got himself in front of the net, picked up the Bouwmeester rebound and threw it five-hole on Steve Mason.
From there, the Blue Jackets went to work. The last ten minutes of the second frame saw Columbus score three goals and elevate their overall play against a tired Flames squad. Rick Nash, Mark Methot and Jared Boll all beat McElhinney in the middle stanza.
It appeared to be all Columbus until the last five minutes of the third period. First, Dustin Boyd potted his fourth of the season to put the Flames within one. Then, David Moss
made an excellent quick backhand pass to Nigel Dawes and he scored his third goal in his last three games to even up the game at 3-3.
Overtime solved nothing so it came down to goalie vs. goalie. Columbus's fourth shooter, former Flame Anton Stralman, was stopped by McElhinney and Jamie Lundmark beat Mason to earn the Flames the win.
The Flames continue on their season-high six game road swing on Monday when they roll into the Music City to take on the Nashville Predators.
|WHY CALGARY WON |
Despite being down by two goals, the Flames clawed their way back into the game with just over five minutes to go in regulation. They returned to their solid play of the first 30 minutes - gritty forecheck, putting as many shots on Mason as they could and a great backcheck. McElhinney took it from there, making several clutch saves to keep his club in the game. Their refusal to give up in the face of adversity won them the game.
|THE WOW FACTOR |
McElhinney showed his stuff during the second period when he absolutely stoned Derek Mackenzie. As he was heading to the bench, former Flame Kristian Huselius spotted Mackenzie streaking towards the Flames blueline and made a quick pass to the forward. Mackenzie tried to fake out McElhinney by going to his backhand at the last minute but the Flames netminder was having none of it. He stayed with Mackenzie and made the clutch save.
|THE NUMBERS GAME |
Jokinen scored his second goal in as many nights. He now has five tallies and 17 points on the season ... it only took the Jackets 1:03 to secure their first lead of the game with goals from Nash and Methot ... Dawes scored his third goal in three games. Prior to that, he was stuck in the 12 game scoring drought ... the Flames were able to draw even in the third period with goals 1:19 apart ... McElhinney has two wins in three starts ... the Flames have only lost a single game in regulation while on the road ... Calgary has scored first in 20 of 25 games and are 14-3-3 in those games.
|OUR 3 STARS |