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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Blue Jackets

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

BLUE JACKETS DOWN FLAMES 2-1 IN OT

CALGARY, AB -- Nikita Nikitin scored 2:25 into overtime while Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

The win avenges Columbus’ embarrassing 7-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night and pushes Calgary’s winless streak on home ice to six.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, Joe Colborne tied the game.

Kris Russell’s outlet pass from Calgary’s end found David Jones in the neutral zone. After drawing an opposing player, Jones dished off to Colborne, who went in and beat Bobrovsky with a backhand just 3:28 into the period.

The Flames continued to press, outshooting the Blue Jackets 9-3 over the final 20 minutes but couldn’t solve the Columbus keeper, paving the way for Nikitin’s eventual overtime winner.

After being shutout against the Oilers, it didn’t take long for Nick Foligno to put the Blue Jackets on the board.

Midway through the first period, Foligno picked up the puck off a broken play by RJ Umberger and whipped a shot that glanced off a Flames’ defenceman and beat Reto Berra for a 1-0 lead.

That lead held until Colborne’s second of the season in the third, eventually forcing overtime and setting up Nikitin's heroics.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Russell upped a pass to Jones in the neutral zone, who sprung Colborne in on a partial break. Colborne out-muscled Jack Johnson before sending a backhand over Bobrovsky’s glove just 3:28 into the third period to tie the game 1-1.

SAVE OF THE GAME

With the power play, Johnson took a cross-slot pass from Ryan Johansen and wired a shot on net that was denied by a spectacular bicycle kick-save by Berra just seven minutes into the game.

TURNING POINT

A crease scramble in front of Berra in overtime resulted in Nikitin’s overtime winner.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“Never give up. I was too far out and I thought [Johansen] was going to shoot and then he passed it, so I was way too late (across). There was nothing else I could do. I just tried to bring something from my body there, and it hit me right on my, I think, skate. It was luck, too.”

-Berra

STAT OF THE GAME

Jones led the game against Columbus with eight hits.

LINEUP NOTES

Tim Jackman , Derek Smith and Christopher Breen (conditioning stint) were scratched against the Jets. Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain) and Mark Giordano (broken ankle) also missed the game due to injury.

COMING UP

The Flames continue their three-game stand at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday when they host the Florida Panthers (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).

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