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Recap: Flames 2, Blue Jackets 3

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Corey Masisak and Ben Raby -

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets jumped to a three-goal lead but had to hold on to defeat the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Friday at Nationwide Arena.

Jack Skille and Ryan Johansen scored in the first period for Columbus (3-1-0), and Matt Calvert's second-period goal put the Blue Jackets ahead 3-0 after 40 minutes before Mason Raymond and Josh Jooris, in his NHL debut, scored to get the Flames (3-3-0) within a goal.

Columbus begins a four-game road trip Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. Calgary is 3-2-0 on a six-game trip that ends Sunday at the Winnipeg Jets.

Jooris, promoted Thursday from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League, took a pass in the neutral zone from Mark Giordano and got behind the defense before beating goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to the glove side with 8:17 remaining.

Bobrovsky (29 saves) lost his shutout 2:40 into the third period. Three seconds after Calvert's charging penalty expired and before he could get back into the play, Curtis Glencross controlled a rebound and fed Raymond though the paint on the left side; he tapped it in for his fourth goal of the season.

The Blue Jackets' start was the opposite of what happened Tuesday when the Dallas Stars came into Nationwide Arena and put two goals on the board in the opening eight minutes en route to 4-2 win.

Skille made sure there was no repeat of that slow start by scoring his second of the season at 2:59, and Johansen made it 2-0 at 5:21 with a power-play goal.

For Skille, it was justification for his move to the third line from the fourth when rookie forward Mark Dano was forced to miss the game because of an undisclosed injury. Skille's new linemate, Mark Letestu, set him up with a backhanded shovel pass to the low slot that he quickly converted with a slap shot.

Johansen, who scored his first two goals of the season against Dallas, got his third while Giordano was serving a delay of game penalty. Nick Foligno guarded the puck below the goal line before blindly throwing it out to Johansen low in the right circle for a shot past goaltender Karri Ramo (23 saves).

Calgary could not get untracked and was outshot 6-0 until Raymond fired from outside the Flames' blue line midway through the first.

The Flames eventually evened the shots at 8-8 two minutes into the second power on their second power play, but the kill reenergized the Blue Jackets. They took the next six shots, the last being a gritty goal by Calvert, his first of the season, at 7:55.

Skille and Letestu were instrumental again. Skille carried the puck around the Calgary net and sent a pass to Tim Erixon at the left point. Erixon sent the puck to the other point, where James Wisniewski fired toward the goal. Ramo made the initial stop, but the puck sat in the crease. Letestu went for it, but at the last second Calvert was checked from behind and knocked the puck into the goal as he fell forward.

Calgary was 0-for-4 on the power play; Columbus was 1-for-5.

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