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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets had 13 power-play chances -- and were outscored on them by the Calgary Flames.

Matthew Lombardi scored a short-handed goal and Mikka Kiprusoff stopped 34 shots to lead the Flames past the Blue Jackets 2-1 Friday night.

Columbus set a franchise record for power plays and failed to score on any of them.

"I've never seen a power play that looked that bad in a long time," an angry Columbus coach and general manager Doug MacLean said. "We had umpteen opportunities. The power play was pathetic. There's no excuse for it."

Martin Gelinas also scored for the Flames, who are unbeaten in five games (4-0-1-0) and have won their last three.

Rick Nash scored his NHL-leading 20th goal for the Blue Jackets. Columbus has lost its last four games (0-2-0-2) and is winless in seven (0-4-1-2).

The Blue Jackets weren't the only ones displeased with all the power plays.

"Half of them were penalties, so that's six," Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said. "On the average, that's two more than you should take. Some of them were mystery calls."

Columbus dominated the opening period in shots 20-4 -- the most for the Blue Jackets this season -- but trailed 2-0.

Gelinas notched his seventh of the season at the 10:55 mark, redirecting Jordan Leopold's shot off a faceoff. The puck trickled between goaltender Marc Denis' leg pads and slowly slid past the goal line as he dived backward to try to stop it.

Gelinas extended his points streak to three games (1-3-4).

"We took too many penalties and we're fortunate that our penalty kill did a great job," Gelinas said. "We don't give too many great chances from the inside. Shots are coming from the outside and our goalies are making big saves when they need to."

Dean McAmmond was in the box for a goaltender-interference penalty later in the period, but the Flames made the best of the situation.

Jarome Iginla ended up with the puck on the right wing when a Columbus defenseman was caught in too deep. Iginla skated past the benches, waiting until Denis committed and then passed to Lombardi for an easy jam shot at the 16:52 mark.

It was the first short-handed goal Columbus had given up in 18 home games this season and the Flames' fourth of the year -- and second by Lombardi.

A crowd of 16,561 booed as the Blue Jackets left the ice. One fan in a front-row seat wore a paper bag over his head throughout the game.

"I can't understand it -- we go into the game 13th in the league in power play and we put out a performance like that," MacLean said. "It's pathetic."

MacLean then stalked away before reporters could ask him questions.

Calgary was outshot 30-14 just 24 hours earlier in Boston, but scored on five of its first 10 shots in a 5-0 rout with Jamie McLennan picking up the shutout.

The Blue Jackets broke through on a spectacular goal by Nash 1:33 into the third.

Lasse Pirjeta carried the puck over the blue line, then whisked a pass to Nash at the top of the right circle. He skated in on Kiprusoff, deked and scored while going airborne after being nicked by a defenseman. Nash crashed into the corner boards while sitting down.

With Columbus on its 10th power play, Iginla again streaked down the right wing and muscled past Todd Marchant. Iginla, Marchant and the puck all arrived at the same time as Denis, who skated to the corner of the net. As Denis sprawled on the ice, the puck slid between his legs 4:08 into the third.

After reviewing the play and conferring with officials in the NHL office in Toronto, the goal was disallowed.

"They said that the net just kind of moved a millimeter, popped up or something," Iginla said.

Columbus failed to score despite having a two-man advantage three times totaling 4:18.

"If it's five-on-threes, you have to be lucky because they're always going to get some chances," Kiprusoff said.

Kiprusoff was never threatened when the Blue Jackets picked up their last power play with 3:08 remaining.

"We played smart. Our defensemen stood in front of me and were just waiting for the rebound," Kiprusoff said. "When I made saves they were careful with the rebounds."

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