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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Calgary



(Wednesday, January 21st)

Final Score: Calgary 5, Columbus 4 (SO)

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Todd Bertuzzi notched the lone goal in the shootout as Calgary clipped Columbus, 5-4, in a nasty game at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Bertuzzi opened the third round by lifting a backhander over a sprawled-out Steve Mason, who appeared to go for an ill-fated poke-check on the shot. Miikka Kiprusoff ended the game by stopping Jakub Voracek.

Mike Cammalleri recorded a pair of scores for the Flames (28-14-4), who snapped a two-game slide and entered the All-Star break with five wins in seven games as the Northwest Division leader.

Jarome Iginla also tallied and Kiprusoff stopped 29 shots for his 28th win of the season.

R.J. Umberger tallied twice for the Blue Jackets (22-20-5), who slid into the break having lost three of four. Rick Nash and Voracek also scored while Mason made 27 saves in the setback.

"I thought we played great tonight for being undermanned. We really gutted it out," said Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock. "It was an even game and it deserved to go into a shootout. We're really banged up and we'll get close to a lineup back. The break will do us great. Our team deserves a lot of credit for hanging in the last batch of games."

Umberger finished off a 2-on-1 break 2:56 into the game by wristing a shot home from the left wing.

Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf was given a major and a game misconduct for boarding Umberger and with 8:09 played, but the Flames responded at 9:11 when Iginla slipped a wrister between Mason's arm and body.

Umberger struck once more for a 2-1 Jackets lead just 31 seconds later by gathering Kris Russell's wild shot off the boards and tucking it into a half- open net.

Jackets forward Derek Dorsett's face was bloodied with 9:22 left in the second period when Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr attacked him in the head with a high stick and Columbus had a four-minute advantage, but failed to convert.

Three goals in 50 seconds late in the second forged a 3-3 deadlock after Cammalleri hit the net on a power play for Calgary at 17:40, Voracek followed 10 seconds later, then David Moss countered for the Flames at 18:30.

Nash gave Columbus a 4-3 edge at 2:41 on a short-handed breakaway, but after Kiprusoff denied Umberger on a clean breakaway, Cammalleri knotted the contest with 7:25 remaining.

The best chance for either club to end the contest in overtime came when Nash missed on a chance from 10 feet midway through.

"It was a tough one, right before the break," Iginla admitted. "They always play us hard, and we didn't get off to a great start but we stayed in it, kept the momentum on our side. They were good points to get."

Game Notes

The Flames have won three of the last five meetings...Columbus played without forwards Kristian Huselius and Michael Peca...There were 20 penalties called in the contest, 11 to Columbus, resulting in 65 total penalty minutes...Calgary begins its post-break schedule next Wednesday hosting Buffalo, and Columbus hosts Detroit next Tuesday.

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