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
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
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-
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."
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.
01/22 01:35:04 ET