NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Columbus
(Friday, October 22nd)
Final Score: Calgary 6, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Rene Bourque registered a hat trick and tied a career-high with four points as Calgary downed Columbus, 6-2, at Nationwide Arena.
Ian White, Alex Tanguay and Niklas Hagman also tallied for the Flames, who have won three of their last four games. Jarome Iginla posted three assists while Olli Jokinen, Matt Stajan and Robyn Regehr each picked up a pair of helpers.
Henrik Karlsson's NHL debut was a successful one, as the 26-year-old undrafted Swede turned aside 20-of-22 shots.
"I thought he handled things well," Flames head coach Brent Sutter said of his rookie backup. "After the first few minutes, he settled in. He looked big in net. Aside from the first goal, where the rebound went right out into the slot, he was rock solid."
Derek Dorsett and Jan Hejda scored for the Blue Jackets, who had won three of four coming in. Steve Mason was tagged for all six goals on just 23 shots in the loss.
"They beat us to pucks all night. We made some bad decisions. We're going to have to make some tough decisions," said Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel. "Tonight they just decided to get after us, and their top people were their best people."
The Flames used the tail end of a power play to take an early lead as Bourque flipped in a shot from the left circle that Mason stopped, but the rebound came to Hagman in the slot for a successful backhander at 8:13.
Calgary went up 2-0 with 5:10 left in the first when White's one-timer from the right point hit the crossbar and bounced home, but Dorsett converted a Rostislav Klesla rebound with 3:33 to go for a 2-1 game.
Seconds after a Jackets chance hit the post, Bourque took a drop pass from Jokinen and beat Mason from 50 feet out for a 3-1 Flames edge after one period.
Mikael Backlund fed Bourque for an open look on a 2-on-1 while shorthanded and Calgary led 4-1 at 5:08 of the second period, then Bourque had a potential hat trick score wiped out late in the stanza when Hagman was called for illegal contact with Mason.
Hejda beat Karlsson just after the midway point of the third period and cut the home team's deficit to two, but Tanguay ripped a shot past Mason 1:36 later to restore Calgary's three-goal edge.
Bourque capped his trifecta by taking his own rebound in the slot and scoring to the stick side with six seconds remaining.
"I was just fortunate to get a couple of good passes," Bourque said of his feat. "Back's goal was a tap-in. Olli made a nice drop pass to me. The third one I kind of got lucky. I got a rebound off the defenseman and put it up top."
This was the third career three-goal game for the Alberta native. He also brought out the hats on December 27, 2008 at Calgary in a 6-3 win against Ottawa and at Edmonton on December 28, 2009 in a 4-1 Flames victory...Bourque also notched four points with a goal and three assists in a 5-2 win at Minnesota on March 7, 2010...Calgary returns home on Sunday to host San Jose, and Columbus heads to Chicago on Saturday.
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