NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Columbus
(Sunday, November 9th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, Calgary 3
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Jody Shelley recorded his first-career two- goal game and Marc Denis stopped 42 shots, as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on to defeat the Calgary Flames, 4-3, at Nationwide Arena.
Andrew Cassels and Geoff Sanderson also scored for Columbus, which has won two in a row after an 0-6-0-1 slide. Cassels also added an assist.
Steven Reinprecht, Jarome Iginla and Andrew Ference tallied goals for the Flames, who have dropped three in a row.
Jamie McLennan surrendered three goals on 19 shots for Calgary before he was lifted in the second period. Dany Sabourin took over and turned aside eight of the nine shots he faced.
The Blue Jackets erupted for three goals in a span of 2:11 in the second period to grab a 4-2 lead.
Shelley's second goal of the game at 9:10 evened the contest at 2-2. The puck went behind the Calgary net and bounced off the back boards and out in front. Shelley was left unguarded at the left side of the net and fired a shot just inside the far post.
Cassels then put the Blue Jackets in front when he scored on the power play at 10:26. McLennan was able to get a pad on a shot by Sanderson, but the rebound went to Cassels, who deposited the puck under the cross bar for his first goal of the campaign.
McLennan was then replaced by Sabourin, who yielded a goal on the first shot he faced.
Sanderson increased the advantage to two goals just 55 seconds later during another Columbus power play. Following a faceoff in the Calgary zone, the puck was sent back to Sanderson at the point. Sanderson skated to the top of the slot and rifled a shot past Sabourin.
The Flames cut the deficit to 4-3 at 1:54 of the third period. Matthew Lombardi skated into the Columbus zone, circled behind the net and centered the puck to Ference, who beat Denis on a second attempt for his first tally in 47 games.
However, Calgary could not get the equalizer despite outshooting the Blue Jackets, 13-5, in the third period.
Reinprecht gave Calgary a 1-0 lead just 2:41 into the contest, as he was credited with the goal after the puck deflected off his skate and past Denis. It was the first goal for the Flames in 125 minutes.
The Blue Jackets evened the contest on the power play with 5:38 left in the first period. Shelley cut toward the net and re-directed Scott Lachance's shot past McLennan for his first goal in 53 games.
Calgary took a 2-1 lead at 6:50 of the second period. Stephane Yelle attempted a stuffer from behind the net and puck slid into the slot area. Iginla, despite being tied up, was able to get his stick on it and the puck rolled behind Denis and into the net for his fourth goal of the year.
Columbus finished 3-for-8 on the power play, while Calgary went 0-for-5 with the man advantage...The Blue Jackets have captured six of the last nine meetings between the two teams...The Flames, who opened a four-game road trip, fell to 1-6 all-time at Columbus.
11/09 19:43:51 ET