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NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Columbus



(Friday, October 7th)

Final Score: Calgary 3, Columbus 1

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Daymond Langkow scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and assisted on another score as Calgary downed Columbus 3-1 at Nationwide Arena.

Free-agent signee Darren McCarty netted his first Flames goal and Andrew Ference had a pair of assists for Calgary, which rebounded from Wednesday's 6-3 loss at Minnesota on Wednesday to spoil the Blue Jackets' home season opener.

Columbus, which was playing without star forward Rick Nash, received 35 saves from Marc Denis in defeat. Nash sat out the contest with a high ankle sprain.

The Blue Jackets began their 2005-06 campaign with a 3-2 setback at Washington on Wednesday.

With the teams tied at 1-1 in the final period, Jarome Iginla took a pass from Ference and rushed towards the net. Denis made the initial stop, but Langkow knocked home the rebound to put the Flames in front with 15:16 left to play. It was his second goal in as many games.

Columbus had four shots in the last two minutes, but couldn't draw even. The best scoring chance came with just over a minute to play, but Jan Hrdina was stopped from close range by Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who made 19 saves in the victory.

The Flames then forced a turnover in the Columbus zone, and McCarty beat Denis on a 2-on-1 with 25 seconds left in the game to seal the win.

Calgary outshot the Blue Jackets 25-13 over the first two periods, but managed to beat Denis only once, when Shean Donovan blasted home a 40-footer from the left side less than two minutes into the second session for a 1-0 lead. Langkow and Tony Amonte received assists.

Columbus began the third period on the power play because of a too many men on the ice call against the Flames with 1:31 remaining in the second. The Blue Jackets cashed in with only two seconds to go on the man-advantage, as Nikolai Zherdev sent a shot from the point that bounced off Calgary defenseman Jordan Leopold's skate in front of the net. Trevor Letowski tapped in the loose puck to tie the score with just 27 seconds elapsed in the stanza.

Game Notes

Amonte and Ference each have notched three assists over the first two games...The Flames went 0-for-8 on the power play, while Columbus finished 1- of-5...Calgary won three of the four meetings between the clubs in 2003-04.

10/07 22:15:13 ET

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