NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Calgary
(Wednesday, February 1st)
Final Score: Columbus 2, Calgary 1 (SO)
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Marc Denis made 36 saves and kept Calgary off the scoreboard during the shootout, as Columbus downed the Flames, 2-1, at the Saddledome.
Nikolai Zherdev scored in regulation while Jaroslav Balastik and Rick Nash recorded shootout tallies for the Blue Jackets, who tied a franchise record with their fourth straight win.
Columbus won four straight games just two other times in franchise history. The last occurrence came from March 21-27, 2004.
"This says a lot to come into this building and play the game the way we did, and I think we frustrated them at times," Denis said.
Jarome Iginla had the lone goal for Calgary, which has dropped four of its last five. Netminder Miikka Kiprusoff came up with 19 saves in the loss.
Following a fruitless overtime, Balastik started the shootout with a snapshot from straight on that deflected off Kiprusoff before trickling over the goal line to give Columbus the edge.
Tony Amonte's backhand attempt was denied on Calgary's first try by a sprawling Denis, and Nash then upped the Jackets' advantage with a backhand of his own that found room inside the left post.
Iginla had a chance to extend the session but his hard shot bounced right into the chest of Denis to end the game.
The Flames drew first blood 5:26 into the contest, as Iginla registered his 24th goal of the season with a wrister from the right side that sailed above Denis' left shoulder.
The score remained 1-0 until late in the second period, when the Blue Jackets cashed in on a 5-on-3 opportunity with a goal from Zherdev.
Calgary defensemen Robyn Regehr and Rhett Warrener were both whistled for delay of game within six seconds of one another to set up the two-man advantage. After sustaining heavy pressure Columbus finally capitalized, as Zherdev blasted a one-timer from the left circle that beat Kiprusoff near side with 3:17 to play in the stanza.
The goaltenders took over from there, stonewalling their respective opponents for the rest of regulation to force overtime.
The Flames gained a man-advantage with 3:51 remaining in the extra session after David Vyborny was whistled for tripping, but could not get the puck past Denis despite several chances.
On Wednesday, the Flames sent center Steven Reinprecht and goaltender Philippe Sauve to Phoenix for goaltender Brian Boucher and left wing Mike Leclerc.
Columbus president and general manager Doug MacLean is expected to sign a new long-term contract within the next few days. The former Jackets head coach, who stepped down from that position in favor of Gerard Gallant earlier in the season after a poor start, is in the final year of his current contract...The Flames are 18-5-2 at the Saddledome this season...Columbus is 7-18-2 as the visiting team this season.
02/02 01:39:16 ET