NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Columbus
(Friday, March 24th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Calgary 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Chimera tallied the game-winning goal late in the third period to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena.
Manny Malhotra and Nikolai Zherdev scored the other goals for Columbus, which put an end to a five-game losing streak. Marc Denis made 26 saves for the Blue Jackets.
Chuck Kobasew and Daymond Langkow scored for the Flames, who lost for the second time in their last three games. Miikka Kiprusoff allowed three goals on 28 shots in the loss.
With the score tied at 2-2 late in the final frame, Chimera put the Blue Jackets in front to stay with his 15th goal of the season. At the right side of the net, Trevor Letowski made a nifty backhand pass in front and Chimera whacked the disc past Kiprusoff on his glove side with just 2:47 left in the game.
"Letowski threw it in front and it bounced and kind of laid there in the crease," said Chimera. "I just kind of batted it home. It was nice to see the puck just laying there for you."
Shortly after Chimera's goal, Calgary defenseman Cale Hulse was penalized four minutes for high sticking Malhotra. The Flames still pulled Kiprusoff with about a minute left, but that only made it a 5-on-5 game with Hulse in the box, and they could not generate any scoring chances.
The Flames drew first blood just 1:41 into the contest with a power-play goal. From the left point, Robyn Regehr fluttered a shot on net that Kobasew deflected past a screened Denis from in front.
Malhotra tied things up at 1-1 just 2:47 into the second stanza. With the puck loose in front of the Calgary net, a diving Malhotra managed to get his stick on the disc and chip it over the left shoulder of Kiprusoff for the goal.
The Flames jumped back in front on a deflection goal by Langkow at the 6:26 mark of the second. Just 1:20 later, the Blue Jackets evened the score as Zherdev pumped in a rebound in front after Adam Foote's blast from the point was stopped.
"We really battled hard," said Columbus head coach Gerard Gallant. "We have 12 games left and I expect this kind of effort in every one of them."
Columbus evened the season series at 2-2 and won for only the third time in the last eight meetings between the teams overall...Foote assisted on all three Blue Jackets goals...Columbus went 0-for-7 on the power play while the Flames went 1-for-8 on the man advantage.
03/24 22:16:58 ET