BLUE JACKETS BEST FLAMES 5-1
CALGARY -- Nick Foligno was looking for an opportunity to break out. He got that chance against the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
Scoreless in his last five games and with just one goal in his last 16 games, Foligno struck twice in a span of 51 seconds in the second period to help lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Flames 5-1 at Nationwide Arena.
The win moves Columbus above .500 for the first time since April 5, 2011 and extends the Blue Jackets' consecutive games with at least a point to 12. As a result, the Flames have lost nine straight away from Scotiabank Saddledome.
After Steve Begin struck iron in the Columbus zone, Foligno hauled the puck up ice, cut to the net and slipped the puck through the pads of Kiprusoff to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead at 13:05. It took Foligno less than a minute to tack on another, extending the lead to two.
Artem Anisimov didn't ease Calgary's pain, stepping into a Flames turnover and wiring the puck by the blocker of Kiprusoff to make it 4-1.
All three goals came in a span of 1:15.
After setting up a goal in the first period, Colton Gilles added one for himself in the third period. From the slot, Gillies beat Kiprusoff for his first of the season to extend the lead to four with 6:46 remaining in the game.
A pair of particularly pretty stops from the goaltenders at both ends kept the game scoreless through much of the first period.
Bobrovsky made a nice glove save off Jay Bouwmeester's one-timer midway through the first period. Kiprusoff answered the save with a dandy of his own, making a stop from point-blank range off Anisimov, who took a feed from Cam Atkinson behind the net. Kiprusoff flashed his left pad to keep the game scoreless with 6:35 remaining in the period.
But he couldn't stop Jared Boll three minutes later.
After TJ Brodie fanned on a clearing attempt, Derek MacKenzie poked the puck to Gilles, who fed Boll a pass he walked into and wired by the blocker of Kiprusoff to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Glencross finished off a nifty passing play between he, Stajan and Stempniak, tapping the puck into a virtually empty net to temporarily tie the game 4:24 into the second period.
SAVE OF THE GAME
With 6:35 remaining in the first period, Cam Atkinson centered a pass from behind the net onto the stick of Artem Anisimov at the top of the crease. Anisimov unloaded quickly, but was denied by Kiprusoff's left pad to keep the game scoreless.
HIT OF THE GAME
In the dying seconds of a tough second period for the Flames, a frustrated Mark Giordano crunched Derick Brassard hard along the boards just inside the Calgary zone.
Foligno's pair of goals in a span of 51 seconds stunned Calgary in the second period and when Animisov added another 24 seconds later, the Flames couldn't recover.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
"Just like deja vu. It's turnovers in our own zone and the puck is in our net. Ther'es not much more to say tonight than the Dallas and the Nashville game. It seems like it's our road recipe."
STAT OF THE GAME
Mike Cammalleri went 12-6 in the game in the faceoff dot for a 67 per cent success rate, highest among skaters in the game taking more than one draw.
Calgary returns to Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday when they host the St. Louis Blues (6 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before heading back on the road to take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (6:30 p.m. MT, SNET-W).
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