The Game Rush: Flames vs. Blue Jackets

An in-depth look at the Flames-Blue Jackets tilt

Monday, 13.12.2010 / 8:53 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Blue Jackets

CALGARY, AB -- It took some extra time but the Calgary Flames ended a two-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory in overtime against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jarome Iginla notched his 14th of the season when he scored the game-winner at 3:49 of the extra frame.

Iginla also got his club started at 2:20 mark of the first period. Taking a pass from Mikael Backlund, Iginla sent a rocket of a wrist shot towards the net, beating Steve Mason high. Mark Giordano also earned a helper on the game's opening goal.

Calgary kept the pressure up in the opening minutes and Brendan Morrison potted his fifth of the campaign at 4:25. The veteran deked around a Columbus defender, shot and beat Mason on the far, low side. Niklas Hagman and Anton Babchuk assisted.

Morrison's goal marked the end of Mason's night and he was replaced with Mathieu Garon.

Antoine Vermette got the Blue Jackets on the board at 18:45 of the middle frame with a short-handed goal. Andrew Murray drove behind the Flames net, passed off to Vermette and the forward wasted no time in sending a one-timer past Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Blue Jackets notched the equalizer with just 4:19 remaining in regulation, forcing overtime. Rick Nash wired a hard slap shot over Kiprusoff's glove while Columbus was on their first power play of the game.

Iginla's goal in overtime was just one part of an extraordinarily exciting sequence by the Flames.

Cory Sarich started the play by faking two shots before sending on net. The rebound went to Giordano at the blueline and he dished it off to Iginla, who was waiting at the half-wall. Iginla cycled around the zone and passed it back to Giordano, who had moved up behind the goal line. The bluleliner saw Sarich jump into the play and he put the puck towards Sarich in the slot. The puck bounced off his stick to Alex Tanguay and the winger made an outstanding back pass to Iginla, who had burst into the slot all alone.

Garon had committed to a shot from Tanguay so Iginla had a wide open net to deposit the game winner into.


After a couple of subpar games, Backlund came out with one of his strongest performances of the season on Monday and played a key role in the game's opening goal.

Giordano grabbed the puck in the defensive zone along the boards and quickly took at a look at his passing options. He saw Backlund skating through the neutral zone and passed the puck off to the young forward. Backlund skated into the offensize zone and spotted Iginla skate in, left completely unattended by the Columbus defence. He threw the puck over to his captain and Iginla ripped a hard wrist shot over Mason's shoulder.

The Flames looked to their captain to lead them out of their winless streak and he did just that. Iginla was a man possessed all evening, creating chances on almost every shift, playing a sound defensive game and contributing on the scoresheet.

Iginla scored the opening goal, the game winner, had 3 shots on net and 1 hit in 24:09 of ice time. He was a +1 on the night.

Iginla is riding a 8 game point streak heading into Thursday's tilt with the Maple Leafs.

Giordano pushed his shot blocks to 86 on the season after throwing himself in front of 7 blasts from the Blue Jackets.

Brendan Morrison needs 8 more goals to reach 200 in his career.

Robyn Regehr needs 14 more games to pass Theoren Fleury (791) for 3rd all-time games played for the Flames.

With his helper on Iginla's overtime goal, Sarich pushed his assists total to 6 on the season.


"It's really key for us. We know we need to put some wins together and we have an opportunity here, playing these games at home and playing teams that we want to potentially catch. This is a really important win for us and now we keep going." - Iginla on how important it is to start this three-game home stand with a win




 
Thursday, Dec. 16 vs. Toronto
  7:30 PM MT (SNET Flames, FAN 960)

On Thursday, the Flames will welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Scotiabank Saddledome, marking the first time Dion Phaneuf will play against his former squad. Phaneuf was dealt the Leafs in a blockbuster seven-player deal on Jan. 31. Matt Stajan, drafted by the Leafs in 2002, will also be playing against his old team for the first time since the deal.

The last time the Leafs visited Calgary was Jan. 2 when the Flames handed them a 3-1 loss.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM MT on Sportsnet Flames & The FAN 960.
13 Goals this season for Jarome Iginla.
2 Straight games Matt Stajan has been a healthy scratch.
4:47 Time remaining in regulation when the Flames took their first penalty of the game - Adam Pardy was called for hooking.
250 Career wins for Miikka Kiprusoff.
14:23 Ice time for Mikael Backlund. He had 1 assist, 2 shots and 57 win percentage on the night.

1st Star
Jarome Iginla
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 1 3
2nd Star
Rick Nash
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 0 5
3rd Star
Jay Bouwmeester
G A P +/- Shots
0 0 0 -1 0

BLUE JACKETS
Mathieu Garon
SA SV GA TOI SV%
21 20 1 59:24 .952

FLAMES
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA SV GA TOI SV%
24 22 2 63:41 .916