The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Blue Jackets
Five key elements from the Flames clash with the Jackets
Henrik Karlsson was given his fourth start of the season but could not manage to pick his first win of the year. The goalie stopped 26 shots in the loss. He is now 0-3-1 this campaign. The defeat puts his GAA at 2.95 and his save percentage at .907.
Karlsson earned his first NHL victory in Columbus on Oct. 22, 2010 when the Flames defeated the Blue Jackets by a score of 6-2.
The Blue Jackets have talked a lot about how their game has turned around since their disastrous start to the 2011-12 campaign and they proved that wasn't just lip service right from puck drop.
Jeff Carter and Antoine Vermette both beat Karlsson within the opening 7:00 to give their club a two-goal cushion going into the second period.
Carter's goal came after he sent a quick shot through the legs of Flames defenceman Chris Butler. Vermette's marker was the product of a pretty move at the side of the net in which he scooped up the puck, flipped it between his legs and threw it over a sprawling Karlsson's glove.
Both forwards notched their second of the year with their tallies.
Early in the second period, the Flames have Columbus a golden opportunity with the man advantage and they didn't waste it.
TJ Brodie, called for an illegal hit to the head, and Alex Tanguay, nabbed for hooking, took minor penalties within 51 seconds of each other. The resulting 1:09 5-on-3 power play ended up putting the Flames in a three-goal hole.
Carter picked up his second goal of the net after snapping in a Vinny Prospal rebound from the side of the net.
Mark Giordano helped boost the Flames tepid power play record to nine goals in 65 chances with his second period tally.
The Flames time with the man advantage is much more impressive than their home record. In nine road games, they've amassed seven power play goals on 23 opportunities. Within the confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome, they have just two goals through 42 power plays.
The winger assisted on Giordano's second period goal and earned his 700th career point. He now has 222 in Flames silks.
In addition to his time in Calgary, Tanguay has played for the Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lighting. He has surpassed the 20-goal mark six times in his 12 year career and has hit the 50-point plateau eight times.