The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Blue Jackets
Five key elements from the Flames-Jackets battle
When Blake Comeau was claimed off waivers by the Flames, he was pointless through 16 games with the New York Islanders. He showed promised immediately when he joined the Flames but wasn't able to produce offensively in his first three games in Calgary silks.
That all changed on Thursday. The winger notched his first point of the year when he assisted on Lee Stempniak's tying goal in the first period and then scored his first of the season in the third after an excellent individual effort along the boards.
With Mark Giordano placed on the injured reserve on Wednesday, the Flames were forced to switch things up on the blueline.
TJ Brodie was shuffled over to play with Scott Hannan and Cory Sarich returned to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 21. He played alongside Derek Smith while the Jay Bouwmeester - Chris Butler pairing stayed intact.
The Flames didn't have the start they would have liked as they gave up the game's first goal at 5:23 when Antoine Vermette potted his third of the season. They also didn't get a shot on net until the 8:47 mark.
While the Flames were able to even up the contest thanks to Stempniak's tally at 13:02, they were only able to land five shots through the opening twenty minutes.
They also took the only minor penalty called in the first period. Sarich was called for cross-checking late in the frame and the Blue Jackets were able to get two of their 15 shots while on the man advantage.
Coming into the game, Rene Bourque was scoreless in his last five contests and pointless in four. That changed late in the second period when he was able to give his club their second of the night with a bomb of a shot.
Taking a pass from Alex Tanguay in the neutral zone, Bourque zoomed into the Blue Jackets zone and took a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle. The howitzer beat Curtis Sanford high glove side and gave Bourque his seventh goal of the season, tying him with Jarome Iginla and Curtis Glencross for the team lead in goals.
Nikita Nikitin and Rick Nash scored in the last five minutes of the third period, pushing the game to overtime. Sanford carried his team from that point forward, stopping five shots in extra time and then denying Tanguay, Stempniak and Bourque in the shootout.