The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Blue Jackets

Tuesday, 27.12.2011 / 7:02 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Blue Jackets





QUIET FIRST PERIOD

The first period was a scoreless affair with a combined shot total of 12.

The Flames, who landed five shots on Steve Mason, were led by Rene Bourque who threw two pucks on net.

Calgary drew the lone penalty in the stanza but their power play flat-lined as they were unable generate any quality scoring opportunities.

UNDISCIPLINED SECOND PERIOD

The Flames took three minor penalties before the halfway mark of the second period and it ended up burning them.

Calgary escaped the first two penalties unscathed but the third infraction played a key role in the game's first goal.

Cory Sarich was called for elbowing at 9:56 and while Columbus wasn't able to capitalize with the man advantage, they scored just seconds after the defenceman stepped out of the sin bin.

Derrick Brassard sent a shot through a screen, beating Miikka Kiprusoff at 12:02.

Calgary took one more minor after the Brassard tally, successfully killing it off.

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT REEL SAVE FOR KIPPER

Early in the second period, Kiprusoff made one his finest saves of the season while the Blue Jackets had the man advantage.

Columbus captain sent a shot towards a yawning cage but the netminder slid across the blue paint to make an exceptional blocker save on the forward.

IGGY! IGGY! IGGY!

Jarome Iginla is now just two goals shy of 500 thanks to his tying goal early in the third frame. The captain has been red hot as of late, notching six points in his last five games and is tied for the Flames lead in goals scored with Curtis Glencross with 14.

OLLI! OLLI! OLLI!

Olli Jokinen extended his points streak to seven games on Tuesday night, picking up the primary assist on Iginla's power play marker in the third period.

The pivot now has 10 points in his last seven outings and is leading the team in scoring with 31 points through 37 contests this season.