Flames edged in the shootout

Sunday, 18.03.2012 / 7:38 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
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Flames edged in the shootout

2011-12 Game No. 73; Home Game No. 36
Flames Record: 34-26-13

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT - ALL TIED UP! STAJAN POTS THE EQUALIZER!
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CALGARYFLAMES.COM 3 STARS
1st STAR
STEVE MASON

GOALTENDER - CBJ
SHOTS FACED: 31 | SAVES MADE: 30
SAVE PERCENTAGE: .968

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2nd STAR
MATT STAJAN
CENTER - CGY
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | SHOTS: 3 | +/-: +1
TOI: 22:06 | FACEOFF WINS: 8 (73%)

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3rd STAR
ANTON BABCHUK
DEFENCE - CGY
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 0 | SHOTS: 1 | +/-: 0
TOI: 17:56 | ATTEMPTED SHOTS: 6

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CALGARY, AB -- Cam Atkinson scored the shootout winner and Steve Mason made 28 saves after coming in for an injured Curtis Sanford as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Sunday night.

Nikita Nikitin scored for Columbus, which was playing on back-to-back nights. The Blue Jackets lost 4-3 Saturday night in Vancouver.

Matt Stajan scored for Calgary (34-26-13), which snapped a four-game home winning streak.

It was a costly weekend for Calgary's playoff aspirations in the congested Western Conference. The Flames remained in 11th place after dropping two straight, including Friday's 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Sanford was hurt early in the first period and did not return.

Atkinson, the Blue Jackets' 22-year-old rookie, scored by faking a shot, then going to his forehand to put the puck past Miikka Kiprusoff.

Jarome Iginla was Calgary's last hope but - just like Alex Tanguay, Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencros before him - his shot was stopped by Mason.

Calgary tied it 1-1 at 8:34 of the third when Glencross centered a pass to Stajan, whose quick shot went off Mason's shoulder and in. It was the seventh goal of the season for Stajan, four of them coming in his last six games.

Stajan has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his last 13 games after picking up just six points in the season's first 39 games.

Up until that point, it looked as though Mason was going to steal the win for the Blue Jackets in regulation, after starting the game on the bench.

Sanford, who had beaten Calgary twice this year, exited the game with a lower-body injury with 5:23 left in the first period after facing two shots. He appeared to injure a leg while involved in a scramble to the side of the net.

Mason was considerably busier right away, turning aside all five shots he faced the remainder of the period.

The second period was more of the same as Calgary held a 16-3 edge in shots, but still could not solve Mason.

The only goal of the first two periods came from Nikitin at 13:03 of the first. Bret Lebda slid a pass from the blue line to Nikitin, who one-timed a hard slap shot past Kiprusoff.

Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski left the game with 12 minutes remaining after a Stajan shot hit him in the mouth.

Calgary's roster had a different look with veteran Lee Stempniak back after missing 21 games with an ankle injury. However, Tanguay left immediately after getting elbowed in the head by Jared Boll in the Blue Jackets zone 6:31 into the second period.

That seemed to spark the Flames, who showed more emotion and greater urgency after that, outshooting Columbus 11-2 over the final 13-plus minutes of that period.


PHOTO OF THE GAME
BY THE NUMBERS
STAT OF THE NIGHT
The Flames absolutely dominated the Blue Jackets during the second period, outshooting Columbus by a 16-3 margin. The three shots Miikka Kiprusoff did face couldn't be called quality scoring opportunities, either.

In addition to those 16 shots, they attempted 24 more in the frame. Those shots were either blocked or went wide.

FLAMES LEADERS
Icetime -- Bouwmeester (28:52)
Shots -- Comeau (7)
Hits -- Sarich (3)
Blocks -- Smith, Hannan, Bouwmeester (2)
Takeaways -- Iginla, Comeau, Kostopoulos, Stajan (1)
Faceoff Wins -- Jokinen (16, 57%)
TWEET OF THE NIGHT:
@KCWalt:
Desbiens is a beast! Uses that left like a pro!


FLAMES LINEUP VS. COLUMBUS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Tanguay Matt Stajan Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Tom Kostopoulos
Lee Stempniak David Moss Blake Comeau
Greg Nemisz Roman Horak Guillaume Desbiens
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Jay Bouwmeester Derek Smith
Mark Giordano Scott Hannan
Anton Babchuk Cory Sarich
Goaltenders: Miikka Kiprusoff, Henrik Karlsson
Starting Lineup: Kiprusoff, Hannan, Giordano, Glencross, Jokinen, Kostopoulos
POWERPLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Jarome Iginla
Lee Stempniak Matt Stajan Blake Comeau
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Mark Giordano Alex Tanguay
PENALTY KILL UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Tom Kostopoulos Blake Comeau
Alex Tanguay Curtis Glencross
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Jay Bouwmeester Scott Hannan
Mark Giordano Cory Sarich