Inside The Game: Flames vs. Blue Jackets
TANGUAY, FLAMES DOWN BLUE JACKETS 4-3
COLUMBUS, OH -- The Calgary Flames had to put in a little extra time.
But good things come to those who wait.
Just 67 seconds into overtime, Alex Tanguay one-timed a Jarome Iginla offering past Sergei Bobrovsky to lift the Flames to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Thursday night.
Tanguay’s goal gave Calgary (3-3-2) its first overtime win on the road since a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on October 19th, 2010 and gives the Flames back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Breaking up the ice on a three-on-two, TJ Brodie fed Iginla and drove to the net, opening a passing lane for the Flames’ captain to find Tanguay on the far side. Tanguay made no mistake in burying his fourth goal of the season.
The Flames rebounded after letting a one-goal lead slip late.
After Lee Stempniak’s rocket from the top of the faceoff circle midway through the frame gave Calgary a third period lead, Vaclav Prospal responded just over two minutes later to tie the game.
It was the second time Columbus (3-6-2) responded almost instantaneously after the Flames took the lead.
Scoring his first career National Hockey League goal just 4:19 into the game, Roman Cervenka spotted Calgary an early lead. That edge lasted just 23 seconds after Matt Calvert beat starting goalie Leland Irving to tie the game at one.
The Blue Jackets took the lead midway through the period with Mark Letestu’s power play marker beat a sprawling Irving in his first start of the season.Both Irving and the Flames rebounded in the second after Mikael Backlund buried a rebound off a Brodie point shot to knot the game 2-2.
After Stempnia’s goal in the third period, Prospal found the back of the net to force Tanguay’s overtime heroics.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Cervenka deflected a heavy blast from the point off the stick of Dennis Wideman behind Bobrovsky just 4:19 into the game for his first career National Hockey League goal.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Irving fired out the left pad to deny Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov’s power play attempt from just a few feet out to keep Calgary to within one midway through the second period.
HIT OF THE GAME
Killing a penalty in the second period, Wideman crunched RJ Umberger along the end boards to neutralize the Blue Jackets forward.
Taking a cross-ice feed from Iginla in overtime, Tanguay one-timed the pass, firing the puck through Bobrovsky to give Calgary back-to-back victories.
For the first time since January 2004, the Flames were without goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff due to injury. Kiprusoff, out with a lower-body injury, is day-today. Also day-to-day is Mike Cammalleri, who missed the game with an ailing hip flexor. Cory Sarich was a healthy scratch for the game.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"It's really special. I'm really happy for Roman."
- Stempniak on Cervenka's first career NHL goal
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Despite playing just 5:24 against Columbus, Tim Jackman recorded a game-high six hits on the Blue Jackets.
The Flames finish up on their three-game road trip against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (8 p.m. MT, CBC).