Chimera Wins It; Jackets To Face Detroit on Saturday

Friday, 03.24.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Chimera Wins It; Jackets To Face Detroit on Saturday
(AP) -- Jason Chimera scored his career-high 15th goal with 2:47 left to help the Columbus Blue Jackets end a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Manny Malhotra and Nikolai Zherdev also scored for Columbus, which had lost three in a row at home. Adam Foote tied a career high with three assists.

Chuck Kobasew and Daymond Langkow scored for Northwest Division-leading Calgary.

On the winning goal, Chimera stuffed home a loose puck after Trevor Letowski knocked it off Roman Hamrlik's stick near the Calgary net.

Calgary scored at 1:41 of the first period, with Jarome Iginla hitting the post and Kobasew following with a power-play goal -- his 19th.

Columbus tied it early in the second period. Calgary's Robyn Regehr gloved a high puck just inside the Flames' blue line, but Malhotra stole the puck and chipped it over goalie Miikka Kiprusoff at 2:47.

Three minutes later, tempers flared behind the Calgary net when captains Foote and Iginla -- both members of Team Canada during the recent Olympics in Torino, Italy -- nearly fought.

At the 5-minute mark, Rick Nash brought the home crowd to its feet, backchecking deep into the Columbus zone to thwart a Flames' breakaway. He then carried the puck the length of the ice and nearly beat Kiprusoff.

Moments later, Regehr almost atoned for his earlier mistake, stepping out of the penalty box into a breakaway, but Marc Denis made the save.

The Flames recaptured the lead on Langkow's 21st of the season at 6:26.

The Blue Jackets quickly responded, with Zherdev tipping home Foote's shot from the blue line a minute later to tie it. The goal was Zherdev's 26th of the season.

Penalties mounted the rest of the period with Calgary failing to convert on a 31-second, two-man advantage. After Foote's boarding penalty on Iginla expired at 15:20, Foote also skated immediately into a breakaway, but was stopped by Kiprusoff.

victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night. victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night. victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

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