POST GAME: vs. Calgary

Brassard scores lone goal; Wisniewski hits post in shootout

Tuesday, 12.27.2011 / 10:25 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

Blame the slow start on the holiday break, back-to-back games or the start of a road trip for the visiting team. But once tonight’s game eventually got going, it was fun to watch.

The third period and overtime were spirited in a game between two conference foes, but the Calgary Flames got the difference-maker in the shootout from Jarome Iginla and beat the Blue Jackets 2-1 at Nationwide Arena. A boisterous crowd of 16,985 was involved in the third period as the two teams traded odd-man chances and power play opportunities, including a handful of near-misses by Columbus.

Iginla’s backhand-to-forehand deke fooled Steve Mason on Calgary’s first shootout attempt, and it was the only marker in the skills contest. Mark Letestu (pad save), Rick Nash (missed net) and James Wisniewski (crossbar) couldn’t beat Miikka Kiprusoff, who made 27 saves and was named the game’s No. 1 star.

Columbus opened the scoring at 12:02 of the second period after its first and second power-play units just missed cashing in. It was a scattered group on the ice, but Letestu was able to dig a loose puck out of the slot and find Derick Brassard in the right circle. His wrist shot beat Kiprusoff short-side through a screen set by R.J. Umberger and put a jolt through the building.

The Blue Jackets carried that lead into the second intermission, but the Flames’ fresh legs came to life early in the third. Calgary’s red-hot top line converted on the power play at 3:06 on a backhander from Iginla that somehow slid under Mason’s body and in. Columbus had its chances as time wound down, but the Flames put the pressure on in overtime.

Mason made spectacular saves on Blake Comeau and Chris Butler alone in the slot to prevent the game-winning tally and force the game to the shootout. He made 25 saves and earned third-star honors.

We may never know what Flames coach Brent Sutter said to his troops in the locker room after the second period, but his rested club came out aggressive on the forecheck in the third period. Derek MacKenzie tripped up Curtis Glencross and put the Flames on the power play, a sequence they would use to get back in the game.

Iginla’s goal energized the Flames bench and made for an entertaining, seesaw third period and overtime.

Columbus scored the game’s first goal for the 18th time this season. The Blue Jackets are now 8-7-3 in those games, while going 3-10-3 when tied after the first period and 7-5-3 when leading after two periods.

The Blue Jackets' record against Calgary is pretty impressive, but the shootout loss drops the overall to 15-4-3 at Nationwide Arena. Columbus leads the all-time series 22-16-5.

Brassard has goals in two of the last four games with his fourth of the year tonight, snapping a 17-game goalless skid. He has 2-4-6 the last eight games after being held to 2-2-4 the first 20 games of the season.

Letestu has assists in back-to-back games after recording an assist on Brassard’s goal. He has helpers in three of the past four games after going without an assist in the previous 24 games. Letestu has 1-3-4 the last seven games.

Ryan Johansen has points in two of the last three games after picking up the secondary assist on the Brassard goal. He has 2-1-3 the last three games after going pointless the 10 games prior.

Mason is 2-2-1 with a 1.77 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in his last five home starts, after going 2-5-1 with a 3.12 goals-against average and .887 save percentage his first eight starts at Nationwide Arena.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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