POST GAME: Flames 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)

Alex Tanguay scores the game winner in overtime as Columbus falls to 1-2-1 on its six-game home stand

Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 9:35 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

FLAMES (3-3-2) 4, BLUE JACKETS (3-6-2) 3 -- OVERTIME

NATIONWIDE ARENA | COLUMBUS, OH

ATTENDANCE: 10,484




This one will sting a little bit.

A decent first period followed by a lackluster second period set the stage for an entertaining third period tonight at Nationwide Arena, but one mistake in overtime cost the Blue Jackets a second point. Alex Tanguay buried a cross-ice feed from Jarome Iginla after Columbus got caught up-ice and gave the Flames a 4-3 win after facing a late third period power play from the home side.

With 1:50 left in regulation, the Blue Jackets got their chance: Lee Stempniak was called for holding as Matt Calvert drove hard to the net and put Columbus on the power play for the duration -- but they could not get anything going. Their best opportunity came seconds after the power play had expired in overtime, when Artem Anisimov sent a backhand pass into the slot for a wide open Fedor Tyutin, but the shot missed the target and Calgary countered the other way.

Columbus shook off an opening goal from Roman Cervenka at 4:19 of the first period to carry a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Calvert tied the game 25 seconds after the Cervenka tally and Mark Letestu began his stellar night with a power play goal at 9:37, and at the time, momentum was firmly in the Blue Jackets' favor. They were hitting, skating well, and played a clean game between the blue lines to take away the stretch pass that Calgary went back to all night long.

The Flames rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the third period on a wicked shot by Stempniak off the rush. With four seconds left in a Calgary power play, Stempniak flew solo down the right side and cranked a slap shot high over Sergei Bobrovsky to give the Flames their first lead since the Cervenka goal -- but the Blue Jackets let it roll off them. Letestu set up the tying goal 11 minutes into the third period on a great play in the neutral zone, leading the rush into the attacking end before dropping a pass to Vinny Prospal in the high slot. Prospal took one look and snapped a shot past Irving to draw Columbus even again




The late-game power play was the biggest and most crucial juncture of the hockey game. Columbus didn't execute well and couldn't establish any presence in the Flames end, and their best chance went by the wayside.




- Tim Erixon picked up a point for the second straight game, earning a helper on the Calvert opening goal. He was a +2 on the night, as well, and logged all but six seconds of his ice time at even strength.

- Fedor Tyutin and Nikita Nikitin were the horses on the back end tonight for Columbus. In his first game back from injury, Nikitin logged 27:53 and fired a game-high seven shots on goal. Tyutin led all players with 29:13 (a season high for him) but was a -2 on the night.

- One of Letestu's best games in quite some time, perhaps since he joined the Blue Jackets last season. He deservedly played up in the lineup alongside Prospal and Calvert and the trio was one of Columbus' most effective lines tonight. Letestu picked up a goal and an assist with a +2 rating in nearly 17 minutes of ice time.




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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
B. Dubinsky 4 1 5 1 6
J. Johnson 4 3 2 1 5
R. Johansen 4 2 3 0 5
B. Jenner 4 2 2 -2 4
M. Calvert 4 2 1 3 3
D. Savard 4 0 3 2 3
M. Letestu 4 1 1 -1 2
C. Atkinson 4 1 1 2 2
J. Wisniewski 4 0 2 -4 2
A. Anisimov 4 0 2 -1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 2 2 0 .900 3.22
 
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