Blue Jackets 3, Flames 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Mathieu Garon
made 29 saves in his debut as the Blue Jackets’ No. 1 goalie, and Columbus snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Tuesday night.
, Jared Boll
and Rostislav Klesla
, scored for Columbus, which had only two wins in 12 games.
Olli Jokinen had the lone goal for Calgary, which lost its third straight.
Rookie Henrik Karlsson made 34 stops in his seventh outing of the season for the Flames, who have the worst road record in the Western Conference (5-11-3). Calgary has dropped five consecutive games and nine of 11 on the road.
Garon, a 10-year NHL veteran who won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009, took over the starting job from the struggling Steve Mason
Mason was pulled in three of his last four starts, and his goals-against average and save percentage have dropped to near the bottom of the league. The 2009 rookie of the year in the NHL has been replaced in games a league-high 12 times the last two seasons.
Voracek opened the scoring with his sixth goal at 5:14 of the first. He curled off the half boards, skated past two defenders on his way to the high slot, and wristed a shot past Karlsson’s glove hand. The goal was Voracek’s first in 13 games and it marked the second time in 11 games that the Blue Jackets scored first.
The Flames nearly got on the board early in the second period, but Garon got just enough of Curtis Glenncross’ slap shot to deflect it off the post.
Columbus converted its best chance of the period to make it 2-0. After a faceoff win in the Calgary zone, Tom Sestito
threw a hard-angled shot at the net that caromed off the right post. The puck landed at the feet of Boll, who jammed it in at 11:18 for his third goal.
Five minutes later, with Antoine Vermette
serving his second interference penalty of the period, Jokinen took a cross-ice pass from Jarome Iginla and shot a one-timer from the right circle inside the near post.
Late in the game, the Flames failed to take advantage of a power play. Garon smothered a shot with traffic in front as the penalty expired.
Klesla made it 3-1 with an empty-net goal in the final minute.
NOTES: The Flames played the second of a three-game road trip. They lost 4-1 to the Wild on Monday. … The Blue Jackets are 9-8-1 at home. … Calgary had won four of five meetings between the teams and two straight in Columbus. … The Blue Jackets are 13-2 when scoring first.
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