Calgary
Flames
42-30-10
Columbus
Blue Jackets
34-36-12

23 SOG
37 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
CGY
CBJ
game recap

Flames 3, Blue Jackets 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:12 AM

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Jarome Iginla has never had this much fun playing for Calgary. Scoring goals and dominating opponents can have that affect.

Iginla scored his team-leading 24th goal and Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves to help the Calgary Flames beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 and extend their winning streak to a season-best sixth in a row.

"It feels awesome," said Iginla, who entered second in the league with 48 points. "It's one of the most enjoyable little stretches I've been on since being here."

Adrian Aucoin and Alex Tanguay also scored for Calgary, which wrapped up a perfect six-game road trip to get one win shy of tying the franchise's longest road winning streak of seven, set in 1988. It's the team's longest winning streak away from home in nearly four years.

"It's time to go home," Flames coach Mike Keenan said. "They've put a lot of work in. We've had a lot of travel so they need a break now. Need to go home and get some rest, see their family."

Kristian Huselius had two assists for the Flames, who have only an overtime and a shootout loss in their last nine contests.

The Blue Jackets have one regulation win in their last five. They were the latest team unable to stop Iginla, who extended his goal-scoring streak to five games, and his linemates.

Keenan put the Flames' captain with Huselius and the feisty Daymond Langkow on Dec. 1. Since then, they have combined for 22 goals, 20 assists and 42 points in nine games.

"We're finding ways to win and it feels great," Iginla said.

Curtis Glengross scored for Columbus, which had difficulty creating many dangerous chances around the Calgary net.

"Our execution wasn't good," Blue Jackets' captain Adam Foote said. "They're a team that takes away the easy play and wants you to make the hard play."

Columbus didn't help its cause early, giving Calgary a lengthy two-man advantage.

Aucoin fired a slap shot from the left circle over the shoulder of Pascal Leclaire, who was screened by Iginla, at 3:37 for his sixth goal to make it 1-0.

Late in the period, three Columbus players slammed Iginla into the boards in front of the Blue Jackets' bench. The Flames took exception and Iginla was furious, immediately squaring off with Jared Boll while Calgary's Eric Nystrom tangled with Ole-Kristian Tollefsen near center ice.

Things were calm early in the second period until an unmarked Tanguay coasted into the Columbus zone and scored with a low slapshot from the left circle for his eighth at 3:49 for a four-on-four goal to increase Calgary's lead.

"It gets us back in the thick of things," he said. "It's great timing, before Christmas."

The Blue Jackets responded with their own four-on-four score three minutes later. Defenseman Kris Russell rushed the puck to the Flames blueline before passing to Glencross, who beat Kiprusoff for his sixth to put Columbus on the board.

Moments later, Kiprusoff made some of his best saves of the night, stopping Jiri Novotny on a breakaway and Sergei Fedorov's hard shot.

Iginla took back the momentum, slotting home a rebound from a hard angle at 8:59 to make it 3-1. Iginla has 10 points in his last four games.

"We played a hard road game tonight again and Kiprusoff was good when we needed him," Keenan said. "They pressed us hard and special teams had a significant difference tonight."

Notes: The Flames' Stephane Yelle played in his 800th career game. ... The Blue Jackets finished 0-for-6 on the power play and are 4-for-34 during December. ... Calgary snapped a two-game losing streak in Columbus. ... Jason Chimera played in his 195th straight game as a Blue Jacket to set a new franchise record.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:37
CGY
PPG - Adrian Aucoin (6) Snap shot - ASST: Kristian Huselius (20), Dion Phaneuf (19)
1 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
03:49
CGY
Alex Tanguay (8) Slapshot - ASST: Anders Eriksson (6), Craig Conroy (10)
2 - 0 CGY
06:39
CBJ
Curtis Glencross (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Kris Russell (5), Rostislav Klesla (6)
2 - 1 CGY
08:59
CGY
Jarome Iginla (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Kristian Huselius (21), Matthew Lombardi (11)
3 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:20
CBJ
Derek MacKenzie  Hi-sticking against  Robyn Regehr
02:45
CBJ
Adam Foote  Cross checking against  Dion Phaneuf
11:08
CGY
Anders Eriksson  Holding against  Jiri Novotny
16:58
CGY
Eric Nystrom  Roughing against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
16:58
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Fighting (maj) against  Jody Shelley
16:58
CGY
Eric Nystrom  Fighting (maj) against  Jiri Novotny
16:58
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Jarome Iginla
16:58
CBJ
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Nystrom
17:33
CBJ
Rick Nash  Hooking against  Alex Tanguay
17:33
CGY
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Kris Beech
2nd Period
03:22
CBJ
Rick Nash  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Robyn Regehr
03:22
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Roughing against  Rick Nash
06:00
CGY
Kristian Huselius  Hooking against  Nikolay Zherdev
06:08
CBJ
Jiri Novotny  Holding against  Craig Conroy
10:58
CBJ
Rick Nash  Hooking against  Kristian Huselius
18:44
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Holding against  Jiri Novotny
3rd Period
03:11
CBJ
Duvie Westcott  Hooking against  Alex Tanguay
10:08
CBJ
Jared Boll  Hi-sticking against  Robyn Regehr
10:42
CGY
Alex Tanguay  Boarding against  Adam Foote
14:12
CGY
Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Rick Nash
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 37TOI: 59:57
Saves: 36EV: 31 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .973SH: 2 - 2
Pascal Leclaire
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .870SH: 1 - 1
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