CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) — Captain Jarome Iginla scored two
goals and set up two others and Mike Cammalleri recorded a goal
and two assists to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 triumph over
the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
Defenseman Dion Phaneuf also tallied and Miikka Kiprusoff made
28 saves for the Flames, who have won three games in a row and
six of their last eight.
“Their best players were their best players tonight,” Columbus
coach Ken Hitchcock said. “That’s what they needed. Kiprusoff
was really good early, Iginla and Cammalleri were very good, and
Phaneuf was very good. They had it going.”
R.J. Umberger scored and rookie Steve Mason stopped 24 shots for
the Blue Jackets, who opened their three-game trip through
Western Canada on a sour note after winning six of their
previous eight contests.
Phaneuf snapped a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal with 8:03 left
in the second period after orchestrating a give-and-go with
Cammalleri along the left wing boards. Phaneuf skated into the
high slot and unleashed a slap shot past Mason, who was screened
by David Moss.
“I’m a firm believer that power-play goals go in most time
because of a great screen and I think that’s what Moss did
there,” Cammalleri said.
Cammalleri provided the two-goal bulge with 4:48 remaining in
the middle session, netting his team-leading 30th goal of the
The cushion was more than enough for the Flames, who allowed
just seven shots in each of the last two periods en route to
improving to 21-7-4 at home this season.
“We got much better as the game went on, I thought we had a bit
of a slow start,” Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. “Miikka was
really sharp to begin the game and once we established the lead,
I thought we played well defensively.
“Probably the most outstanding thing I could comment on tonight
was the leadership of our group, (defenseman) Robyn (Regehr)
killing penalties, Jarome taking charge, (defenseman) Cory
Sarich and Kipper.”
Iginla added an empty-netter with 31 ticks to play for his 24th
goal of the campaign to seal the win for Calgary.
“I’m feeling the puck better, and I think as a line we’re
getting sharper and creating more chances,” Iginla said. “I
think we’re all starting to feel a lot better. Cammy’s been
going for awhile, but the rest of us are catching up.”
“I think he’s (Iginla) been solid for us all year, being a
leader and doing the intangibles that some people don’t see on a
daily basis,” Cammalleri said. “Nights like tonight, it shows
on the scoresheet. But he’s always providing for us one way or
Iginla, who has four goals in the last four games, opened the
scoring just 45 seconds into the contest. But Umberger answered
that tally less than 2 1/2 minutes later to level the contest at
“It’s a tough place to come into,” Columbus captain Rick Nash
said. “They have a good team, a good crowd and they play a
rough style. I wish I had the answer why we can’t win here.”