Flames rip Jackets

STEVE MACFARLANE

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

When the puck crossed the goal-line less than two minutes in, you knew it was going to be a good night for the Calgary Flames.

Tony Amonte's tally didn't count -- he sideswiped it with his skate to beat Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Ty Conklin 1:44 into the game -- but the ice had been broken, so to speak.

Before the horn announced the end of the first period, the Flames had a three-goal lead and went on to win 6-2 in front of 19,289 at the Saddledome.

Defenceman Robyn Regehr had a hand in each of those first-period scores -- including his first goal in 62 contests -- for the second three-point night of his career.

The hulking defenceman ripped a hard shot from the point into an empty cage after Jackets blueliner Adam Foote took out his own goaltender in a collision and Alex Tanguay's centring pass from behind the net went through the crease and up the middle to Regehr.

Unfortunately, Regehr wasn't around to celebrate on the ice with his teammates.

Both he and Dion Phaneuf left the game in the third period with undisclosed injuries.

Phaneuf left quietly early in the frame, while Regehr went off after being knocked into the boards awkwardly by Gilbert Brule.

Regehr's marker came 19 seconds after Jarome Iginla celebrated his return to the lineup on the powerplay with his 24th of the season. The captain kicked Craig Conroy's pass from the slot onto his stick and snapped a shot past Conklin inside the far post.

It marked the first time the Flames' former dynamic duo has connected since the 2004 playoffs.

Mark Giordano gave the home side a three-goal cushion with a second goal with the man-advantage, taking a pass from Regehr and patiently working his way close enough to rifle a wrist shot top shelf over Conklin's blocker on the far side.

The Flames' other potent scoring line got in on the action in the second period as Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius teamed up to open a four-goal lead just 30 seconds in.

Langkow knocked the puck loose from one of the visitors inside the Blue Jackets zone and Huselius toyed with the defenders, weaving his way toward the net before dishing to Langkow. The Flames centre lifted the puck into the top of the net before Conklin could get across his crease.

It wasn't all flash and dash from the Flames, though.

There was an element of toughness in their game, too. With the score 2-0, Eric Godard dropped gloves with fellow heavyweight Jody Shelley.

Flames star netminder Miikka Kiprusoff got up-close-and personal with Zenon Konopka, who took a goaltender interference penalty seconds before Godard's first tilt.

Konopka was at it again in the second, throwing a late hit on a prone Iginla.

Godard would avenge both Konopka's questionable plays. He went straight for the pesky centre after a draw and started dropping bombs before Konopka knew what hit him.

The Flames tough guy was given the extra two minutes and a game misconduct for instigating and the Blue Jackets scored on the powerplay to make it a 5-2 deficit.

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen discovered physical punishment isn't the only method of payback.

His knee-on-knee hit in the second period left Huselius a little sore but the talented winger exacted his own revenge on the powerplay by potting his 22nd of the year.

Rhett Warrener rounded out the scoring late in the third.


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