1. Rick Nash, Blue Jackets -- Four helpers for the Jackets captain.
2. Kristian Huselius, Blue Jackets -- Assists on four goals.
3. Jason Williams, Blue Jackets -- Scored twice on the powerplay.
PENALTY KILL: D
Steve Mason wasn't the busiest goalie, but his positioning makes every save look easy.
WHY FLAMES LOST
Pick an area, any area of their game. Their penalty kill was weak. The powerplay powerless and defensively they were horrid.
GOAL OF THE GAME
LW Rick Nash's pass to C Manny Malhotra for the one-timer to open the scoring in the first period was a thing of beauty.
CALGARY -- C Warren Peters, RW Andre Roy (wrist), D Rhett Warrener (shoulder), D Mark Giordano (shoulder), LW Rene Bourque (ankle), C Wayne Primeau (foot).
COLUMBUS -- D Christian Backman, C Jiri Novotny, D Aaron Rome , C Chris Gratton, LW Fred Modin (knee), LW Jason Chimera (groin), D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (knee) and C Derick Brassard (shoulder).
WHAT IT MEANS
Thanks to some help from the St. Louis Blues, who beat Vancouver last night, the Flames remain three points ahead of the Canucks atop the Northwest Division.
LW Todd Bertuzzi returned to game action after missing 11 outings to heal a surgically scoped knee. He joined C Olli Jokinen and RW Jarome Iginla on the top line ... C Warren Peters sat out as a healthy scratch, and D Adam Pardy took a spot up front on the fourth line ... G Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled after the Blue Jackets scored a third goal 3:04 into the second period ... It seemed like Calgary hardly touched the puck. Part of the reason was their brutal faceoff percentage (27% after two periods).
BLUE JACKETS 5 FLAMES 0
1. Clb, Malhotra 11 (Nash, Huselius) 3:43
2. Clb, Williams 16 (Huselius, Nash) 12:29 (pp)
Penalties -- Leopold Cal (interference) 8:14, Phaneuf Cal (elbowing) 11:49, Huselius Clb (tripping) 14:37, Huselius Clb (high-sticking) 18:03, Peca Clb (hooking) 18:46.
3. Clb, Torres 11 (Nash, Huselius) 3:04
4. Clb, Umberger 25 (Voracek, Hejda) 14:17
Penalties -- Iginla Cal (hooking) 1:00, Jokinen Cal, Phaneuf Cal, Klesla Clb, Tyutin Clb (roughing) 4:19, Glencross Cal (slashing), Umberger Clb (interference) 8:34, Commodore Clb (hooking) 10:19, Bertuzzi Cal, Klesla Clb (fighting), Ro.Regehr Cal (roughing), Vandermeer Cal, Boll Clb (fighting, game misconduct) 15:17, Cammalleri Cal, Russell Clb, Voracek Clb (roughing, misconduct), Pardy Cal (double roughing, misconduct; served by Lundmark) 20:00.
5. Clb, Williams 17 (Nash, Huselius) 1:08 (pp)
Penalties -- Commodore Clb (hooking, holding) 8:28, Hejda Clb (hooking) 16:55.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Calgary 10 7 16--33
Columbus 13 15 8--36
Goal -- Cal: Kiprusoff (L,42-20-5)(17-14), McElhinney (3:04 second)(19-17); Clb: Mason (W,31-17-4).
Powerplays -- Cal: 0-7; Clb: 2-5.
Referees -- Dave Jackson, Frederick L'Ecuyer. Linesmen -- Thor Nelson, Mark Pare.
ATT -- 16,327 (18,144).
TOMORROW: Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames, 8 p.m., CBC, FAN 960