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Goal No. 1 makes Jay's day

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

Scoring their first goals in Flames silks, Freddie Sjostrom and Jay Bouwmeester went about it in very different ways.

One can be seen on YouTube, posted just hours after the 6-3 Flames victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night.

The other was as understated as the guy who scored it.

Bouwmeester is the opposite of flashy.

In fact, for a guy who is averaging just under 27 minutes of ice time per game, you hardly notice him until you check the game sheet.

Another ho-hum two-point night and a plus-three rating in a surprisingly low 24 minutes of skating for Bouwmeester, whose first goal of the season gave the Flames a big 3-1 lead over the Blue Jackets 11:24 into the first period.

"I was sort of starting to wonder there a little bit," said a relieved Bouwmeester after the game, apparently a little disappointed he hadn't scored while accumulating a handful of assists in nine games.

"I think I had to shoot the puck a little more. Got a few tonight."

During four-on-four action, Bouwmeester snuck in low -- in a matter of just a couple of strides -- and flicked in his 54th NHL goal.

"It was a scramble around the net, and it just kind of squirted out," he said with a shrug when asked to describe the play.

"I'll take it. I don't really care what they look like."

Sporting a nasty shiner and a row of stitches on his right brow, Bouwmeester was repaired between periods during a win over the Vancouver Canucks earlier in the week.

Again, no one seemed to notice.

"Just seven. Not bad," said Bouwmeester. "It looks worse."

Everyone noticed Sjostrom's goal, a spinorama of sorts to close out the scoring in the third period.

Taking a long, slapper of a pass from defenceman Robyn Regehr, somehow staying onside and fighting off a hook from Jackets rearguard Mathieu Roy, Sjostrom still somehow had the presence of mind not to waste his chance and shoot despite the odds being stacked against him.

Instead, he shook off Roy, spun and zipped a low shot into the far side past last year's Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason.

"It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing," Sjostrom said with a laugh. "That's one of my better (goals).

"My goal was just to get to the net as fast as possible. I guess I was gonna take the backhand and roof it. But Mason just followed me and that wasn't there, so I had to come up with something.

"It feels like it goes 100 miles per hour out there so you don't have time to think. You just do whatever feels right ... For whatever reason, that play felt right."

STEVE.MACFARLANE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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