Jackets keep composure after blown call

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

COLUMBUS -- A 2-1 defeat doesn't sound too bad.

It could have been a 4-1 loss for the Flames.

Twice, the Columbus Blue Jackets had goals disallowed en route to last night's win over Calgary.

In the opening moments, play was whistled down as Flames winger Brandon Prust started fighting with Jared Boll. At the time, Marc Methot sent a point shot that beat Miikka Kiprusoff.

Then, in the third period, referee Stephen Walkom believed Kiprusoff had covered a rebound and blew down play, only to see Blue Jackets winger Antoine Vermette chip the loose puck into the cage.

While a chorus of boos rang down on him, Walkom admitted his miscue.

"That's what he said to me, 'It's my mistake. Tell Hitch (Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock) it's my mistake,' " Vermette said. "At the timeout, he came over to the bench and explained it to the coaches.

"Mistakes happen. We make mistakes as players, too. The main thing is we won. If we didn't win, maybe it's not so easy to take."

Credit to the young Blue Jackets team for remaining calm. Imagine if Calgary had tied the game late and won.

"In our eyes, it was a legit goal. We weren't happy about it, but we stayed focused," Hitchcock said. "When you play in as many close games as we've been playing in, really since exhibition, we seem to be able to play in these games and not lose our rhythm.

"We were comfortable when it was 2-1. We played a very good third period, and we didn't do it sitting back."


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