Karlsson snaps slump, Blue Jackets beat Flames 2-1
Columbus Blue Jackets' Matt Calvert, left, is knocked down by Calgary Flames' Sam Bennett during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Columbus rookie William Karlsson broke out of a slump with two goals to lead the surging Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal 1:42 into the third period, taking advantage of a miscue by Dougie Hamilton. The Flames defenseman had the puck knocked off his stick at the Columbus blue line and on the subsequent odd-man rush, Matt Calvert set up Karlsson's sixth goal of the season.
The 23-year-old Karlsson entered the night with just one goal in his previous 30 games.
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Columbus picked up six of eight possible points on a four-game road trip. The Blue Jackets do not play again until Tuesday, when they host the New York Islanders to open a five-game homestand. The Blue Jackets are 4-1-1 in their last six.
Jiri Hudler scored for the Flames, who have lost four of their last five.