Blue Jackets slip past Flames 3-2 in OT
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Rene Bourque scored his second of the game at 4:01 of overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
With prolonged pressure in the Flames end, Kevin Connauton’s shot was stopped but Bourque slipped the rebound past Karri Ramo’s outstretched pad.
Artem Anisimov also scored for Columbus, which has won six of seven overall including its first sweep of Western Canada.
Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler scored for Calgary. The Flames remain in third place in the Pacific Division, two points back of Vancouver and two points up on Los Angeles. The Canucks and Kings hold a game in hand.
Columbus trailed 2-1 entering the third period, but tied the game at 4:21 on a mistake by Flames defenseman Kris Russell.
Retreating with the puck into his own end to make time for a line change, Russell attempted to backhand the puck behind his net to his defensive partner Dennis Wideman in the other corner.
Instead the puck caromed off the side of the Flames net where it was corralled by Anisimov and fired behind Ramo.
Calgary had three power plays over the final 14 minutes of the third period but it could not beat Sergei Bobrovsky, who turned aside all 14 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes.
Bobrovsky finished with 38 stops.
Ramo had 23 saves.
The Flames took a 2-1 lead 2:44 into the second period on a miscue by Bobrovsky, who mishandled the puck at the side of the net, enabling Monahan to steal the puck and set up Hudler.
Columbus entered the game with a penalty kill that was struggling having given up 15 power-play goals during the previous 10 games.
Calgary needed only 13 seconds to convert its first power play of the game, taking a 1-0 lead at 4:18 when Monahan converted Hudler’s pass.
The Blue Jackets tied the game at 11:13 when Bourque raced to the net and redirected a perfect pass from Ryan Johansen.
Notes: Columbus activated LW Jeremy Morin (upper body) and C Boone Jenner (back) from injured reserve. They missed 25 and 40 games respectively. Out of the lineup was C Alexander Wennberg (hand). … The Flames finish the season with a 14-14-4 record against the Eastern Conference. … Calgary is 6-3-2 since losing captain Mark Giordano to a season-ending torn biceps tendon.