Blue Jackets fall to Flames in waning seconds of OT 3-2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — T.J. Brodie scored with 11 seconds remaining in overtime as the Calgary Flames rallied from a two-goal deficit and beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo had lost his stick and was unable to get a glove on Brodie’s wrist shot from the high slot.
Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary. Cam Talbot made 20 saves and improved to 8-3-1 since Jan. 1.
Calgary (35-25-7) improved to 14-13-4 at home.
Devin Shore and Gustav Nyquist scored first-period goals for Columbus. Korpisalo stopped 34 shots.
Lindholm kicked off Calgary’s comeback at 11:14 of the third period.
With Talbot pulled for an extra attacker, Tkachuk scored a tying goal at 18:17.
The injury-riddled Blue Jackets have forwards Cam Atkinson (ankle) and Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), defensemen Seth Jones (ankle) and Dean Kukan (knee), winger Josh Anderson (shoulder) and rookie centre Alex Texier (back) on injured reserve.
Forwards Oliver Bjorkstrand (ankle) and Nathan Gerbe (groin) are also sidelined, while goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray played just his second game Wednesday since breaking his hand in December.
With Talbot pulled for an extra attacker, Flames captain Mark Giordano threaded a shot through traffic for Tkachuk to re-direct home.
Lindholm pulled the hosts within a goal midway through the third.
His linemate Andrew Mangiapane harassed defenseman Zach Werenski behind the Columbus net and forced a turnover for Lindholm to exploit.
The Flames fanned on scoring opportunities in the second period.
Calgary’s Tobias Rieder missed the net on a breakaway, Korpisalo stoned Mikael Backlund from close range and Lindholm couldn’t corral a bouncing rebound on a shot by Johnny Gaudreau.
Columbus turned Calgary’s neutral zone turnover into an odd-man rush with Nyquist converting a feed from Nick Foligno at 11:20 of the opening period.
Shore scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket. He was acquired from Anaheim at the trade deadline on Feb. 24. The winger squeezed a wrist shot from the face-off circle under Talbot’s right arm at 8:56.
Tkachuk was hobbled blocking a shot at the four-minute mark. He remained in the game, but skated uncomfortably at times.
NOTES: Flames forward Derek Ryan skated in his 300th career NHL game. … Defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Derek Forbort played their first home games as Flames since being acquired at the trade deadline.
Blue Jackets: At Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Flames: Host Arizona Coyotes on Friday.
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