Prospal leads Blue Jackets past Flames, 6-4
- Associated Press
- March 29, 2013 - 11:06 PM
CALGARY, Alberta - Vinny Prospal had the go-ahead goal and an assist in a four-goal second period to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat Calgary 6-4 on Friday night in the Flames' first game since they traded longtime captain Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh
Mark Letestu, Matt Calvert, Derick Brasard, Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets. Columbus, 1-2-1 on its four-game trip, climbed within a point of St. Louis for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets also evened their record at 14-14-7 and snapped Calgary's eight-game home winning streak.
Brian McGrattan, Mikael Backlund, Dennis Wideman and Curtis Glencross scored for Calgary.
Iginla was traded to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night for a 2013 first-round draft pick and college prospects Ben Hanowski and Kenneth Agostino. Many of the fans in the crowd, announced as a sellout of 19,289, wore red jerseys with Iginla's name on the back.
The appreciative fans then stood up and gave a standing ovation in the first period when a stirring video tribute to Iginla was played on the jumbotron. While the fans rose to their feet, officials didn't immediately drop the puck as all Calgary players banged their sticks against the boards.
Columbus opened the scoring in the first period with a short-handed goal. T.J. Brodie's blind pass up the middle was intercepted by Letestu, who made a nice move to beat Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Blue Jackets took advantage of several more Calgary miscues in the second period, scoring four times at even strength, to open a 5-3 lead.
Columbus took the lead for good at 8:44 of the second when Umberger poked the puck past Jay Bouwmeester at the Blue Jackets' blue line and led a 2-on-1 rush that was finished off nicely by Prospal for an easy one-timer. Less than 90 seconds later on another odd-man rush, Calvert looked off Jack Johnson and shot instead, ripping a shot over Kiprusoff's glove to put Columbus ahead 3-1.
Calgary outshot Columbus 33-25.
Notes: Columbus rookie D Dalton Prout was a game-high plus-4 while also getting in a fight with McGrattan. ... Stajan picked up his 200th NHL assist ... McGrattan's goal was his first in 75 games, dating to Oct. 16, 2009 ... Calgary D Anton Babchuk was a healthy scratch for the 23rd time this season.
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