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Wednesday, November 20th (All times Eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (7-11-3) at Calgary Flames (7-11-3), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames try to string together back-to-back wins for only the second time this season as they play host on Wednesday night to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Flames have not won two straight since Oct. 9-11, a pair of home wins over Montreal and New Jersey that were part of a 3-0-2 start. However, they are just 4-11-1 since and snapped a six-game slide with Monday's 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Calgary failed to hold four one-goal leads in the game, giving up an overtime- forcing tally with just six seconds left in regulation. However, Reto Berra was strong in overtime and stopped six of the eight skaters he faced in the shootout, while Joe Colborne, Lee Stempniak and Sean Monahan all tallied in the tiebreaker.
Mike Cammalleri and T.J. Brodie had a goal and an assist in regulation, while Lance Bouma and Jiri Hudler also lit the lamp. Berra made 43 saves in total, with the rookie improving to 2-4-1 with a 3.66 goals against average and .889 save percentage in seven starts.
Berra picked up both his first win and Calgary's first triumph since Nov. 3 in Chicago.
"I think that they're charging the fans to leave the building, because if that one was not exciting for them it sure was for me," said Calgary head coach Bob Hartley. "We made it interesting, we made it tough on us, but at the end we found a way to win, so big two points."
The Flames next look to snap a five-game home losing streak and will play their next three in Calgary.
While the Flames are coming off what Hartley saw as an exciting win, the Blue Jackets put together a forgettable performance on Tuesday night. Coming off its first victory in four games, Columbus was routed 7-0 by the hosting Edmonton Oilers.
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 18 shots before getting lifted just shy of the halfway mark of the second period. Curtis McElhinney allowed three goals on 14 shots in relief.
Columbus had snapped an 0-0-3 slide with a victory in Ottawa on Sunday, but lost for the ninth time in the last 11 games overall.
The Blue Jackets were shut out for a second time this season and managed a season-low 14 shots on goal.
"I'm just really, really disappointed," said Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards. "We weren't ready to play the game. We weren't ready to battle. We weren't ready to do the things necessary to win. There was no desperation and no urgency. I don't know if we get too high on ourselves. You are going to have no success in this league, and it was proven tonight first-hand, if you aren't ready and willing to battle, this is what's going to happen."
Bobrovsky could get the call tonight in the third contest of a five-game road trip and is 1-1-2 with a 2.69 GAA in four previous meetings with the Flames. That includes a loss in Columbus on Oct. 4, yielding four goals on 30 shots.
McElhinney beat Calgary the only other time he faced them, but that came back on Feb. 11, 2011 while with Anaheim despite giving up four goals on 25 shots.
The Flames bested the Blue Jackets for the first time in the last three meetings with the win back on Oct. 4. Hudler and Curtis Glencross had third- period goals and Monahan scored in his first NHL game.
Columbus has still won three straight in Calgary.
11/20 10:37:01 ET
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