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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Columbus Blue Jackets wouldn't be the NHL's lowest scoring team if they played the Calgary Flames more often.

The Blue Jackets, one of the NHL's worst road teams, took advantage of the Flames' porous own-zone efforts in their first game without Jarome Iginla and skated to a 6-4 victory over at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night.

A week earlier, the Blue Jackets beat the Flames 5-1 at home.

The Flames, who had seen their captain and face of the franchise traded away after Wednesday's game, talked about knowing they had to regroup. Moreover, the quest for the Flames was to play through the wave of trade rumors surrounding them.

It didn't happen. Mark Letestu, Vinny Prospal, Matt Calvert, Derrick Brassard, Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger scored for Columbus.

Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason won for the third time this season.

Brian McGrattan, Mikael Backlund, Dennis Wideman and Curtis Glencross scored for the Flames, who saw their home-ice winning streak snapped at eight games.

Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled after the second period, was victimized for five goals, four during a second period in which he faced only eight shots.

NOTES: With the trade of Iginla, who was captain of the team since the 2003-04 season, the Flames have decided to go without a captain through the season, with Jay Bouwmeester, Curtis Glencross, Mike Cammalleri and Mark Giordano donning an "A" every game. "I just told them I wanted to see them perform, to keep them putting their leadership out there every day whether it's in the room or on the ice with younger players and they were all good with this," coach Bob Hartley said. ... Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason started for the first time since March 5, a game he was pulled after surrendering three goals in the first 21 minutes. Sergei Bobrovsky finished that game and started 11 consecutive outings afterward ... The Blue Jackets are hoping to stay within striking distance of a playoff spot, but must improve their road record to do so. They entered the game with only one road win in the last seven games and only three in 14 outings to start the season ... Columbus, which just got defenseman James Wisniewski back into the lineup, saw defenseman Tim Erixon leave the game with an "upper-body" injury.
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