Jarome Iginla netted his 30th goal with 7.4 seconds left in the extra period, giving the Flames their season-high fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Blue Jackets.
“I was in front of the net just thinking, `Oh, geez, I am alone here. Is it coming?” Iginla said. “I ripped it as hard as I could. At first, I didn’t think it counted because it was so quiet. It’s an OT goal, it’s on the road and I didn’t know if the time ran out or what.”
Iginla has six goals and three assists during a six-game points streak.
Oleg Saprykin gave Calgary a 2-1 lead with just over 11 minutes left in regulation. His shot from the left faceoff circle went off Denis’ pads and the skate of Columbus defenseman Scott Lachance before caroming into the net.
“I think it’s a bit of luck, I think it’s obviously good breaks and tonight we got one,” Iginla said. “But (Martin) Gelinas was driving the net. We are doing the things you want to do. We are getting the puck at the net with guys driving and, yeah, you get the bounces.”
On Friday in Chicago, Chris Drury threw the puck on net from the right boards. His wrister deflected off the back of Blackhawks defenseman Burke Henry and slipped past goalie Jocelyn Thibault to break a scoreless tie in the third period. Iginla’s empty-netter secured the win.
“The mind-set of our team now is to defend strong and get pucks up ice and throw pucks at the net,” Flames assistant coach Jim Playfair said. “They are going in in different fashions. Certainly, we have earned that right for the number of times … they have not gone in.”
The Flames also got a fluky overtime winner against New Jersey on Wednesday when Gelinas’ centering pass from the outer edge of the left circle hit Devils defenseman Scott Stevens and deflected past goalie Corey Schwab.
The line of Drury, Gelinas and Saprykin remained red-hot, combining for 10 goals and nine assists during the winning streak.
“That line’s playing great,” said Conroy, the Flames’ captain. “They have been working hard the whole time and now they’ve gotten some breaks. You work hard and you get rewarded. I think right now they are cashing in.
“These guys just have all the luck right now. They are the difference.”
Blue Jackets defenseman Rostislav Klesla scored his second goal of the season with just 70 seconds remaining to force overtime, but Columbus fell to 2-7-1-1 in its last 11 games.
“I loved the way we played in the third period, we battled back,” Blue Jackets coach Doug MacLean said. “We played to win. That’s something that I don’t think we do enough around here is play to win. We went with three forwards (in overtime) to try to get the win.”
The victory was the Flames’ first in six tries at Nationwide Arena.
Drury scored for the fourth straight game to give Calgary the lead 5:12 into the contest. On the power play, he got to the rebound of Stephane Yelle’s slap shot and slipped it between Denis’ pads for his 21st goal.
Drury has five goals and two assists during his points streak.
The Blue Jackets answered midway through the second. David Vyborny fought off a defenseman behind the net, carried to the right side and fired the puck at the net. The rebound bounced kindly to Sean Pronger, who flipped a shot over goalie Roman Turek’s pads.
“It was a battle the whole way,” said Pronger, who matched a career high with his seventh goal of the season. “Every little inch of the ice, it was a battle, a struggle. We tied it up late in the game and got some momentum going. We were seven seconds short of playing a solid game.”
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