Lundmark scores shootout winner for Flames
Calgary backup Curtis McElhinney(notes) stopped Anton Stralman(notes) in the fourth round, and Jamie Lundmark(notes) followed with the shootout winner in the Flames’ 4-3 comeback victory over the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
“We regrouped during the intermission,” Flames coach Brent Sutter said. “We talked about getting back to playing the way we did during the start of the game, for the first 30 minutes. Just keep going and going, stay patient with it and it will happen for us—and it did.”
Making only his second start this season, McElhinney stopped 29 shots to push the Flames’ road points streak to nine games.
“It worked out in the end,” said the 26-year old McElhinney, who won his first shootout. “We came out flying in the third period.”
The Flames, playing the second game of a six-game trip, are 9-1-3 on the road.
“We sit back too much and try to hold the lead,” Nash said.
Not only did McElhinney stop the puck, but also Stralman who strangely crashed into the netminder on his shooutout attempt. Lundmark came through with a high shot past Steve Mason(notes), who also put aside 29 shots, but only one of four shooters in the shootout.
“You’re on the bench, then all of a sudden, you’re all alone on the ice. It can be intimidating,” Lundmark said.
On the Flames’ tying sequence, Jokinen, working behind the net, centered a nifty backhand pass that Boyd backhanded past Mason, who was leaning the wrong way, at 14:14 for his fourth.
Then from nearly the same spot behind the net, Moss fed Dawes in the slot. He one-timed a low shot for his seventh at 15:32 and extending his goal streak to three games.
“In order to win with the lead, you have to win the board battles, not give up odd-man rushes,” Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We were doing really well until we lost two big ones.”
A tight-checking scoreless affair after one period made way for back-and-forth play in the middle stanza with Columbus skating off ahead.
Jokinen atoned for a first period wide-open net miss by slotting home a rebound for his fifth at 5:29 on the power play to open the scoring.
But Calgary couldn’t stop the league’s top power play. On a rush, Huselius sent a cross ice feed from the left wing that Nash went over McElhinney to make it 1-1 at 13:20 for his 15th.
The Blue Jackets continued to pressure and Methot converted with a wrist shot from the left circle for his first at 14:23 to give Columbus the lead.
After Boll took a goaltender-interference penalty for ramming McElhinney into the backboards, he stepped out of the penalty box and scored on a low wrist show from the inside right circle for his third to make it 3-1 at 19:32.
“I thought we played a pretty good overall game,” Umberger said. “But then we seemed to give them chances in the third period. We sat back a little again, playing dump and chase.”
NOTES: Calgary played the first of three games in four nights. … Columbus returned home having played the fourth-most road games in the league so far this season. … The home team has won 13 of the past 16 meetings in the series.