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Jackets down Flames to snap skid

Dec 22, 2010 - 7:25 AM
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Jared Boll scored for the first time in 13 games and Mathieu Garon made 29 saves as Columbus defeated Calgary, 3-1, at Nationwide Arena.

Jakub Voracek and Rostislav Klesla each tallied for the Blue Jackets, who ended a four-game slide and avenged their 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary, which started the skid on December 13.

"We're real happy with the win tonight," Garon said. "We have to build on it."

Olli Jokinen scored the lone tally for the Flames, who have dropped three straight. Henrik Karlsson turned away 34-of-37 shots in the loss.

The Blue Jackets struck first only 5:14 in when Marc Methot's poke check from the right point kept the puck in the offensive zone. Voracek picked up the loose disc by the right boards and carried through the right circle. Skating into the high slot, he finished the play with a quick wrister past Karlsson's glove.

Columbus added to its lead, 2-0, midway through the middle period. The score was Boll's third of the season coming off a rebound that trickled out of a scrum in front of the net. He was able to send the loose puck past a diving Calgary netminder.

Jokinen made it a one-point game with his power-play goal with 3:26 left in the same period. Jarome Iginla found the wide open Jokinen at the right circle for a one-timer.

The Blue Jackets hung onto their narrow edge by stopping 10 shots in the third period. Klesla added the empty-netter with 58 seconds left to put the game away.

"(Henrik) Karlsson played well. He made some big saves for us," Flames head coach Brent Sutter said. "When you score just one goal that makes it tough. We had some chances and some opportunities and didn't capitalize on them. You have to give some credit to the opposition, they played a real steady game."

Game Notes

Iginla has 47 points in 39 career games in this series...Voracek snapped a 12- game goal-less streak...Jay Bouwmeester had a plus/minus of minus-three for Calgary.