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Tanguay's OT goal wins it for Flames, 4-3

AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Alex Tanguay lost his man and found a

Tanguay scored on a one-timer 1:07 into overtime to lead the
Calgary Flames past the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Thursday
night in a battle of Western Conference cellar-dwellers.

Shortly after Columbus threatened on two shots by Fedor Tyutin,
the Flames had an odd-man rush and Jarome Iginla saucered a
cross-ice assist to Tanguay, who unloaded from the right dot.

Before that, however, Tanguay said he was almost the goat. He
credited little-used goaltender Leland Irving, who picked up
only his second career victory, for covering for him.

"Actually, it all started with Leland," Tanguay said with a
chuckle. "I lost my guy in the defensive zone and they made a
great play and Leland made a stop. Then (T.J.) Brodie started
the play off in the corner, beat one of their guys and we were
off on a 3-on-2."

Brodie, who had two assists, fed Jarome Iginla and he set up
Tanguay for the winner.

"Iggy drove to the net and made a great pass to me," Tanguay
said. "I just had to shoot and it was pretty much if I hit the
net then I'd get a good chance to score. And the puck went in."

Roman Cervenka, Mikael Backlund and Lee Stempniak also scored
for the Flames, who won their second in a row. Jiri Hudler added
two assists.

Tanguay extended his points streak to seven games in a row,
during which he has four goals and five assists.

The teams came into the game with the fewest points in the
Western Conference, Calgary (2-3-2) was last with six and
Columbus (3-6-1) was 14th with seven.

But the Flames, unlike the Blue Jackets, feel like they're
shaking off their slow start.

"A gutsy effort, that's the first thing I'm going to say," coach
Bob Hartley said. "We scored the first goal and they came right
back. We didn't really get the first period that we wanted, but
the second and third periods, we owned the puck. We made some
great plays - like a great penalty kill at the end of
(regulation). And then we got the winner with Tang."

The Flames were without two of their top players. Goalie Miikka
Kiprusoff is listed as day to day with a leg injury. Center Mike
Cammalleri, tied for the team lead in assists with five, was a
game-time decision with an undisclosed injury.

Irving took Kiprusoff's place in net in just his ninth NHL game.
He was making his first start since March 16, 2012, a 3-1 loss
to Edmonton. His previous and only NHL win came on Dec. 23,
2011, a 3-1 win in Vancouver.

"There's nothing better. It's pretty exciting," he said after
the victory. "The boys really came through tonight and played
great. I'm glad they were rewarded with two points."

Mark Letestu had a goal and two assists for the first
three-point game of his 145-game career, while Vinny Prospal had
a goal and an assist, and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue

Coach Todd Richards was perplexed by his team coming out strong
in the first period but then getting manhandled in the second
and for much of the third periods.

"We have to figure it out," Richards said after Columbus' third
loss in the first four games of a franchise-record tying
six-game home stand. "For 20 minutes it's good and then we lose
our game. And when it's gone, it's gone. It's not one shift or
two shifts; it's for an extended period of time."

Tied at 2 heading into the third period, the Flames carried over
their domination from the second.

With 4 seconds left in a power play, Stempniak notched his
fourth. He was racing along the right wing with the puck when he
let go of a hard, rising slap shot that eluded goalie Sergei
Bobrovsky. Irving picked up an assist for his first NHL point.

The Blue Jackets countered with 9 minutes left in regulation
when Letestu forced a turnover with a check in the neutral zone
and carried the puck into the offensive zone. He left a drop
pass for Prospal, who found the net with a one-timer from just
outside the left hash mark to tie it again.

Irving got enough of Tyutin's hard shot early in the overtime to
send it high into the air and behind the cage. Tyutin was then
wide on a shot off a backdoor pass - with the Flames taking
advantage at the other end almost immediately.

NOTES: The last three meetings had gone to a shootout with the
visiting team winning each. ... The Flames had scored at least
one power-play goal in six of seven games this season and came
in fifth in the NHL at 26.7 percent, but were 0 for 4. ... The
Blue Jackets were 1 for 4. ... Extending points streaks for
Columbus were Brassard (2-2-4 in four games) and Letestu (2-3-5
in three). ... Calgary improved to 8-14-1 in Nationwide Arena.


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