Calgary at Columbus

Rookie Mason records league-best 10th shutout for Blue Jackets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Steve Mason and the Columbus Blue Jackets wanted to make a statement just in case they meet the Calgary Flames again in the playoffs.

Mason stopped 33 shots for his franchise-record 10th shutout of the season, Jason Williams had two power-play goals, Rick Nash had a career-high four assists, and former Flames forward Kristian Huselius also had four assists in the Blue Jackets' penalty-filled 5-0 win over Calgary on Thursday.

"We have a pretty good idea that if we're in the playoffs this is a team we could be playing, so we wanted to have a good effort. We definitely came forward with it, that's for sure," Mason said.

Mason, who broke the team record set last season by Pascal Leclaire, leads the NHL in shutouts and has the most for a rookie since Tony Esposito had 15 for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1969-70.

Calgary, the third-place team in the Western Conference, has dropped two straight. The sixth-place Blue Jackets are 7-1-1 in their past nine as they try to qualify for their first playoff appearance.

"It shows what we have to do to beat a team like that," Nash said. "They're obviously a great team. We know they didn't play their best, but I thought we had a great game and we played our best."

The Flames were coming off a 2-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

"We showed some elements of frustration and lack of discipline in certain areas, particularly when it wasn't going our way," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said.

The teams combined for 124 minutes -- 64 by Columbus -- with 110 coming in the second period when there were two fights, two game misconducts and four misconducts.

Manny Malhotra and Williams had goals in the first period, and Raffi Torres and R.J. Umberger gave Columbus a 4-0 lead in the second.

After failing to score through two periods of their previous two games, the Blue Jackets took an early lead when Nash set up Malhotra at 3:43 by breaking down the right side and cutting sharply in the middle of the right circle.

That drew the attention of goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, and Nash feathered a backdoor pass to Malhotra for the easy redirect into the open net.

"We raised our competitive level and got rewarded for it," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Columbus scored a power-play goal at 12:29 with Williams taking a centering pass in the high slot from Huselius and using Malhotra's screen in front. Williams' shot went through the pads and trickled across the line before Kiprusoff could reach back and grab it.

"They were good," Calgary captain Jarome Iginla said. "Huselius had a great game and so did Nash. Their line was controlling things all night, creating momentum for them. They were good and our game isn't where it needs to be right now."

Notes

  • Calgary RW Todd Bertuzzi returned after missing 10 games with a knee injury. He fought Columbus D Rostislav Klesla in the second period.
  • Blue Jackets LW Fredrik Modin (knee) has missed nine straight games and 17 of 18.
  • The teams split four games this season with the home team winning every one.
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Steve Mason's 10 shutouts are the most for a rookie since Chicago's Tony Esposito had 15 in 1969-70. (AP)
Steve Mason's 10 shutouts are the most for a rookie since Chicago's Tony Esposito had 15 in 1969-70. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Calgary (42-26-6)0000
Columbus  (39-28-7) «2215
Three Stars
R. Nash
CLB


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 4
K. Huselius
CLB


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 4
S. Mason
CLB


Saves: 33
Save Pct.: 1.000
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:43Manny Malhotra (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nash, Huselius
12:29Power Play - Jason Williams (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Huselius, Nash
2ND PERIOD
03:04Raffi Torres (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nash, Huselius
14:17R.J. Umberger (25), Snap Shot. Assist: Voracek, Hejda
3RD PERIOD
01:08Power Play - Jason Williams (17), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nash, Huselius
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:14Leopold, 2 min, Interference
11:49Phaneuf, 2 min, Elbowing
14:37Huselius, 2 min, Tripping
18:03Huselius, 2 min, High-Sticking
18:46Peca, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
01:00Iginla, 2 min, Hooking
04:19Klesla, 2 min, Roughing
04:19Jokinen, 2 min, Roughing
04:19Tyutin, 2 min, Roughing
04:19Phaneuf, 2 min, Roughing
08:34Umberger, 2 min, Interference
08:34Glencross, 2 min, Slashing
10:19Commodore, 2 min, Hooking
15:17Vandermeer, 5 min, Fighting
15:17Bertuzzi, 5 min, Fighting
15:17Klesla, 5 min, Fighting
15:17Boll, 5 min, Fighting
15:17Vandermeer, 10 min, Game Misconduct
15:17Boll, 10 min, Game Misconduct
20:00Voracek, 2 min, Roughing
15:17Regehr, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Voracek, 10 min, Misconduct
20:00Russell, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Russell, 10 min, Misconduct
20:00Cammalleri, 10 min, Misconduct
20:00Cammalleri, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Pardy, 10 min, Misconduct
20:00Pardy, 4 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
08:28Commodore, 2 min, Hooking
08:28Commodore, 2 min, Holding
16:55Hejda, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Calgary1071633
Columbus1315836
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Miikka Kiprusoff22:58143
Curtis McElhinney36:56172
Steve Mason59:45330
Game Information
Attendance - 16327
Referees - Dave Jackson, Frederick L'Ecuyer
Linesmen - Thor Nelson, Mark Pare
 
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