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BLUE JACKETS EXTINGUISH FLAMES
November 7, 2012

Last night's contest marked the 10th game in the 2012-2013 campaign for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who came out strong, posting 3 goals in the opening frame, but let Calgary creep back into it.

Cam Atkinson opened the scoring as he spotted a loose puck in the crease that slowly slipped through the 5-hole of Calgary backup netminder Andrew Raycroft and jabbed it home before a Calgary defenseman could clear it. Veteran Vinny Prospal would add to the lead a few minutes later, finding the twine with a wrister that beat Raycroft just over the glove. In the dying minutes of the first, Matt Calvert would convert on his second of the year, potting a rebound goal on a 2-on-1 to give Columbus a 3-0 lead heading into the intermission.

Steve Mason held the fort down through 52.5 minutes until Blake Comeau deflected a Jay Bouwmeester point shot into the Columbus goal. The play would be reviewed and the video goal judges in Toronto concluded that Comeau's stick was at or below the crossbar and declared it a good goal. Jiri Hudler would score on the next shift, planting a seed of doubt, but Columbus would hold on for the 3-2 victory, despite a late powerplay after an R.J. Umberger slashing penalty.

The Blue Jackets, now 4-6-0, are exceeding expectations, although most experts believe that they are still a dark horse team to make the playoffs.

Columbus' division rival, the St. Louis Blues, continued to bolster their roster, adding veteran forward Daniel Alfredsson to their lineup on November 5. The move sent prospect defenseman Ian Cole, a former 18th overall pick, to Canada's capital. Ottawa fans were understandably upset by the trade as Alfredsson had played all 16 seasons of his NHL career in Ottawa, captaining the team for much of that time.

Columbus and St. Louis will square off on Thursday night.

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