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The second period was more of the same as Calgary held a 16-3 edge in shots, but still could not solve Mason.
The only goal of the first two periods came from Nikitin at 13:03 of the first. Bret Lebda slid a pass from the blue line to Nikitin, who one-timed a hard slap shot past Kiprusoff.
Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski left the game with 12 minutes remaining after a Stajan shot hit him in the mouth.
Calgary's roster had a different look with veteran Lee Stempniak back after missing 21 games with an ankle injury. However, Tanguay left immediately after getting elbowed in the head by Jared Boll in the Blue Jackets zone 6:31 into the second period.
That seemed to spark the Flames, who showed more emotion and greater urgency after that, outshooting Columbus 11-2 over the final 13-plus minutes of that period.
NOTES: Columbus won the season series over the Flames 3-0-1. ... Calgary has lost its last four shootouts and fell to 3-8 on the season. Columbus improved to 4-5 in shootouts. ... Five of Nikitin's 23 points have come against Calgary (two goals, three assists) this season. He was the points leader for both teams in the four-game season series. ... Stajan played in career game No. 600.
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