The Columbus Blue Jackets Blow Third Period Lead and Lose 3-2 to the Calgary Flames in Overtime

By Max Steele on March 4, 2020 at 11:07 pm
Mar 4, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets center Devin Shore (74) and Calgary Flames defenseman Derek Forbort (20) battle for the puck during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
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Not the best way to start the Western Canada road trip.

Despite holding a 2-0 lead well into the third period, the Blue Jackets lost Wednesday night's contest against the Calgary Flames 3-2 in overtime.

  1 2 3 OT F
BLUE JACKETS 2 0 0 0 2
FLAMES 0 0 2 1 3

The Blue Jackets controlled the majority of play in the first period resulting in a 2-0 lead after the opening frame.  Devin Shore gave Columbus a 1-0 lead midway through the period with his first goal as a Blue Jacket.  Minutes later, Gustav Nyquist added to the lead off a two-on-one with Nick Foligno.  The 2-0 goal was Nyquist's 14th of the year.

The Columbus retained the 2-0 lead through two periods.  While the Flames consistently challenged the Blue Jacket defense, Joonas Korpisalo provided a strong backend with several huge stops.

The third period did not bode as well for the Blue Jackets.  Despite continued excellence from Korpisalo, the Blue Jackets yielded a 2-1 Flames goal from Elias Lindholm 11 minutes into the final period.  With two minutes left in the game and their goaltender pulled, Calgary evened the score 2-2 off a Matthew Tkachuk goal.

Calgary's T.J. Brodie scored the winning overtime goal after a net-front scramble to defeat the Blue Jackets 3-2.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets continue their Western Canada road trip Saturday night in Edmonton.  Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 p.m.

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