Columbus wins franchise-best third straight road game


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are perfect
with general manager Doug MacLean behind the bench.

Lasse Pirjeta scored twice and Jean-Francois Labbe made 28 saves
for his first victory of the season as Columbus beat Calgary 7-2 on
Saturday night.

The Blue Jackets have won three straight, the longest road
winning streak in franchise history, since MacLean fired Dave King
and took over as interim coach.

"It's the toughest trip of the year, but we've played three
exceptional games," MacLean said of the trip that opened with wins
over Minnesota and Vancouver and ends Monday night in Edmonton.

"A lot of good things going on right now," said Pirjeta, back
in the lineup after missing four games with a concussion. "It's a
great thing for everybody that we've had a good start after some
difficult times."

Sean Pronger, Andrew Cassels, Grant Marshall, Rick Nash and
David Vyborny also scored, and Derrick Walser added three assists
for Columbus, coming off a 3-2 victory Friday night in Vancouver.

Jarome Iginla and Martin Gelinas scored for the Flames.

"Labbe gave up a goal early on a great play by Iginla and then
he played great for us which is exciting for him," MacLean said.
"Our rallying cry tonight before the game was to win it for

Calgary has lost two straight after opening 4-0-1 under new
coach Darryl Sutter. Ottawa beat the Flames 1-0 on Thursday night.

"There were three or four things that were very untypical of
what I've seen from our team," Sutter said. "We always play
really well in our zone, killing penalties has been a strength on
this team, as well as not taking penalties. Tonight, were weren't
very good in all three of those areas."

After Iginla opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 2:09
of the first period, Pronger tied it at 3:38, Cassels added the
first of the Blue Jackets' three power-play goals at 6:46, and
Marshall made it 3-1 with 3:01 left.

"They scored early, but after that, we never looked back and we
controlled the whole game not giving them many scoring chances,"
Labbe said.

Nash and Vyborny scored in a 2:06 span midway through the second
period, and Pirjeta had two third-period goals.

Game notes
Columbus' Ray Whitney had two assists to extend his points
streak to seven games.

Flames starter Roman Turek was replaced after allowing three
goals on 13 shots in the first period. Jamie McLennan stopped eight
of 12 shots in the final two periods. ... Calgary was 1-for-7 on
the power play.