Series (Game 2 of 4)

Columbus leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, December 19th
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Game 2: Saturday, January 11th
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Game 3: Saturday, March 8th
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Game 4: Saturday, March 29th
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Blue Jackets 7

(17-20-2, 40 pts)

Flames 2

(14-20-3, 37 pts)

9:00 PM ET, January 11, 2003

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
CBJ 3 2 27
CGY 1 0 12

D. Vyborny (Blue Jackets - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

D. Walser (Blue Jackets - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

J. Labbe (Blue Jackets - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .933

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 Labbe."

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.

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