Twice as nice
One Hundred was a big number for the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night. With Antoine Vermette’s 100th career goal, goaltender Mathieu Garon was able to secure his 100th career win as Columbus won for the second time in three nights.
With the 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames, the Blue Jackets won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 19, and won back-to-back road games for the first time since Nov. 5.
Columbus was led by Antoine Vermette, who totaled three points in the victory. His goal with 14:38 remaining in the third proved to be the game winner.
The Blue Jackets received a solid effort in goal from Mathieu Garon, who started his second straight game. Garon made 20 saves in the win.
Columbus started the scoring just over a minute into play with a goal from Raffi Torres.
Calgary’s Mark Giordano tied the score-sheet at one with his first period goal.
The Blue Jackets regained the lead with a second period goal from Jan Hejda before a third period goal by Rene Bourque knotted the score at two.
After assisting on Raffi Torres’ goal, Torres retuned the favor by feeding the puck to Vermette who stuffed it into the wide-open net.
The Blue Jackets held the Flames to only five shots in the third period, and played stellar defense down the stretch to keep Calgary from tying the game at three.
Columbus returns home to face the Dallas Stars Sunday at 7 p.m.