Columbus Blue Jackets Extinguish Flames in Overtime

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22: Josh Anderson
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22: Josh Anderson /

The Columbus Blue Jackets win a battle of the net minders in overtime over the Calgary Flames.

A close game win for the Columbus Blue Jackets. That sentence is far too familiar for fans of the union blue. The Jackets win their fifth consecutive game last night over the Calgary Flames 1-0 in overtime.

The contest in Nationwide Arena was highlighted by yet another stellar performance from Sergei Bobrovsky. Bob recorded his third shutout of the season but was outshined by his counterpart from Calgary.

Mike Smith stopped the first 40 shots he faced. The Jackets outshot the Flames almost two to one but Smith put on a show in net. It was reminiscent of the game last year where the Jackets recorded a franchise record 60 shots on net with Smith stoping 57 of those.

Poor Smith though was doomed when T.J. Brodie let the puck slip away from him in overtime behind his own net. The puck trickled out to Nick Foligno and a scrambling Brodie was unable to recover in time. Foligno found Josh Anderson on the left side of the net and Anderson buried the game winner two minutes into overtime.

Top of the Metro

The win gives the Columbus Blue Jackets a record of 14-7-1 and 29 points on the season. That has the Jackets on top of the toughest division in hockey a quarter of the way into the season.

To be atop of the division at Thanksgiving is almost certainly a sign that the Jackets are going to the playoffs for consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.

The New Jersey Devils are right behind the Jackets with 28 points. They also have a game in hand on the Jackets.

The CBJ will look to make it six in a row against the struggling Ottawa Senators on Friday in Columbus.