COLUMBUS, Ohio -Jarome Iginla set up Daymond Langkow’s go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Calgary Flames beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night.

The Flames made it 2-1 early in the third period when Iginla streaked down the right wing, deked defenseman Francois Beauchemin and then sailed in on goaltender Marc Denis. Denis blocked Iginla’s shot but Langkow, who earlier assisted on Shean Donovan’s goal, swooped into the slot to tap in the rebound at the 4:44 mark.

Iginla’s assist tied him with Gary Roberts for seventh place on the Flames’ career points list with 505.

Darren McCarty added a late goal for the Flames, who had lost their season-opener 6-3 at Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 19 shots, and the goal Columbus scored wasn’t his fault.

Columbus, which opened with a 3-2 loss at Washington on Wednesday, tied it at 1-1 27 seconds into the third period when Trevor Letowski was credited with the goal after Calgary’s Jordan Leopold accidentally kicked the puck into his own net past a surprised Kiprusoff. Leopold slammed his stick to the ice in disgust.

The Flames took a 1-0 lead on a soft goal early in the second period. Donovan avoided a defenseman and skated to the top of the left circle before wristing a shot past Denis on the glove side.

The Blue Jackets survived four consecutive penalties midway through the second period, including more than a minute of 5-on-3.

Kiprusoff defused two Columbus threats, the first on Bryan Berard’s give-and-go pass to Letowski, and then stopped rookie Gilbert Brule on a breakaway after Nikolai Zherdev stole the puck from Andrew Ference.

Columbus, which outshot Washington 37-19 in the opener, was outshot 38-20 by the Flames.

Rick Nash, Columbus’ best player and the youngest NHL goal-scoring champ ever, was idled by a high ankle sprain that had troubled him in the preseason and that he reaggravated in the opener.

McCarty’s goal came on a hard shot from the top of the circle with 24 seconds left.

Notes: The Flames are midway through a four-game road trip to start the season, with games left at Detroit and Colorado. … Columbus was 6-1-0-1 at home and 9-6-0-1 overall against the Flames – the most wins against any team in franchise history. … Before the game, Nash was presented with the 2003-04 Richard Trophy by team owner John H. McConnell. Nash shared the goal-scoring title with Iginla and Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk. … D Andy Delmore, picked up on waivers from Detroit, made his first appearance in a Columbus uniform.

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