CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Marcus Nilson scored the winning goal and had an assist in the Calgary Flames’ 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Steve Reinprecht also scored for the Flames, who won consecutive games for the first time this season to improve to 6-7-2.

David Vyborny scored the lone goal for Columbus, and Marc Denis kept the game close by stopping 29 shots. The Blue Jackets, 1-7 on the road, have lost three straight to drop to 4-10-0 overall.

Vyborny scored his third goal of the season 59 seconds into the second period to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. With Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff down on the ice, Vyborny wristed a shot over the fallen goalie’s outstretched glove.

The Flames tied it at 3:09 of the third period when Reinprecht kicked a rebound onto his stick and slid the puck past Denis, who was playing with a defenseman’s stick after losing his own.

Nilson scored his first goal of the season at 10:36. Chuck Kobasew took the initial shot, which Denis batted out of the air toward Nilson who was skating hard to the net. The puck bounced off both Nilson and Denis and across the goal line before the net came off its moorings.

After scoring a power-play goal in seven straight games, the Flames went 0-for-7 with the man advantage. Columbus was 0-for-3.

Notes: Calgary star Jarome Iginla’s four-game goal scoring streak and seven-game points streak both came to and end. … The Flames have won four straight against the Blue Jackets.

AP-ES-11-03-05 2359EST


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