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Sanderson picks up first five-point game of career

3/30/2003

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Geoff Sanderson wasn't all that
impressed with his first four-goal game in the NHL.

Sanderson scored three goals in a row in the second period, put
a shot into an empty net, and set up another score by Columbus as
the Blue Jackets beat the Calgary Flames 6-4.

Andrew Cassels assisted on all four of Sanderson's goals and
added one of his own as he and Sanderson had the first five-point
games of their careers.

"I really didn't do a whole lot," Sanderson said. "(Roman)
Turek was kicking out the rebounds and a couple just happened to go
right onto my stick.

"Two of them were pretty much empty-netters where Turek made
the save but I just happened to be in the right spot."

Sanderson also set a Columbus record for goals in a game,
breaking the previous mark of three held by Sanderson and three
others.

"We know Geoff's a streaky goal scorer and anytime he's skating
and going to the net, good things are going to happen and it
showed," Cassels said. "When he goes to the net, he creates so
much for the rest of the guys on the ice."

Matt Davidson also scored for Columbus, which won for just the
second time in 11 road games (2-9-0). The Blue Jackets are last in
the Western Conference, four points behind Calgary.

"We're playing for respectability right now," Sanderson said.

Martin Gelinas scored his 19th and 20th goals to lead Calgary.
Craig Conroy and Steve Montador also scored as the Flames ended a
five-game homestand 2-2-1.

"We didn't come prepared for the first 15 minutes and they
capitalized on that," Gelinas said. "We battled back and we were
right there but then they got some breaks and scored a couple more
goals. We battled back again but it was just too late."

Sanderson's fourth goal, his 31st of the season, was into an
empty net with 27 seconds left. Less than two minutes earlier,
Gelinas scored to draw Calgary within one.

"There's lessons to be learned from tonight and that is that we
need to get a great start," Gelinas said. "You can't get behind
the 8-ball like we did."

Sanderson's three second-period goals in a span of 9:43 came
after Calgary scored three times in the opening five minutes to
forge ahead 3-2.

The tying goal came on a power play at 6:20 when Sanderson's
shot along the ice from a bad angle beat a shaky Turek.

Columbus took a 4-3 lead at 12:38 when Sanderson knocked in a
rebound from close range after Turek stopped Jaroslav Spacek's shot
from the point.

Sanderson's third goal put Columbus ahead 5-3 with just under
four minutes left in the period. He banged in the rebound of Ray
Whitney's shot.

Marc Denis was back in the Columbus net and made 35 saves. The
NHL leader in minutes played and shots faced didn't start the
previous two games, the first time all season he's had consecutive
games off.

Calgary cut into a 2-0 deficit at 2:42 of the second when Conroy
curled at the Columbus blue line and whipped a high shot at the net
that found the top corner through a screen.

Montador tied it with his first of the season when he jumped
into the rush and banged in a rebound of Oleg Saprykin's shot.

Calgary took a 3-2 lead when Gelinas backhanded in his own
rebound.

Game notes
: Calgary D Robyn Regehr entered the game with no goals in
100 shots. He holds the distinction of having taken the most shots
this season without scoring. Boston D Ian Moran is next with 89
shots. Regehr has gone 76 games since last scoring on April 4,
2002. ... Columbus is 8-3-0-1 against Calgary.

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