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Chimera gets career-high 15th goal in Blue Jackets' win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Out of the playoff picture, the Columbus
Blue Jackets' goal is to play with character. A trait they've had
trouble finding lately.

Jason Chimera scored his career-high 15th goal with 2:47 left to
help the Blue Jackets end a five-game losing streak with a 3-2
victory over Flames on Friday night.

Manny Malhotra and Nikolai Zherdev also scored for Columbus,
which had lost three in a row at home.

"They (Calgary) come out every night and bring it," said the
Blue Jackets' Adam Foote, who tied a career high with three
assists. "If we come with that character every night we will have
a chance to win every night."

Chuck Kobasew and Daymond Langkow scored for Northwest
Division-leading Calgary.

"It was a pretty physical game and they probably had the edge
their," Calgary's Jarome Iginla conceded. "In a one-goal game,
they had the edge. They got the big goal late. It doesn't feel good
on our part, that's for sure."

On the winning goal, Chimera stuffed home a loose puck after
Trevor Letowski knocked it off Roman Hamrlik's stick near the
Calgary goal.

"Letowski threw it in front of the net and it bounced off
Kipper (goalie Miikka Kiprusoff) and kind of laid there in the
crease," Chimera said. "I just kind of batted it home. It was
nice to see the puck just laying there for you."

Calgary scored at 1:41 of the first period on Kobasew's
power-play goal -- his 19th.

Columbus tied it early in the second period. Calgary's Robyn
Regehr gloved a high puck just inside the Flames' blue line, but
Malhotra stole the puck and chipped it over goalie Miikka Kiprusoff
at 2:47 while sliding on his chest.

"I dove trying to get something on it before he (Kiprusoff)
could poke it away," Malhotra said.

Three minutes later, tempers flared behind the Calgary net when
captains Foote and Iginla -- both members of Team Canada during the
Olympics -- nearly fought.

"I like the way they played with a lot of character tonight,"
Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "We really battled hard. We
have 12 games left and I expect this kind of effort in every one of
them."

At the five-minute mark, Rick Nash brought the home crowd to its
feet, backchecking deep into the Columbus zone to thwart a Flames'
breakaway. He then carried the puck the length of the ice and
nearly beat Kiprusoff.

Moments later, Regehr almost atoned for his earlier mistake,
stepping out of the penalty box into a breakaway, but Marc Denis
made the save.

The Flames recaptured the lead on Langkow's 21st of the season
at 6:26, a redirection from the slot.

"I think we worked and did everything we wanted to," Calgary
coach Darryl Sutter said. "In the end they had a little bit more
in the tank."

The Blue Jackets quickly responded, with Zherdev tipping home
Foote's shot from the blue line a minute later to tie it. The goal
was Zherdev's 26th of the season.

Penalties mounted the rest of the period with Calgary failing to
convert on a 31-second, two-man advantage. After Foote's boarding
penalty on Iginla expired at 15:20, Foote also skated immediately
into a breakaway, but was stopped by Kiprusoff.

Game notes
Columbus' Rostislav Klesla hip-checked Marcus Nilson into
the Calgary bench, bringing the loudest roar of the night from the
crowd. ... Calgary is 2-4 on its seven-game trip that concludes
Sunday in Dallas. ... Foote's first assist was his 250th career
point and he tied a career high with his three points. The 14-year
veteran was signed in the offseason from Colorado. ... Kiprusoff
has a career-high 36 wins.