Backup Goalie, Blue Jackets Put Out Flames 3-0

Blues snap road slide against Habs 4-3, Caps best Preds 4-2
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 11:03 PM CDT
Columbus Blue Jackets' Manny Malhotra celebrates his second goal of the game against the Calgary Flames, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 18, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio.    (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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(Newser) – The Columbus Blue Jackets’ backup net minder Fredrik Norrena stopped 18 shots en route to his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames. Manny Malhotra led Columbus with two goals, his second such effort in as many games. Rick Nash added a goal and two assist, according to the Associated Press. Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • The St. Louis Blues ended a 10-game road losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens. Brad Boyes scored a goal in regulation and also netted the only tally in the shootout.
  • Alexander Ovechkin improved his NHL-leading goal total to 58 in the Capitals 4-2 win over the Predators. The Russian also recorded two assists in the victory.