KINSHASA -- Flames fans are outraged tonight following the team's embarassing loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The loss has sparked massive protests across the African continent, where the majority of Flames fans reside. Protesters are calling for an end to GM-JD's dictatorship of the franchise. "JD must step down immediately. If he cannot even beat a non-playoff team, how does he expect to lead us to victory in the playoffs?", said one fan. Cars and buildings were set on fire amidst the protests and rebel groups are said to be marching towards JD's compound as we speak.

After a scoreless first period, the Flames took the lead early in the second frame as D Andy Greene converted off a one-timer from defensive partner D Sergei Gonchar. Moments later, however, team enforcer RW Steve Ott laid down a vicious flying elbow on Jackets defenseman D Shaone Morrisonn, injuring the Columbus player and turning the momentum into the visiting team's favour.

The Jackets immediately profited from the change of pace by scoring no fewer than 3 goals within a span of 1:19. As the second period was winding down, the Jackets added a fourth goal to put the game out of reach.

With the win Columbus sits 1 point behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the 8th spot in the Western Conference, but the team has 3 games in hand on GM-Mark's squad.

-- BJ Express