The Columbus Blue Jackets destroyed the Calgary Flames tonight by the score of 3-2. Despite being outshot 35-20, the Jackets controlled the tempo for the entire game and forced the Flames into taking weak clappers from centre ice (hence the high shot total).

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When asked to comment on his seemingly busy night in nets, goaltender Vesa Toskala had this to say: "Calgary's game plan was to shoot the puck from very far away and hope that it would take a funny bounce and beat me. It was pretty easy getting my body in front of the puck, and I was only fooled twice!"

Offensively, it was the Jackets' big guns that did the damage. LW Jerred Smithson started the scoring by netting his 8th of the season, which was then followed by RW T.J. Oshie's 3rd and RW Craig Adams' 6th, which proved to be the game winner. Adams, 45SC, displayed his individual talent by going coast-to-coast before putting the puck past Marty Brodeur. At one point, he had all 5 Flames players hanging onto his legs and shoulders, trying to drag him down, but nothing could stop him.


ABOVE: Craig Adams (#27) is seen celebrating his game-winning goal after embarassing all 5 Flames skaters.

The Blue Jackets will be flying out to St. Louis tomorrow morning in preparation for their first game of a home-and-home series against the Blues. St. Louis currently leads the Central Division with 79 points, but GM-Eric is confident that his team can sweep both games: "St. Louis is probably one of the best teams on paper, but the absolute worst team on the ice. I don't know what is going on in that locker room, but the big names like Lecavalier, Crosby and Brodeur are not performing at all. Personally, I don't think the players have any respect for the General Manager, who has made some questionable moves in the past few weeks and who is constantly adjusting his line combinations. I can't wait to beat them twice in a row and hopefully we'll ruin their playoff hopes."

Reports out of St. Louis suggest that tough guy Andrew Peters, who is suspended for the first game against the Jackets, will be out for blood once the series shifts back to Columbus on Monday night. "Is that so? Then I'll have to dress [i]The Bitz[/i] (Byron Bitz)", says GM-Eric.