COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets destroyed the Calgary Flames tonight in one of the most lop-sided games of the season.

Although the final score was 2-1, the Jackets outplayed their opponents in all facets of the game including: shots (32-24), face-offs (36-0), hits (17-13), blocked shots (12-4) and takeaways (9-1). Restricting the Flames to 24 shots on goal is particularly impressive when considering that J.D.'s squad is ranked third in the league in SF/G with 29.4.

Dave Bolland scored the game's first goal early on in the opening period by burying a cross-crease pass from linemate Erik Christensen. "We practiced that cross-crease play a million times in NHL10 so it's nice to finally see our hardwork pay off", said Bolland. The Flames then tied it up 0:33 into the second period when Mike Cammalleri netted his 9th of the season.  Near the end of the second frame, the Jackets' top line took matters into their own hands and a beautiful tic-tac-toe play between Todd Bertuzzi, Olli Jokinen and Scott Niedermayer resulted in Bertuzzi tapping the puck into the open net to put the game out of reach.

Calgary tried to change the momentum in the third period by taking stupid penalties, but the Jackets outsmarted them by taking just as many dumb penalties, thus retaining the momentum.

Prior to puck drop, the Columbus faithful were treated to a ceremony where the team unveiled their new banner dedicated to the fans. "The banner says 'FANS #1', but let's not be fooled: Olli Jokinen is the real #1. I would say the fans are closer to #14 in terms of importance within the organization", said Jackets GM Eric. Regardless, the team could not have picked a better night to unveil the banner because nearly 17,000 fans were in attendance. That represents the highest regular season ticket sales at Nationwide Arena in the past two seasons.

Expect an even bigger turnout Monday night as the division rivals St. Louis Blues are in town. Along with the Nashville Predators, the Blues are the Central Division's bottom-feeders and are unlikely to put up much of a fight against the Jackets.