The Flames set a franchise record with 62 shots on goal with the Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Matthew Tkachuk scored twice and the Calgary Flames fired a team record with 62 shots on goal as he beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-0 on Wednesday night.

Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves for his 13th shutout of his career, sending the Blue Jackets to their third loss in a row and fourth in a row at home. Calgary bombed Columbus goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins, who stopped 56 shots.

Andrew Mangiapane, Mikael Backlund, Elias Lindholm and Erik Gudbranson added goals to the Flames, who have won three of four. Johnny Gaudreau had three assists.

Markstrom is unbeaten in four starts against Columbus, and the Flames have won the last five matchups between the teams.

Backlund started scoring at 4:21 in the first period, hitting Merzlikin’s sticking point for his fourth goal of the season and the first since November 21.

Mangiapane made it 2-0 at 15:14 with a deflection that stood after a replay challenge for a high stick. It was his 19th of the season, 18 of which have come on the road.

Tkachuk’s shot with 5.2 seconds left of the second put Calgary ahead 3-0.

Columbus failed to get a shot on goal in the second until 8:50 left in the period. Merzlikins faced 39 shots through two.

Calgary made it 4-0 just 30 seconds inside the third as Lindholm converted Gaudreau’s rebound.

Gudbranson’s shot from the blue line at 6:55, his first goal of the season, made it 5-0. Tkachuk scored his team-leading number 20 in 7:36.

Gaudreau extended his scoring streak to six games and leads the Flames with 35 assists left with 16 goals.


Flames: At St. Louis Blues Thursday.

Blue Jackets: Host first-place New York Rangers on Thursday.

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