Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rene Bourque Scores Overtime Winner as Blue Jackets Edge Flames 3-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rene Bourque Scores Overtime Winner as Blue Jackets Edge Flames 3-2

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Bourque lifts Blue Jackets over Flames in OT


CALGARY - So far, so good for Rene Bourque-- who on his third NHL team this season is finally enjoying some success.

Bourque scored his second goal of the game 4:01 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

With prolonged pressure in the Flames end, Kevin Connauton's shot was stopped but Bourque slipped the rebound past Karri Ramo.

"I'm still trying to see his full game but I'll tell you, when he skates and he works, he is a real impactful player for us because he's got great size and he's got a knack around the net," said Columbus coach Todd Richards."

Bourque was acquired by Columbus at the trade deadline as part of the package surrendered by Anaheim in order to acquire defenceman James Wisniewski. At the time, Bourque had two goals in 43 games between the Ducks and Montreal-- where he opened the season.

It's been a different story since arriving in Ohio. Bourque has four goals in eight games and finds himself playing alongside talented Ryan Johansen, who set up Bourque's first goal that tied the score 1-1 in the first period.

"I just feel I'm getting some chances. I'm around the puck a lot and I feel good out there so it's nice," said Bourque, whose best seasons came in Calgary where twice he put up 27 goals.

Artem Anisimov also scored for Columbus (33-35-4), which has won six-of-seven games-- including its first ever sweep of Western Canada.

Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler scored for Calgary (39-27-6).

Locked in a tight playoff race in the Western Conference, the Flames remain third in the Pacific Division, two points back of Vancouver and two points up on Los Angeles. The Canucks and Kings hold a game in hand.

Bob Hartley took little solace in the fact Calgary probably deserved better, outshooting Columbus 40-26. …

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