CALGARY Womens Andrew Cogliano Jersey , Alberta (AP) — the Columbus Blue Jackets hit three goal posts.It was that kind of night.Johnny Gaudreau scored his team-leading 35th goal and Michael Frolik added a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames beat Columbus 4-2 on Tuesday.“We’re finding ways to not score, I guess. It’s frustrating, but you’ve got to keep going and have the faith that it’s going to break,” Blue Jackets forward Matt Duchene said. “Today we lost some ground, but we’re still in a (playoff) spot.”David Rittich made 31 saves to win his fourth start in a row. Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for the Flames, and Austin Czarnik had two assists.Oliver Bjorkstrand and defenseman Zach Werenski scored for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots.“They had a push Brandon Montour Jersey Kids , for sure. They’re a desperate team. A really big, strong team that plays well,” Calgary captain Mark Giordano said. “Their defensemen get in the rush, so it was an important two points for us tonight and I thought we dug deep.”The Flames were the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot Sunday.With nine games remaining in the regular season, their objective is staying atop the Pacific Division ahead of San Jose. Calgary opened a three-point lead over the idle Sharks, who clinched a playoff berth Tuesday when the Minnesota Wild lost to Colorado.“It’s nine games to the end, we’ve got three points up Authentic Cam Fowler Jersey Fanatics Branded: New Adidas Breakaway Womens Youth Anaheim Ducks NHL Jerseys , so every single point is important,” Rittich said. “We want to finish first.”Columbus is clinging to the second Eastern Conference wild-card slot by one point after Montreal’s 3-1 victory in Philadelphia.Blue Jackets shooters hit the post three times in the first 40 minutes, prompting Rittich to give his posts a kiss during the game.“Three goal posts,” Duchene lamented. “We’re playing good hockey. Just not getting the offense when we need it.”Mangiapane scored late in the first period and Frolik 35 seconds into the second to give the Flames an early 3-1 cushion.Bjorkstrand’s power-play goal at 5:28 of the third pulled the Blue Jackets within a goal. His wrist shot from the faceoff circle rolled up and over Rittich’s left shoulder.Rittich, however, stymied a second man-advantage midway through the period after Calgary was called for delay of game.“There was a few I thought he made look easy that were difficult saves,” Giordano said. “That was huge for us.”Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin blocked a shot with the back of his head midway through the second period. He left the game Womens Corey Perry Jersey , but returned for the third.Rittich certainly got help from the goal posts and his teammates, but he also didn’t give up rebounds to Columbus for follow-up chances.“There wasn’t much laying around,” Calgary coach Bill Peters said. “I thought he was real tidy.”Frolik scored Calgary’s third goal on a neutral-zone pass from defenseman T.J. Brodie. Frolik eluded Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones to beat Bobrovsky.Calgary’s Garnet Hathaway and Blue Jackets defenseman Adam McQuaid collided behind the play a minute later and traded punches.Lukas Sedlak and Ryan Dzingel both shot the puck off Rittich’s left post for the Blue Jackets during the last three minutes of the first period.But Calgary led 2-1 on Mangiapane’s goal with the clock ticking down. He had half an open net to score with a backhand when Bobrovsky lost track of Mark Jankowski’s pass through traffic.Gaudreau pulled the Flames even at 12:44. From the behind the goal line, Derek Ryan threw the puck to Gaudreau in the high slot for the winger to score.Werenski made the most of a neutral-zone turnover by Calgary for the game’s first goal. The defenseman hustled the puck into the offensive zone and beat Rittich with a wrist shot at 10:25.NOTES: Flames center Sean Monahan (illness) and winger Sam Bennett (upper body) were scratched for a second straight game. … Giordano tied Robyn Regehr for the second-most games played for Calgary (826). … With an assist, Giordano has five in his past five games.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Visit the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.Flames: Host the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) AJ Mleczko understands there is not a lot of women’s hockey on television outside the Olympics.Mleczko took home Olympic gold with the U.S. in 1998 and silver in 2002. She took on a broadcaster’s role for the 2006 Games. And now she will make the transition to men’s hockey at the NHL level for at least one day when she does color analysis on NBC’s national broadcast March 6 when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Boston Bruins.The 42-year-old Mleczko follows the footsteps of former U.S. national teammate and Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato, who did rinkside reporting for NBC in 2006-07 and Cassie Campbell-Pascall Kyle Brodziak Jersey Womens , who works NHL games for Sportsnet in Canada and was the first woman to do color commentary on ”Hockey Night In Canada.””I’m excited because it’s a big opportunity for me and I love being involved in hockey,” Mleczko said. ”This opens up doors for me to be able to do this.”Hockey has been a bit slower than some other sports in getting women into the broadcast booth for play-by-play or color analyst roles. ESPN has used Jessica Mendoza full-time on ”Sunday Night Baseball” since 2016 and has had Doris Burke doing college and pro basketball color work since 2000.Mleczko impressed executives so much with her work in South Korea that NBC Sports executive producer and president of production Sam Flood asked her what she was doing March 6 and if she’d be interested in being in the booth with play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert and work with between-the-benches analyst Brian Boucher for the Detroit-Boston game.Of course Mleczko was interested, so it’s her gig.”AJ has done a wonderful job as an analyst at the Olympics, both in Pyeongchang and dating back to her work at the Torino Games more than a decade ago,” Flood said. ”She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the booth, and we’re excited to have her team up with Chris and Brian in Boston.”Mleczko certainly earned her chance with her work on the Olympic women’s tournament that ended with the United States beating Canada for its first gold medal since 1998. She was on the broadcast with Kenny Albert and Pierre McGuire for the instant classic women’s final that went to a shootout .That’s a more important game than a meeting between the Bruins and Red Wings on a Tuesday night in March, but it’s a reward for Mleczko and perhaps an audition for more NHL games down the road.”I feel like I’ve learned a lot through the years that I’ve worked with them Jakob Silfverberg Jersey ,” she said. ”And the fact that NBC has enough to faith to give me this opportunity, it means a lot to me. It does mean a lot to me and I feel the pressure partly because I want to make them proud and make myself proud of work that hopefully will be able to do.”—