Rittich makes 43 saves, Flames shut out Blue Jackets
- David Rittich made 43 saves for the Calgary Flames in a 3-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.
- Rittich made 18 saves in the second period and 16 in the third for his second shutout of the season and third in the NHL.
“We played well, but in the third we stepped back again,” Rittich said. “We have to figure out we have to play 60 minutes.”
- Rittich was one save shy of his NHL career-high 44 against the New York Rangers on Oct. 21, 2018.
“Every night, he’s in the zone whether or not we put on the performance we need to,” Calgary forward Sean Monahan said. “When we’re not, he steps up in a big way and responds.”
- Monahan, Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk scored, and Elias Lindholm had two assists for the Flames (8-6-2), who are 3-1-1 in their past five games.
- Joonas Korpisalo made 26 saves for the Blue Jackets (5-6-3), who are 0-3-1 in the past four games.
“We’ve got to get ourselves out of it,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “We need to get back to where we were playing. We will. That’s just how the League is. There’s no explanation. You lose your game.
“There’s a number of guys really squeezing their sticks.”
- Lindholm extended his point streak to six games (four goals, four assists). …
- Tkachuk has six points (five goals, one assist) in the past five games. …
- Gaudreau has five assists in a four-game point streak. …
- Blue Jackets forward Kole Sherwood made his season debut after being recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Saturday.
- He went into the NHL concussion protocol in the second period after being punched in the face by Flames forward Milan Lucic but returned later in the period. Lucic, who received a double minor for roughing, will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday.
Sources & Credits: Craig Merz / NHL.com, CAL Flames, CLB Blue Jackets