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Shelley slams in a double to shoot down the Flames

AP , Columbus, Ohio

Jody Shelley is perhaps the most popular Columbus Blue Jackets player -- not because of his offense.

The scar-faced tough guy had his first career two-goal game and the Blue Jackets rediscovered their power play in a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Calgary Flames.

"The two goals, that's pretty awesome," Shelley said with a gap-toothed grin, evidence of his countless on-ice fights. "I was pretty pumped, and the boys were pretty pumped to see it. It's just one of those things."

Shelley, who led the NHL in penalty minutes last season, had only four goals in his previous 145 games. He had one career two-point game.

"It's great to see," said Andrew Cassels, whose first goal of the season put Columbus ahead 3-2. "He works so hard in practice and the games. It's nice to see him get rewarded."

Shelley hadn't had a goal in 53 games before he redirected defenseman Scott Lachance's blast from the blue line 5:38 into the first period to tie it 1-1. It was his first power-play goal.

Columbus was 3-for-8 on the power play after failing to convert on 12 straight opportunities and scoring on just two of 37 man-advantages the previous eight games.

"That's what won the game for us, special teams," said Geoff Sanderson, who had a power-play goal. "And Marc Denis made some big saves when he had to."

Calgary was 0-for-5 on the power play. The Flames had a season-high 45 shots, 11 more than their previous best.

Steven Reinprecht opened the scoring 2:41 in, jamming in a centering pass from Craig Conroy. It was the Flames' first goal in 125 minutes after consecutive shutout losses to Detroit and Minnesota.

Hurricanes 1, Lightning 1

At Raleigh, North Carolina, Marty Murray scored his first goal in a Carolina uniform and goaltender Jamie Storr held off Tampa Bay in overtime to help the host Hurricanes.

Tampa Bay was outshot 38-22 in regulation and had a 4-1 shot advantage in overtime but only beat Storr once.

Lightning backup John Grahame played well in place of Nikolai Khabibulin, who was given a day off. Cory Stillman scored for Tampa Bay.

Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 3, OT

At Chicago, Steve Konowalchuk scored his second goal of the game with 5.5 seconds remaining in overtime.

Konowalchuk tied it with 8:44 left in the third period to tie it at 3.

Colorado's Alex Tanguay also scored in the third period to help the Avalanche rally from a 3-1 deficit. Milan Hejduk scored in the first period for Colorado, undefeated in four games (3-0-1).

In other NHL games: Mighty Ducks 2, Coyotes 1, OT

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