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Calgary Flames Take Commanding 2-1 Series Lead Over Winnipeg Jets

Flames beat Jets Aug 4
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For the second time in two days, the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames played each other. After losing to a fired-up Jets team who seemed to be seeking revenge – both on the body of Matthew Tkachuk and the score sheet, the quick turnaround seemed to favor the Flames – at least mentally. Given their 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Jets yesterday, they were likely ready to get back into action.

Pre-Game Notes:

With the series tied at one game each, there is still plenty of animosity between these two teams. The Jets were able to fight back and tie the series without the services of Mark Scheifele or Patrik Laine. “I’m proud we won the game in the manner that we did with the injuries that we had, because it will give the people that are not familiar to our season a glimpse of what we’ve been doing all year,” head coach Paul Maurice had noted.

In response, Flames’ veteran winger Milan Lucic responded, “Just like in the season when there’s back-to-backs, you don’t have time to dwell on wins and losses, just get back to it. That’s where our mindset has to be.” As it turns out, Lucic was correct.

Game Notes:

Midway through the first period, the score was even at zeros. But, in a matter of 18 seconds, each team had scored to keep things close. Nikolaj Ehlers got his second-ever playoff goal and Elias Lindholm stayed hot, getting his second of the series.

During the second period, the Flames took the lead for good by scoring three to only one for the Jets. Calgary added two more in the third period, and that was the game.

In total, the Calgary Flames scored three power-play goals during Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets to take a 2-1 lead in their qualifying series. Sean Monahan was Calgary’s leading scorer with a goal and two assists.

Other Flames goal-scorers included Elias Lindholm and Mikael Backlund, who each scored and had an assist, and Matthew Tkachuk, Milan Lucic, and Johnny Gaudreau. Gaudreau’s goal was an empty-netter. Rounding out the other scoring was Andrew Mangiapane, who had two assists. Calgary starter Cam Talbot made 33 saves for the win.

Chief among the reasons the Jets lost is that Vezina Trophy favorite Connor Hellebuyck was outplayed by not-even-thought-about-for-the Vezina goalie Cam Talbot. Hellebuyck was not on his game and his final numbers were five goals against and 26 saves on 31 shots for a 0.839 save percentage. At the other end of the ice, Talbot stood tall in goal – facing 35 shots and saving 33 of them. His save percentage for the game was a blistering 0.943.

Next Game Notes:

The two teams battle again on Thursday. Given that the Jets are missing both Mark Scheifelle and Patrik Laine, it will be tough for them to make a comeback. That is unless Hellebuyck absolutely steals a game, which he is totally capable of doing. Failing that, it looks as if the Flames have both the edge in games and in skilled players on the ice. Clearly, the Flames are feeling redemption tonight as they savor their Game 3 victory.

 

Score

FLAMES

2-1-0

 

JETS

1-2-0

6

2

 

Scoring Summary:

Period 1

Goal

Assists

10:04 – Nikolaj Ehlers (2) Dmitry Kulikov, Nathan Beaulieu

10:22 – Elias Lindholm (2)  Erik Gustafsson, Sean Monahan

Period 2

Goal

Assists

5:37 – Mikael Backlund (2) Andrew Mangiapane

7:49 – Sean Monahan (1) (PP) Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk

8:09 – Andrew Kopp (2) (PP) Blake Wheeler, Neal Pionk

12:48 – Matthew Tkachuk (1) Andrew Mangiapane, Mikael Backlund

Period 3

Goal

Assists

8:28 – Milan Lucic (1) Dillon Dube, Mark Giordano

Johnny Gaudreau (2) Empty Net Sean Monahan

 

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