The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets met for the first time this season on Saturday night. The Flames entered the game red hot on a five game winning streak while the Jets have lost their last two games. Both teams are flirting with playoff spots right now, with the Jets having just been knocked out by the Kings earlier today.
The Flames won the season series last year winning two 2 out of 3 games with both victories coming at the Dome.
Chad Johnson gets yet another start for the Flames while the rest of the lineup stayed the same from Thursday’s victory over the Coyotes.
The game would get going early with Chris Thorburn and Deryk Engelland have a spirited fight. It was a solid dustup with both guys landing good shots.
The Flames would get a couple stellar chances during the middle portion of the period with Sam Bennett getting the best opportunity but being denied by Michael Hutchinson sliding across the crease.
Calgary would get sent to the powerplay when rookie sensation Patrik Laine boarded Mikael Backlund. Laine seemed to get tricked by Backlund who skated by the puck and but didn’t take it, Laine thought he did and laid him out as a result in a hit that was borderline dangerous.
The Flames would get a few good chances but fail to score on the powerplay.
The opening period would conclude with no score in the game and the Flames outshooting the Jets 16-9 in the period.
Sean Monahan would take an early slashing penalty at the start of the period to give the Jets a powerplay. The Flames would do a great job in killing it before the Jets took a too many men penalty to bring the game to 4 on 4 for about half a minute.
The Flames would then go on the powerplay and get a few shots but be unable to score.
Calgary would get a 1-0 lead when Dougie Hamilton wired the puck past Hutchinson after Tkachuk set him up with a good drop pass. Backlund also gets an assist on the goal just under halfway into the second.
The Flames would be shorthanded seconds later when Brodie took a penalty trying to slow down a Jet. Calgary would have an excellent penalty kill not allowing a single Jet shot.
Sam Bennett would make it 2-0 Flames when he was fed the puck as a trailer from Johnny and wired a shot past Hutchinson. Dennis Wideman gets an assist on the goal.
Dougie Hamilton would make it 3-0 with his second of the period with a slapshot from the point. Tkachuk and Backlund with assists. He now has three goals in two games.
Calgary would get a powerplay when Johnny was hooked by resident rager Dustin Byfuglien.
Mikael Backlund would get a goal on the PP to make it 4-0!! Tkachuk and Dougie would get assists on the goal. All three players have had three point second periods.
The second period ends with the Flames all over Winnipeg 4-0! Shots in the game sit at 29-15 for the Flames.
The Jets would replace Hutchinson with Connor Hellebucyk to start the period. Hutchinson allowed 4 goals on 29 shots and 4 goals in a 9:23 span of the second.
Lance Bouma (yes Lance Bouma) would make it 5-0 by getting a partial breakaway and backhanding a shot into the Winnipeg net.
There would then be a large portion of the period where the Flames slacked off somewhat but still had a few chances as both teams had accepted the fate of the game.
Engelland would be given a penalty later on in the period to give the Jets a powerplay, not that it matters.
The Jets would get onto the board on the powerplay and break Johnson’s shutout bid to make it 5-1.
Dustin Byfuglien and Garnet Hathaway would get into a “fight” when Byfuglien essentially jumped him after a whistle, quite a bit of Jet frustration as Hathaway does his job. The Flames also got a powerplay out of the altercation.
The Flames would continue their powerplay excellence with Sean Monahan burying a one-timer from Johnny. Sean Monahan extends his point streak to 7 games. 6-1 Flames.
Michael Frolik would be whistled for high-sticking late to give the Jets a powerplay for the remainder of the game.
The Jets would actually score with 0.1 seconds left (!!! what the heck) to make it 6-2 but who really cares. It’s just a bummer that it hurts Johnson’s stats.
Flames WIN 6-2 over the Jets and have extended their win streak to six games! Final shots 35-28 for the Flames.
- Can Johnny Gaudreau be stopped? Another two point night. 8 points in 4 games.
- Dougie Hamilton had a big night with 2 goals and an assist
- Chad Johnson was solid again especially early when the game was close
- Struggled to find anything really bad about this game other than a bit of a slow start but not too bad
- Garnet Hathaway: After getting the high stick early and then clocked in the head by Byfuglien three or four times, he’s likely a little worse for wear
The Flames have stayed hot and are now up to 16-13-2 on the season and in sole possession of first in the Pacific Division for at least tonight.
Calgary is now off for a few days until Wednesday when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning where they’ll try to extend the streak to seven games.
What a night! What a run! Go Flames Go!