Calgary Flames 3 Winnipeg Jets 0
The Flames rolled into Winnipeg with a chance to win their 9th straight and they did not disappoint.
The Winnipeg Jets came out flying in the opening stanza and really forced the play on the Flames, but it was Calgary who would close out the period with a lead. At 14:06 Mikael Backlund would take a feed from Dougie Hamilton and put the Flames up 1-0. The goal was Backlund’s 48th point of the season, which is a career high for the Flames centre. Brian Elliott would continue to be a brick wall as he stopped all 7 shots he faced in the period.
The start of the second period was another good start for the Jets. They came out with the same energy to start the game, but that pesky goaltender at the other end of the ice wasn’t having it. Brian Elliott had another strong period stopping 14 shots that came his way. The Flames would have MULTIPLE power play opportunities in this period and they would capitalize on one of them. Matthew Tkachuk settled himself out front which created enough havoc for Michael Frolik to collect the loose puck and bury his 15th of the season giving the Flames a 2-0 lead. The rest of the period was spent watching the Winnipeg Jets head to and from the penalty box. Winnipeg would snag 3 more high sticking penalties and a 5 minute major for fighting as Jacob Trouba got a broken face for fighting Sam Benentt. Yes, the new, fiesty, knuckle sandwich making Sam Bennett.
Everything pretty much settled in for the third and final period. Calgary would net the only goal of the period as Alex Chiasson would fire a wrist shot past Connor Hellebuyck to put the Flames up 3-0. Dougie Hamilton would pick up an assist on Chiasson’s goal, giving him 3 for the night. Not bad for a guy that was a game time decision. Brian Elliott would stop all 31 shots that came his way, earning his second straight shut out.
The Flames have now won 9 in a row and are really rolling. That’s 2 straight shut outs by Elliott and the 3M Line scored 2 of the Flames 3 goals tonight. The Flames next take the ice on Monday at home against the Penguins.
Flame of The Game
Dougie Hamilton grabbed 3 assists tonight, giving him 44 points on the season. Hamilton left Thursday night’s game with an injury and didn’t appear to be bothered by it at all tonight.