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The Morning After The Heritage Classic: Calgary Falls To Winnipeg 2-1 In OT

Calgary had a 1-0 lead for almost 20 minutes but couldn’t hold on for a win.

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The Morning After

Calgary Flames 1 - Winnipeg Jets 2 (OT)

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The Flames and Jets clashed outdoors last night at the Heritage Classic with Winnipeg beating the Flames in OT 2-1. The game looked picturesque under the lights with the snow flying from the drop of the puck, but as a whole there wasn’t much flow to the game. The teams combined for 75 shots on the night, but only three goals were scored.

Calgary would get on the board first at the 14:47 mark of the second period when Elias Lindholm would take a feed from Johnny Gaudreau on the door step and tap in his 7th goal of the season. This one didn’t come without controversy though as Matthew Tkachuk batted down a Winnipeg clearing attempt with what looked like a high stick. The Jets would challenge, the officials would look at the play and determined all was good and Calgary would grab a 1-0 lead.

That 1-0 lead would hold for almost 20 minutes until Winnipeg’s Josh Morrissey would finally get the Jets on the board in the third. The Jets defenseman would solve David Rittich for his first of the season and we were tied at 1-1. Nothing else would happen until the 3:04 mark of OT on Winnipeg’s 45th shot of the game. Bryan Little would take a feed from a streaking Kyle Connor on a 2 on 1 and finish a tap in on the door step to send the Jets to a 2-1 victory at the Heritage Classic.


-Most Saves Dave: David Rittich withstood a barrage of Winnipeg shots last night, stopping 43 of the 45 shots he faced. His 43 saves are now the most ever in a Heritage Classic, with Miikka Kiprusoff’s 39 being the prior high water mark from 2011.

-First Ever: Last night’s overtime contest was the first time the Heritage Classic has ever gone to overtime.

-600 Club: Another day, another milestone for a Flames player. Last night’s outdoor game saw Travis Hamonic hit the ice for the 600th time in his career.

-PK Strong: The Flames took some untimely penalties last night, but the penalty kill bailed them out almost every time. Calgary’s PK went 4-5, meaning they have killed 30 out of the last 32 penalties they have taken.


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