Calgary Flames (2) - Winnipeg Jets (0)
Calgary flipped the script on Winnipeg Tuesday night as they defeated the Jets 2-0 at the Saddledome. These two teams met on Sunday night with Winnipeg’s three goal outburst in the third period being the difference in a 4-1 victory, but that wasn’t the story on this night. Calgary dominated Winnipeg in almost all the important categories in this contest, including the most important one: on the scoreboard. The Flames out shot the Jets 33-20. They won 61% of their face-offs. They had a PPG. The PK was 1-1. Calgary also cut down on their giveaways, turning the puck over only 11 times as compared to Winnipeg’s 17.
Calgary got on the board first at the 13:37 mark of the second period while on the PP. Winnipeg's Nathan Beauleiu would head tot he box for tripping and the Flames top PP unit would make the Jets pay. Johnny Gaudreau would feed Sean Monahan who would collect his second goal of the preseason and the Flames were up 1-0 and they wouldn’t surrender that lead. A mere 33 seconds later Sam Bennett would score his second goal of the preseason and that was more than enough for the Flames on this night.
David Rittich got the start and went the distance for the Flames, stopping all 20 shots that came his way. Despite a lighter work load he was extremely solid Tuesday night and gave the Flames their first shut out of the preseason and it’s best goaltending performance by far. Besides Rittich’s performance the Flames suited up a full on NHL lineup last night that was clicking on all cylinders. Johnny Gaudreau and Milan Lucic led the Flames with five SOG a piece and Lucic also led Calgary with four hits and was second on the team with two takeaways.
The win moves the Flames to 3-2-1 with only two games left before the 2019-20 regular season starts. Calgary is back in action Thursday night when they pay a visit to the San Jose Sharks.