Following a significant wire-to-wire victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, the Jets headed east to Calgary for a matchup with their fellow Canadian Western Conference rival. Things began incredibly for Winnipeg, who jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 15 seconds in. However, the Flames responded with five-straight goals in the frame, doing the Jets in rather quickly for a 6-3 home win.
It wasn’t even close.
After Brandon Tanev opened the scoring just moments after the game’s first puck drop, Calgary’s Dillon Dube collected his first career NHL goal, before Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk put up back-to-back markers, ending Jets’ netminder Connor Hellebuyck’s night early, just 11 minutes into the game.
Laurent Brossait came into the game with nine minutes to play in the first period, trailing 3-1, but did not fare much better, allowing two more Calgary goals in the first period to Mark Jankowski and Johnny Gaudreau. Not only was Winnipeg outscored in the opening 20 minutes, but the Jets were also outplayed and heavily outshot 14-9 after one.
Knowing they must respond to Calgary’s heavy start, Winnipeg put up one goal late in the second period immediately following a power play opportunity. Patrik Laine blasted his 12th of the year past David Rittich on the Jets’ 17th shot of the frame – matching Calgary’s total shot output through two periods.
The third period also saw another set of Winnipeg chances, as Laine collected his second of the game on a sweet cross-ice feed from Dustin Byfuglien. Laine’s 13th of the year came six minutes into the final frame on a Juuso Valimaki delay of game penalty. Shortly after, the Jets thought they had another, but upon further review it was determined that Jacob Trouba had interfered with Rittich before the puck was poked across the line, keeping Winnipeg two goals behind their Pacific Division foes.
5-3 was as close as it came for the Jets, as Calgary added an empty net marker to seal the deal for the Flames. Winnipeg continues its four-game road trip with a Friday afternoon contest in Minnesota, before heading to St. Louis for a Saturday evening tilt with the Blues. Puckdrop in St. Paul is set for 3:00 P.M. central and the game can be viewed live on TSN3.