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Jets Fight Back for 4-2 Road Victory Over Rival Flames

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Jets Fight Back for 4-2 Road Victory Over Rival Flames

It didn’t start out well for Winnipeg in Calgary Saturday evening, but the resilient Jets bounced back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Flames with four unanswered goals, shaking their five-game losing streak in the process.

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck promised his team would ‘bring it’ on Saturday, and save for a couple early strikes from the red-hot Flames, his crew put up a solid defensive effort against a fast-paced Calgary offence.

Hellebuyck turned aside 34 of 36 shots in the win, while Kyle Connor scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season as Winnipeg improved its record to 10-7-4 on the year. Captain Blake Wheeler picked up the primary assists on both Connor markers, helping the offence-starved duo to some much needed points.

Calgary did strike first, very early on Saturday evening. Just 26 seconds into the game Matthew Tkachuk collected his 10th of the year on a nice setup play from Johnny Gaudreau. Then, with Evgeny Svechnikov in the box for boarding, Calgary’s power play wasted little time doubling up its lead. Scoring just six seconds into the man advantage was Elias Lindholm, earning his ninth goal of the year off a set face-off play.

But that was about it for the Flames’ offence. Although continuing to pepper shots at Hellebuyck, the Jets’ backstop stood his ground, turning aside the rest of the pucks he faced on the night.

Connor collected his 13th tally of the season late in the first period to help cut the home team’s lead in half, while seeing his teammates put up a total of 13 shots in the frame – one less than Calgary’s 14.

The middle stanza saw Paul Stastny – who had just returned to the Jets’ lineup on Friday in Minnesota following an extended injury recover – score his fifth of the campaign to tie the game at twos.

With the shots dead even at 20 a piece heading into the third period, Calgary came out firing, and doubled up Winnipeg in the frame with 16 shots to the visitors’ eight. But of the eight shots on goal, the Jets scored twice.

Connor got his second of the game with just 4:51 to go, before Andrew Copp put the nail in the coffin with his sixth goal of the season on an empty-netter from Pierre-Luc Dubois with just one minute remaining. Wheeler had two assists, while Neal Pionk, Evgeny Svechnikov, Mark Scheifele and Logan Stanley also picked up helpers.

Winnipeg returns home to Canada Life Centre for a four-game homestand beginning on Monday evening with the Arizona Coyotes. New Jersey, Toronto and Carolina then roll into town over the next week for battles with the Jets. Monday’s 6:30 PM central matchup can be seen live on Sportsnet.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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