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Jets Snap Winning Streak, Fall to Flames in Calgary

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Jets Snap Winning Streak, Fall to Flames in Calgary

The Jets have finally lost a game.

Heading into action with the Calgary Flames on Saturday evening, Winnipeg had been riding a hot streak that had seen the team pick up points in seven-straight, including a three-game winning streak. That came to a halt in Calgary, as the well-rested Jets were unable to get much going, offensively.

Josh Morrissey had two assists for Winnipeg, while Neal Pionk and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored the goals. Heavily outshot, Connor Hellebuyck managed 32 saves on the 35 shots he faced in a losing effort.

Calgary got things going early, with Elias Lindholm redirecting a seemingly harmless Adam Ruzicka backhander past Connor Hellebuyck. Lindhom’s tip-in came just 3:23 into the frame, but the Jets did respond.

Scoring for Winnipeg was Neal Pionk, whose heavy wrist shot also found its way into the net following a deflection off a Flames defender. But then late in the frame, the Ruzicka/Lindholm connection came through again. Scoring with just 2:38 remaining in the opening period, Ruzicka finished off a two-on-one with Lindholm as the two collected their second points of the period.

Once again, Winnipeg responded, with Pierre-Luc Dubois finding his seventh of the season. The goal actually came on an extended four-on-four situation, with the Jets putting together a beautiful passing play in the open ice. All four players on the ice touched the puck, before Josh Morrissey picked up his team-leading 13th assist on a nifty setup to Dubois.

Despite both clubs being handed power play opportunities in the frame, neither the Jets nor Flames could really generate any sort of offence on their man advantages, let alone goals. For Winnipeg, the Jets actually fell to 0/3 on the power play without registering even a single shot on goal.

Making matters worse was Winnipeg’s play on one of its second period power plays.

Although the Jets had the extra man on the ice, it was Calgary that found the twine, on what was ultimately the final goal of the game. Just 10 seconds into a MacKenzie Weegar minor, former Jet Trevor Lewis put his club back atop the scoreboard, finishing off a two-on-one play with Mikael Backlund, scoring shorthanded and bringing the crowd to its feet at the Saddledome.

Heading into the third period, Winnipeg trailed on the scoreboard 3-2, as well as the shot department 24-19.

Unable to create much, offence-wise, the Jets opted to pull Connor Hellebuyck with a couple minutes left in the game, but Jacob Markstrom and the Flames were up the test. The Jets’ loss was the first for Winnipeg in its past three games. The win was Calgary’s first in its past seven.

The Jets now travel south to Seattle for the second half of an extremely tight back-to-back. With just 22 hours between games, Winnipeg will need to rebound quickly for its showdown with the Kraken at 7:00 PM from Climate Pledge Arena. The game can be viewed live on TSN.

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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