In many ways, the Calgary Flames’ contest on Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets felt like a rerun. The Flames weren’t awful and played effective structural hockey. But they couldn’t translate zone time into dangerous scoring chances, while the Jets were able to. The Flames lost 3-2 to Winnipeg to extend their losing skid to four games.

The rundown

The Flames and Jets had a fairly even first period. The Flames had a power play and had zero shots. The Jets had a power play and scored off the initial face-off on a deflection off Blake Wheeler to make it 1-0 Jets.
Shots were 10-6 Jets and scoring chances 6-5 Jets in the first period.
The Jets carried play in the second period and added to their lead off a bad line change by the Flames. Tucker Poolman sprang Kyle Connor into the Flames zone on a breakaway. Jacob Markstrom made the initial save, but Connor poked in his own rebound to make it 2-0.
Advertisement
Ad
Shots were 10-7 Jets and scoring chances 9-6 Jets in the second period.
The Flames got on the board on the power play early in the third period. After the first unit didn’t do a whole lot, Mikael Backlund kept it simple and chucked the puck on net. It deflected off Milan Lucic and Josh Morrissey and in to cut Winnipeg’s lead to 2-1.
But Lucic took two minors on the same play and Markstrom fired a puck over the glass on the penalty kill, leading to a two man advantage for the Jets. Paul Stastny buried a feed at the end of a nice passing sequence to make it 3-1 Jets.
The Flames got one back off a nice puck movement sequence, as Noah Hanifin fed Elias Lindholm, and Lindholm’s feed to the net-front was deflected by Matthew Tkachuk past Connor Hellebuyck to make it a 3-2 game.
Advertisement
Ad
The Flames got a late power play and made a push with the goalie pulled for the extra attacker, but they couldn’t get the game tied up and the Jets held on for the victory.
Shots were 13-9 Flames and scoring chances 5-4 Jets in the third period.

Why the Flames lost

The Flames had plenty of zone time, but couldn’t translate it into enough dangerous scoring opportunities between the dots. Meanwhile, the Jets were able to play a patient game and take advantage of Calgary’s miscues.

Red Warrior

Hanifin had a pair of assists and looked great with the puck.

The turning point

We have two:
  • The first was Connor’s goal, which extended Winnipeg’s lead to 2-0.
  • The second was the Lucic double-minor, which really killed the team’s momentum at the worst possible time. (And led to the third Winnipeg goal.)

The numbers

Data via Natural Stat Trick. Percentage stats are 5v5.
Corsi
For%
O-Zone
Face-Off%
Game
Score
Nesterov
76.0
70.0
0.440
Valimaki
73.1
70.0
0.710
Tkachuk
66.7
50.0
1.400
Lucic
66.7
71.4
0.520
Bennett
61.9
71.4
0.090
Ryan
60.0
70.0
0.610
Lindholm
57.1
55.6
-0.040
Mangiapane
55.0
20.0
-1.130
Nordstrom
53.9
62.5
0.070
Tanev
53.3
75.0
-1.010
Dube
50.0
75.0
-0.340
Leivo
50.0
62.5
0.090
Backlund
50.0
50.0
-0.530
Monahan
47.4
33.3
-0.510
Hanifin
46.7
77.8
-0.320
Giordano
36.4
27.3
-1.830
Gaudreau
33.3
33.3
-2.260
Andersson
31.8
33.3
-1.910
Markstrom
0.630
Rittich

This and that

The Flames are 1-14-1 when trailing after two periods and 4-14-1 when their opponent scores first.

Up next

The Flames (15-17-3) are back in action on Saturday night in a rematch against the Jets.
Advertisement
Ad