The Calgary Flames faced off against the Winnipeg Jets for the final time this season. While Calgary was still technically hanging on for dear life, the Jets were instead looking to clinch their spot in the playoffs. Ultimately, the Jets were able to accomplish their goal by locking in an emphatic win over the same team that eliminated them in the qualifiers last season.
The Jets scored early in the first to take the wind out of Calgary’s sails, with Adam Lowry beating Jacob Markstrom on a 3-on-1 where he skated into the zone and elected to take the shot instead of passing it off. Lowry doubled the Jets lead with a shorthanded goal as the Flames failed to enter the offensive zone on their power play. Late in the second and early in the third, Jets captain Blake Wheeler scored two goals to notch his 799th and 800th career NHL points.
That’s all there was for scoring, with Winnipeg tallying four goals on 19 shots. The Flames were unable to solve Connor Hellebuyck at all, despite nearly doubling the Jets’ shot totals. There were a few close calls with crossbars hit and a few loose pucks in the crease, but at no point did luck draw in favour of Calgary and their offence was ultimately stifled.
This loss coupled with the Montreal Canadiens’ loss to the Ottawa Senators means the Flames aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs just yet, but any extension of hope for the bench at this point is completely moot as everyone has seen the writing on the wall many games ago.
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