In what was billed as the most important game of the season—and one that could determine their playoff fate—the Calgary Flames earned a crucial regulation victory over the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 3–1.
Despite giving up the opening goal, the Flames would score three unanswered from Andrew Mangiapane, Walker Duehr, and Nikita Zadorov to take home the victory.
The Flames overcame a disallowed goal in the second period, a wallop of penalties, and a pretty putrid power play to sneak past the Jets in a playoff-like affair. Tensions were clearly high, with lots of players laying into the physical aspect of the game, but the Flames were able to somewhat tow the line to victory.
Of course the biggest part of that win was the play of Jacob Markstrom. After a disappointing showing against the Anahiem Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, it was the Markstrom of old that came to play today. Stopping 34 of 35 shots that he faced, Markstrom kept his team in the game with countless key saves. The second night of a back-to-back is truly his forte.
With the win, the Flames playoff hopes get an injection of adrenaline. They are slim, but this was a crucial first step.
|Kyle Connor (PPG)||Nikolaj Ehlers, Pierre-Luc Dubois||11:42 | 1st||CGY 0 – 1 WPG|
|Andrew Mangiapane||Mikael Backlund||06:06 | 2nd||CGY 1 – 1 WPG|
|Walker Duehr (PPG)||Trevor Lewis, Nikita Zadorov||04:08 | 3rd||CGY 2 – 1 WPG|
|Nikita Zadorov||Jonathan Huberdeau, Andrew Mangiapane||10:40 | 3rd||CGY 3 – 1 WPG|
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