The Calgary Flames rode superior particular groups to a 4-1 win over demoralized Winnipeg Jets to start out their qualifying-round sequence Saturday.
The Jets did not get well from dropping centre Mark Scheifele to damage early within the first interval. They have been outshot 33-18 and dominated by the Flames within the second interval.
Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan produced power-play objectives and Tobias Rieder scored shorthanded within the second. Andrew Mangiapane added an empty-net aim.
Andrew Copp countered for the Jets within the first interval.
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Cam Talbot made 17 saves for the win in his first playoff begin with the Flames.
Whether or not it was the 33-year-old or David Rittich who would get the nod for Sport 1 of the best-of-five sequence was much-debated in Calgary, and never revealed till recreation time.
Talbot had much less work than Vezina Trophy nominee and Jets counterpart Connor Hellebuyck, though the Flames goaltender weathered three straight Jets power-play probabilities within the third.
Hellebuyck stopped 29 photographs within the loss.
The potential lack of season scoring co-leader Scheifele can be devastating for Winnipeg’s Stanley Cup prospects.
The Flames (36-27-7) ranked eighth within the convention and the Jets (37-28-6) ninth when the NHL suspended the season March 12.
The one all-Canadian matchup within the NHL’s qualifying spherical had little historical past from the 2019-20 season.
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Their lone assembly was the Oct. 26 outside Heritage Traditional in Regina, which Winnipeg gained 2-1 in time beyond regulation.
However animosity brewed within the first interval when Scheifele went awkwardly into the boards at 5:41.
He appeared to jam his left leg underneath him as Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk utilized his arm to Scheifele’s again.
Scheifele damage results in combat
As Scheifele writhed in ache, Winnipeg’s bench directed a stream of expletives at Calgary’s.
Tkachuk’s skate appeared to make contact with Scheifele’s. No penalty was referred to as on the play.
Jets captain Blake Wheeler summoned Tkachuk for retributive justice on the Flames ahead’s subsequent shift. Tkachuk obliged and the 2 traded punches.
Simply 31 seconds after that scrap, Adam Lowry dished a backhand from behind the web out entrance to Copp to whip over Talbot’s glove.
However Winnipeg in any other case mustered little offence with an influence play held scoreless on seven probabilities.
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Jets winger Patrik Laine headed to the dressing room early within the third after a collision with Flames captain Mark Giordano.
Calgary went 2 for Four with a person benefit.
Backlund buried a excessive shot on Hellebuyck’s blocker aspect at 18:14. Calgary’s Rieder shelved a backhand on a short-handed breakaway at 12:51.
The puck bobbling on a move from Sean Monahan, Gaudreau deftly corralled it to get a sharp-angled shot away and by Hellebuyck’s glove at 7:06 to drag Calgary even.
The Jets and Flames bought their first style of playoff hockey with out followers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The chilly, cavernous inside of Edmonton’s Rogers Place was tarted up with a number of massive gentle screens throwing color onto screens masking empty seats.
The clack of the puck on sticks and exhortations from the gamers’ benches have been usually the one sounds heard after faceoffs.
Calgary was the house workforce Saturday and will likely be once more for Sport 2 on Monday. Winnipeg is the house membership in Tuesday’s Sport 3.