Last night was the third game in the best-of-five series between the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets. After the first two games, the series was knotted at one apiece, and each side was looking to get one game closer to the real playoffs. With Winnipeg having a serious disadvantage due to the manpower missing from their lineup, this is a true test of both teams.
In a best-of-five series, any loss is felt even more in terms of winning to get past these initial qualifiers. On a night where the Flames best stars needed to show up, that is exactly what they did. The Calgary Flames had six different players score in their 6-2 win over the Jets, they move one win closer to the first round of playoffs.
As a Flames fan, this game is a fun one to watch. Any hockey game with an abundance of scored goals makes for a fun back and forth matchup. After the win, Flames head coach deemed Cam Talbot the star of the night. He has been absolutely rock solid for the Flames through their qualifiers and will look to stay on his game tomorrow in game four.
This series is one that doesn’t look to be too kind to the Winnipeg Jets. Within the first two games, they lose both Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine. Then, in-game three, they lose Mathieu Perrault to a lower-body injury. That is some serious man-power lost.
At the beginning of this game, fans actually thought it would be a Winnipeg win. Just halfway through the first period, Nikolaj Ehlers opened the scoring to give the Jets a lead. It only took eighteen seconds to respond though, as Elias Lindholm ties the game on a power-play goal.
A turnover by Hellebuyck gives Calgary their first lead of the evening early into the second period. Milan Lucic was the next Flame to put the puck in the net, but that goal was overturned after being challenged for goaltender interference. On their next power play, the Flames’ Sean Monahan made the Calgary lead even bigger. Sadly, Winnipeg’s Andrew Copp was the next player to score, and so this game became 3-2.
With a pass from Andrew Mangiapane in the second period, Matthew Tkachuk restores Calgary’s two-goal lead. After having his first goal of the night disallowed, Lucic makes it back on the power-play goal. With just over halfway to go in the third, Flames were up 5-2. An empty netter by Johnny Gaudreau seals the game, and Calgary comes away with a 6-2 win.
Game Four Prediction
Honestly, I think that the manpower Winnipeg has lost in this series is too much to overcome. Should none of the IR players return, I think Calgary takes game four and gives the Jets their ticket home.