EDMONTON – The Calgary Flames used their special teams to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Saturday in the NHL qualifying round.
The Jets were unable to recover after losing Mark Scheifele to injury in the first half. They were outscored 33-18 in shots.
Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan hit the target on the power play while Tobias Rieder threaded the needle on the penalty kill. Andrew Mangiapane added a goal from an empty net.
Andrew Copp replied for the Jets in the first period.
Cam Talbot turned back 17 shots for the victory in his first playoff start with the Flames.
Talbot has been less busy than Connor Hellebuyck, his counterpart with the Jets and nominated for the Vézina Trophy. The Flames goalie still blocked three straight power play for the Jets in the third period.
Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots in the loss.
Scheifele’s potential loss could be devastating for the Jets. The forward has been one of his team’s best scorers this season.
The Flames finished the campaign eighth in the Western Conference and the Jets finished ninth.
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
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