Ehlers helps Jets even Cup Qualifier with Game 2 victory against Flames


Nikolaj Ehlers scored his first NHL postseason goal, and the Winnipeg Jets evened their Stanley Cup Qualifier series against the Calgary Flames with a 3-2 win in Game 2 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday.

Winnipeg was without forwards Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine, who were injured in Game 1.

Game 3 is in Edmonton, the hub city for the Western Conference, on Tuesday (6:45 p.m. ET; NHLN, NHL.TV, SN). The series winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets, the No. 9 seed. Hellebuyck, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, led the NHL with 18 wins in appearances following a loss of any kind during the regular season (18-7-1).

Cam Talbot made 23 saves for the Flames, the No. 8 seed.

Ehlers put the Jets up 3-2 at 10:24 of the third period when he deflected Neal Pionk‘s point shot on the power play. It was Winnipeg’s first power-play goal in 11 attempts in the series.

The goal came after the Flames rallied from two goals down in the second period.

Elias Lindholm cut the lead to 2-1 at 11:29. Ehlers turned the puck over in his own zone, and Lindholm scored short side.

Sam Bennett tied it 2-2 at 17:29 when his wraparound attempt deflected in off the skate of Jets defenseman Nathan Beaulieu.

Jansen Harkins put Winnipeg up 1-0 at 7:18 of the first period with a shot over Talbot’s left shoulder, and Adam Lowry extended the lead to 2-0 at 5:43 of the second, 40 seconds after the Jets were unsuccessful on a two-minute 5-on-3 power play.

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