Flames defeat Jets in Game 1 of Cup Qualifiers


The Calgary Flames scored twice on the power play and once while shorthanded in a 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday.

Cam Talbot made 17 saves for the Flames, the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Calgary went 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.

Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for the Jets, the No. 9 seed. Winnipeg center Mark Scheifele sustained an apparent lower-body injury 5:39 into the first period, and right wing Patrik Laine left the game at 5:44 of the third period with an apparent upper-body injury.

Game 2 of the best-of-5 series is in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub city, on Monday (2:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, NHL.TV, SN). The series winner advances to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

There hasn’t been a best-of-5 series in the NHL since 1986. The League used them for the preliminary round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs from 1980-86, and the team that won Game 1 went on to win the series 87.5 percent of the time (49 of 56).

After Andrew Copp put the Jets up 1-0 at 8:51 of the first, the Flames scored three straight special-teams goals.

Johnny Gaudreau tied it 1-1 at 7:06 of the second when he lifted a shot over Hellebuyck on the power play. It was Gaudreau’s first postseason goal since May 10, 2015, a span of 10 games.

Tobias Rieder put Calgary up 2-1 at 12:51 when he backhanded a shot by Hellebuyck’s glove on a shorthanded breakaway.

Mikael Backlund scored on the power play to make it 3-1 at 18:14.

Andrew Mangiapane scored into an empty net at 18:19 of the third for the 4-1 final.

Calgary was 2-for-4 on the power play.  

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