Flames take series lead with Game 3 win against Jets in Cup Qualifiers


The Calgary Flames scored three power-play goals in a 6-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Calgary leads the best-of-5 series. Teams that win Game 3 after a series is tied 1-1 are 21-7 (75 percent) winning a best-of-5 NHL series (14-2 when last used from 1980-86).

Game 4 is in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub city, on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, NHL.TV, SN). The series winner advances to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Sean Monahan had a goal and two assists, and Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist for the Flames, the No. 8 seed. Cam Talbot made 33 saves.

Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets, the No. 9 seed.

Winnipeg played without forwards Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Mason Appleton for a second straight game after each was injured in Game 1 on Saturday. Forward Mathieu Perreault left Game 3 with what appeared to be a lower-body injury at 13:16 of the second period.

Calgary has five power-play goals and one shorthanded goal in the series.

Nikolaj Ehlers put Winnipeg up 1-0 at 10:04 of the first period. Ehlers, who didn’t have a goal in his first 22 NHL postseason games before scoring the game-winner Monday, is the first Jets/Atlanta Thrashers player to have postseason goals on consecutive days.

Lindholm tied it 1-1 on the power play 18 seconds later.

Backlund made it 2-1 at 5:37 of the second period after Hellebuyck turned the puck over to Andrew Mangiapane. Milan Lucic scored 53 seconds later, but Winnipeg successfully challenged for goaltender interference.

Monahan made it 3-1 at 7:49 on the power play, and Andrew Copp scored nine seconds into a Winnipeg power play with a backhand top corner to cut the lead to 3-2 at 8:09.

Matthew Tkachuk scored on a centering pass from Mangiapane to put the Flames up 4-2 at 12:48.

Lucic scored on the power play to make it 5-2 at 8:28 of the third period.

Gaudreau scored into an empty net at 17:41 for the 6-2 final.

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