Jets fire three first period goals, hang on to edge Calgary 3-2 Featured

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 03:43 Written by  Published in Game Stories
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Nikolaj Ehlers first period goal proved to be the game winner Tuesday night as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Calgary Flames by a 3-2 score.

Ehlers cut across the slot before redirecting a Dylan DeMelo point shot past Flames goaltender David Rittich's outstretched glove hand.

Winnipeg scored all of their goals in the first period and held onto the lead.

Trevor Lewis and Derek Forbort scored the other Jet goals.

Laurent Brossoit picked up the win for Winnipeg (6-3-1), turning aside 28 shots.

Winnipeg is in sole possession of third place in the North Division with 13 points, two points back of Toronto and three behind first place Montreal.

Calgary trails the Vancouver Canucks by three points for the final playoff spot with nine points on the season.

Matthew Tkachuk scored both Flames goals.

David Rittich made 25 saves for Calgary, who dropped to 4-4-1.

Trevor Lewis scored the opener 6:40 into the first period with a shorthanded effort. Milan Lucic passed the puck back over the blue line along the left side boards which Mason Appleton promptly pounced on before feeding a charging Lewis in the slot, which he snapped past Rittich to make it 1-0 Jets.

The goal was his first of the season.

Derek Forbort gave Winnipeg a two-goal cushion a half minute later when Neal Pionk gained the Calgary zone at the blue line and cut in toward the center of the ice before feeding a streaking Forbort the disc.

Forbort moved in and fired a high wrister past Rittich, beating him high glove side at 7:10.

The goal was his first of the season.

Matthew Tkachuk cut the Jet lead in half just 35 seconds later when he poked the puck past Winnipeg goaltender Laurent Brossoit after Dylan Dube fed him a cross ice pass off a rush at 7:45.

Nikolaj Ehlers restored Winnipeg's two-goal advantage at 13:32 when he cut through the slot and redirected Dylan DeMelo's shot past Rittich to make it 3-1.

The goal was his sixth of the season.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Matthew Tkachuk made it 3-2 at 10:53 of the third when he put the puck in off of Laurent Brossoit's leg after intially getting a breakaway.

Johnny Gaudreau appeared to pot the rebound but rattled it off the crossbar and landed on Brossoit before Tkachuk fired it into the net.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Calgary pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker late in the third but were unable to score.

The same two teams meet again on Thursday night in Winnipeg.

SHOTS-CALGARY 30 WINNIPEG 28

Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.