The Calgary Flames rode superior particular groups to a 4-1 win over demoralized Winnipeg Jets to start out their qualifying-round sequence Saturday.
The Jets did not recuperate from shedding centre Mark Scheifele to damage early within the first interval. They had been outshot 33-18 and dominated by the Flames within the second interval.
Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan produced power-play objectives and Tobias Rieder scored shorthanded within the second. Andrew Mangiapane added an empty-net objective.
Andrew Copp countered for the Jets within the first interval.
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Cam Talbot made 17 saves for the win in his first playoff begin with the Flames.
Whether or not it was the 33-year-old or David Rittich who would get the nod for Recreation 1 of the best-of-five sequence was much-debated in Calgary, and never revealed till recreation time.
Talbot had much less work than Vezina Trophy nominee and Jets counterpart Connor Hellebuyck, though the Flames goaltender weathered three straight Jets power-play possibilities within the third.
Hellebuyck stopped 29 photographs within the loss.
The potential lack of season scoring co-leader Scheifele can be devastating for Winnipeg’s Stanley Cup prospects.
The Flames (36-27-7) ranked eighth within the convention and the Jets (37-28-6) ninth when the NHL suspended the season March 12.
The one all-Canadian matchup within the NHL’s qualifying spherical had…