Calgary finishes third in Western Conference with loss to Jets
The Calgary Flames entered their regular season finale with very little to play. The only thing that could be impacted was whether they would finish second, third or fourth in the Western Conference. If they win, they lock in second; if they lose, they look to the outside scoreboard to determine their fate.
Just minutes into the first period, Matthew Tkachuk took the puck from Brenden Dillon and he went on a breakaway. Tkachuk’s shot was slowed by Connor Hellebuyck, but had enough forward momentum to enter the net for the game’s first goal.
The first period saw the Flames make 18 shots with one goal in play. The Jets made 12 shots including several with a two-man extended advantage, but they couldn’t get past Daniel Vladar in net until the end. last minute. With just 13 seconds left, Winnipeg tied the game with Blake Wheeler on one one-timer.
The Flames had a few power play opportunities, but failed to score on them.
The second period saw the Flames uncharacteristically outplayed. In a period pretty much dominated by Winnipeg, the Flames gave up a goal to Mason Appleton and entered the third period one point up.
There was a streak of play where the Jets had a flurry of shot attempts as Calgary was confined to virtually nothing. On the contrary, Vladar should be credited with keeping the Flames in the game as the players in front of him didn’t do much to help.
The third period wasn’t much better for Calgary. There wasn’t much pressure and their chances were negligible throughout the last frame. They couldn’t generate much and continued to be outplayed by the Jets.
The Flames ended up firing Vladar for the extra forward but were instead tagged with Brenden Dillon’s defensive zone dump going straight into the open net.
Calgary ended up losing its last game by a final score of 3-1.
The Minnesota Wild picked up a win over the Colorado Avalanche, while the St. Louis Blues lost to the Vegas Golden Knights. This result allows the Flames to finish third overall in the Western Conference with a total of 111 points.
Their final record is 50-21-11, making them one of three teams in the West to reach the 50 win mark. Now let’s move on to the playoffs.
As of this writing, the Nashville Predators are currently up 4-0 against the Arizona Coyotes. If they maintain their lead for the win, they will end up being the Flames’ first-round opponent.
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