Two days after a wild affair against the St. Louis Blues where the Flames’ Michael Frolik scored two short-handed goals the Calgary Flames hosted the Winnipeg Jets. Plenty of retro Teemu Selanne jerseys were worn in the stands. Coach Bob Hartley chose to add Dougie Hamilton’s brother Freddie Hamilton to the starting lineup. He was brought in as an emergency call up.
Early in the first period the Winnipeg Jets thought they had scored but the referee called it a no goal due to a Jet making contact with Joni Ortio when the goalie was still just barely in his crease. The Jets issued a coach’s challenge which took about 5 minutes to review. It apparently knocked the Jets off their game for the rest of the period as the Calgary Flames scored 3 times. Throughout the first period the Flames worked hard, playing like the team that was chasingg down a playoff spot a year ago this week.
Mikael Backlund scored first. Then Michael Frolik took a puck that bounced from Backlund and scored. And late in the 1st period, Monahan scored. The second period had the Flames in a mode where they were protecting the lead and did so effectively except for a mistake by Ortio where he mishandled his attempt to clear the puck from behind the net. The Jets pounced and scored to make it 3-1. The Jets could not grind out or luck into any more goals and the Flames’ captain Giordano completed the scoring late in the 3rd period for a 4-1 final.
All in all it was entertaining to see Harvey the Hound in green suspenders and a green hat on St Patrick’s Day and he shot some t-shirts to fans with a t-shirt gun. With their 2016 playoff hopes dashed weeks ago, players of both the Flames and Jets indicated they are playing for jobs with the team next season rather than tanking and the result was an entertaining game for all.