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The Sports Xchange, Published November 18 2013

Flames edge Jets in shootout

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – This was your father’s Jets-Flames game.

It took a little while for the two teams to renew acquaintances in Winnipeg – they hadn’t played in the city since April 6, 1996 – but if you weren’t paying close attention, you’d have sworn it was the mid-1980s.

There were no goals in the first period, three in the second and five in the third as the Calgary Flames beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in a shootout.

You want firewagon hockey? The Jets outshot the Flames 47-33, including 23 in the second period alone.

Fittingly, there was a shootout in this shootout, which ended after Flames center Sean Monahan beat Jets goalie Al Montoya in the eighth round.

The Flames opened the scoring at 9 minute, 1 second of the second period when left winger Mike Cammalleri blasted a power-play goal past Montoya. The Jets responded a little more than two minutes later when right winger Michael Frolik banged a rebound past goaltender Reto Berra after a point shot from defenseman Grant Clitsome.

The Flames retook the lead at 15:24 when a point shot from defenseman TJ Brodie appeared to pinball off the body parts of several players before fluttering by a screened Montoya.

Former Flame Olli Jokinen tied it at 2-2 when his innocent-looking wristshot found its way past a screened Berra. It was the veteran center’s fourth goal of the year. He had just seven in all of last year’s shortened season.

Just when it looked like the Jets had the momentum, their league-worst power play failed them once again. Flames center Matt Stajan came in on a shorthanded rush and – after Lance Bouma ran interference on Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien – passed it to his left winger, who deked out Montoya at 11:17.

Byfuglien tied it again – on that same power play – at 12:10 of the final frame when he slapped home a rebound in Berra’s crease for his fifth of the season.

Flames center Jiri Hudler appeared to have driven the dagger into the Jets’ hearts at 16:34 when his snapshot from the top of the circle beat Montoya. But then the Jets’ recent third-period heroics continued when center Bryan Little sent the game into overtime with his team-leading 12th goal with six seconds remaining.

Calgary 0 2 2 0 – 5

Winnipeg 0 1 3 0 – 4

Calgary won shootout 3-2

Second period: 1, Calgary, Cammalleri 9 (Stempniak, Monahan), 9:01 (pp). 2, Winnipeg, Frolik 5 (Clitsome, Byfuglien), 11:11. 3, Calgary, Brodie 2 (Russell, Cammalleri), 15:24.

Third period: 4, Winnipeg, Jokinen 4 (Setoguchi, Clitsome), 8:16. 5, Calgary, Bouma 2 (Stajan), 11:17 (sh). 6, Winnipeg, Byfuglien 5 (Wheeler, Little), 12:10 (pp). 7, Calgary, Hudler 7 (Brodie, Baertschi), 16:34. 8, Winnipeg, Little 12 (Kane, Wheeler), 19:54.

Shootout – Calgary 3 (Colborne G, Hudler NG, Cammalleri NG, Stempniak G, Brodie NG, Baertschi NG, Russell NG, Monahan G), Winnipeg 2 (Setoguchi NG, Ladd G, Jokinen NG, Wheeler G, Frolik NG, Scheifele NG, Kane NG, Byfuglien NG).

Shots on Goal – Calgary 6-9-13-5 – 33. Winnipeg 11-23-10-3 – 47.

Goalies: Calgary, Berra. Winnipeg, Montoya. A – 15,004 (15,004). T – 3:05.