The Flames couldn’t repeat the feat.

But they sure gave it a heckuva try.

On Monday night, they fell behind 2-0 to the Winnipeg Jets in the first period, but battled back to tie the game and then win in a shootout.

Twenty-four hours later in the second of three matches with the Jets in four days, they fell behind 2-0 in the first again but couldn’t quite dig out of the hole, falling 3-2.

Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals, David Rittich made his second start of the season and had 27 saves, as the Flames dropped to 4-4-1.

The game was entertaining right off the hop.

Joakim Nordstrom chipped the puck off the boards to himself at a full stride around a Jets defender and then set up Chris Tanev with a quick pass, but Laurent Brossoit – who started after Connor Hellebuyck played Monday’s lengthy tilt – made the stop getting his blocker on the offering.

Not long after it was Nikolaj Ehlers with a golden chance, the puck going off the skate of Mark Giordano and right onto his stick in the slot, but Rittich denied him.

Then the flood gates opened for three goals in 1:05.

The Jets got on the board first for the second straight game, Trevor Lewis snapping a wrister over Rittich’s shoulder short-side for his first of the season while short-handed at 6:40.

If there was a crowd in the building, they would have barely settled back into their seats before former Flame Derek Forbort pinched in off a rush and went high, far-side to make it 2-0 at 7:10.

Elias Lindholm forced a turnover in the Flames zone and skated the puck up the ice, passing to Dillon Dube on the high boards and he quickly put the puck cross-ice to a streaking Tkachuk who tapped it home at 7:45.


Video: [email protected]: Tkachuk puts Flames on the board in 1st


The goal was similar to Johnny Gaudreau‘s game-tying third-period tally off a pass from Juuso Valimaki on Monday.

Winnipeg restored the two-goal cushion at 13:32 when Ehlers showed off a soft of hands to deftly tip a point shot by Dylan DeMelo past Rittich, which stood up as the game-winner. 

The Flames powerplay – which came into the night ranked 10th in the league at 27.8% – went 0-2 in the first 20 minutes. 

There were plenty of great chances in the second period for both clubs, among the Flames best:

  • Josh Leivo getting a partial breakaway but forced wide, his shot went off Brossoit’s helmet;
  • Dube got a full breakaway and swung across the crease, trying to tuck his backhand five-hole. Brossoit looked behind but the puck was stopped under his pads;
  • Lucic springing Nordstrom up the ice with Derek Ryan just managing to stay onside, then shooting high in tight after getting a pass from Nordstrom;
  • Lucic then did the heavy lifting himself, skating low and driving the crease for a backhand Brossoit got swallowed. 

Rittich also saw his fair share of Jets opportunities, his best save coming late in the middle stanza where he made a right pad stop on Mark Scheifele in tight. 

Tkachuk got sprung on a breakaway, with Jets defenceman Nathan Beaulieu hot on his heels, and tried to go five-hole on Brossoit, who made the stop but Gaudreau – at a full gallop behind him with Josh Morrissey draped on him – smacked the rebound off the crossbar and it landed on the backside of a prone Brossoit, who was laying facedown. Tkachuk quickly noticed and knock it off of and into the net. 

The assist kept Gaudreau’s scoring streak alive, as he’s now collected a point in every game this season.


Video: [email protected]: Tkachuk buries rebound for second goal


On their fourth powerplay of the night, Backlund came close to tying it up. Giordano’s point blast was stopped, but Lucic poked the puck through to Backlund, but he was unable to settle the bouncing puck with a wide-open net in front of him. 

Rittich went to the bench at 1:43 and the Flames poured on the pressure with a pair of faceoff wins in the Jets zone, with Forbort swatting a puck out of the air at one point that looked like it may drop into the net.




Tweet from @NHLFlames: Tonight’s @Schneiders starters 🔥 pic.twitter.com/tqU9Z647jN


*To start game


Johnny Gaudreau – Sean MonahanAndrew Mangiapane

Matthew Tkachuk – Elias Lindholm – Dillon Dube

Sam BennettMikael Backlund – Josh Leivo

Milan Lucic – Derek Ryan – Joakim Nordstrom


D Pairings:

Mark Giordano – Rasmus Andersson

Noah HanifinChristopher Tanev

Juuso Valimaki – Nikita Nesterov



David Rittich – starter

Jacob Markstrom  



These two clubs wind up this series Thursday (6 p.m. TV: Sportsnet West; Radio: Sportsnet 960 The FAN). The Flames then return to the Scotiabank Saddledome for their first tilt of the campaign against the Oilers on Saturday (8 p.m. TV: HNIC; Radio: Sportsnet 960 The FAN