WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – The Jets arrived home after a tough loss last night to the Wild and were looking to get back on a winning streak against the young bottom feeding Flames. Things didn’t go as planned as the Jets lost a tough one, 5-4, in a extra-long shoot out.
Calgary goalie Reto Berra was outstanding as he was peppered with shots and made 42 saves and another 6 in the shoot out to get the win he was also the game’s second star.
“I rarely [have seen] a goalie give up four goals, [yet] play that well,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said of Berra. “He’s really learning quickly.”
The Jets gave back-up Al Montoya the start and he made 27 saves plus 5 more in the shoot out and gave his team a chance to win .
The Jets came out flying as Berra robbed Devin Setoguchi twice in the first period with a couple of highlight reel stops.
The teams were playing a run-and-gun game as chances were traded back and forth, not something that the Jets wanted to be doing too often.
Anthony Peluso, seeing his first action in a while, was inserted in the lineup to add some toughness and size against Calgary and made his presence felt as he crashed and banged and controlled the play along the boards in the early going.
The two teams were scoreless after one, then things opened up a bit as the Flames got a power play marker off the stick of Mike Cammalleri who got his 9th of the year.
Michael Frolik tied things up after he collected a rebound and buried his 5th goal.
Calgary took the lead on a strange one from TJ Brodie his 2nd goal as his shot hit a couple of players including Dustin Byfuglien and went by Montoya who had no clue.
Berra again stood on his that period as he made huge stops off Byfuglien and Setoguchi.
At the end of the second, the players got into a scrum and Byfuglien just grabbed two Flames and manhandled them around before the linesman got them free.
Olli Jokinen tied things up at 2-2 with his 4th of the season.
“If you score four goals,” Jokinen said, “you should be able to win. That’s the bottom line. We gave them too many chances. We didn’t play poorly, but we didn’t play good enough. We’re lucky we got a point.”
The Flames got a shorthanded goal from Lance Bouma his 2nd after a missed penalty on Matt Stajan who hit Byfuglien on the rush and took him out of the play.
Big Buff got his revenge when he wired his 5th, a power play marker, to tie things at 3-3.
Jiri Hudler got his 7th to give the Flames the lead.
With under six seconds remaining and the net empty Bryan Little banged home his 12th after an Evander Kane shot came right out to him at the side of the net and we were all tied at 4-4.
After overtime solved nothing, the two teams went to a shoot out where eight shooters from each team went , it was the Flames who got goals from Joe Colborne, Lee Stempniak and rookie Sean Monahan to hand the Jets the loss.
“We stuck with it,” Flames forward Lee Stempniak said. “We desperately needed this win. It’s heart-breaking to give up a [tying] goal with [5.6] seconds left to tie it, but we got through it and had some chances in overtime.”
The Jets were circumspect on the loss.
“We’ll take the one [point],” Jets coach Claude Noel said. “It’s not ideal, but that’s what we’ll take.”
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