CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames continue to search for the winning formula at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Flames lost 5-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, their seventh consecutive loss on home ice.
It didn’t take long for the Jets, who have won two straight under new coach Paul Maurice, to take off in the first period.
Bryan Little opened the scoring for Winnipeg, banging in a rebound off Michael Frolik’s initial backhander at 5:01. Just 3:10 later, Dustin Byfuglien put the Jets up 2-0.
While the Flames mustered just three second period shots on Ondrej Pavalec, the Jets extended their lead to four thanks to goals from Mark Scheifele and Olli Jokinen.
Calgary captain Mark Giordano put the Flames on the boards just 40 seconds into the third period with a seeing-eye blast from the point that snuck just under the bar, but Jacob Trouba slashed his way through the Flames slot and buried his third of the season to restore the four-goal edge just over two minutes later.
Still pushing, Lance Bouma deflected Dennis Wideman’s point shot at 11:59 to cut the lead to 5-2, but it was as close as the Flames could get.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Giordano’s snipe just 40 seconds into the third period found it’s way until the joint where the post and crossbar meet to cut Winnipeg’s lead to 4-1.
SAVE OF THE GAME
With 1:19 remaining in the game and Byfuglien in alone on a breakaway, Berra flashed the leather to make a sparkling glove save.
Goals 3:10 apart early in the first period by the Jets were enough to down the offensively-starved Flames on home ice Thursday. Calgary managed to beat Pavalec twice in the third, but the game was already out of reach by Winnipeg thanks to a second period that also featured a pair from the Jets.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“My only point of view is we're waiting for something bad to happen before we start playing. There's no excuse. We have to have that mentality that we have nothing to lose. We've said it before. We can talk all we want, but we've got to go out there and do it.”
STAT OF THE GAME
Thursday's defeat marked the first time the Jets/Thrashers franchise has beaten the Flames in Calgary.
Mike Cammalleri (concussion), David Jones (eye) and Derek Smith were scratched for the Flames. Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain), Blair Jones (torn meniscus) and Kris Russell (MCL sprain) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames take off through the Pacific Division to tackle the Vancouver Canucks in a Hockey Night In Canada clash on Saturday (8 p.m. MT, CBC) before challenging the San Jose Sharks on Monday (8:30 p.m. MT).