CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames couldn’t go out on top at home.
The Flames rallied from a 3-1 deficit but fell 5-3 to the Winnipeg Jets in their final date of the season at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Jets wasted little time trying to spoil Calgary’s home finale on Friday.
Just 7:23 into the contest, Frolik’s shot hit Matt Stajan before bouncing off TJ Brodie and behind Karri Ramo to put Winnipeg up 1-0. Evander Kane extended the lead to two with 3:50 remaining in the frame, sliding a shot under Ramo after taking a drop pass from Bryan Little.
But the Flames responded just 64 seconds into the second period. After keeping the play alive at the top of the Jets’ blue line with some nifty stick work, Paul Byron fed Brodie at the point. Stajan redirected the shot to Jiri Hudler, who tipped his 17th of the season behind Winnipeg goalie Michael Hutchinson.
Carl Klingberg restored the two-goal advantage with the first of his NHL career, but the Flames struck twice in 24 seconds to tie the game before the period was out.
On a 5-on-3 power play, Sean Monahan completed a three-way passing play set up by Curtis Glencross and Hudler by chipping his 22nd of the year over Hutchinson. Still with a man advantage, Kris Russell followed it Monahan’s marker by wiring a wrister over Huchinson’s shoulder to tie the game at three.
But former Calgary Hitmen blueliner Paul Postma squeaked a point shot through a screen with 10:44 remaining in regulation.
Despite firing 18 shots at Hutchinson, including a 14-1 run between Postma’s goal and an empty netter from Blake Wheeler, the Flames couldn’t draw even.
GOAL OF THE GAME
After some nifty puck work to keep possession of the puck in the Jets end by Byron, Stajan tipped Brodie’s shot to Hudler, who redirected the puck behind Hutchinson to pull the Flames to within one just 64 seconds into the second period.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Trailing 1-0 near the midway mark of the first period, Ramo flashed an outstretched right pad to rob Bryan Little’s tap-in attempt with the Jets in on an odd-man rush.
Postma’s seeing-eye shot from the point midway through the third period pulled the Jets to a victory in their final game of the season.
STAT OF THE GAME
Monahan’s 22 goals is the most for a Flames rookie since Paul Ranheim (26) and Sergei Makarov (24) in 1989-90.
Defenseman Christopher Breen and forwards Ben Hanowski and Mike Cammalleri (illness) were scratched against the Kings. Forwards Mikael Backlund (upper body), Markus Granlund (upper body) and David Jones (upper body) and defensemen Ladislav Smid (upper body), Tyler Wotherspoon(upper body) and Dennis Wideman (upper body) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames conclude the 2013-14 schedule against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Sunday (6 p.m. MST, SNET-W, SN960).