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Flames score five unanswered to surge past Jets

Gaudreau, Brodie each has four points after Calgary was shut out in season opener

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Johnny Gaudreau and TJ Brodie each had four points to lift the Calgary Flames to a 6-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

Gaudreau had one goal and three assists, and Brodie had two goals and two assists for Calgary (1-1-0), which was shut out in its season opener 3-0 to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

 

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"It's huge," Flames goaltender Mike Smith said. "You want to get it going, too. It's nice to get a win in front of our home fans here and get feeling good about what we're doing in here. That was a lot better effort."

Video: WPG@CGY: Brodie snipes a one-timer for PPG

Smith made 25 saves in his first win with the Flames after he was acquired in a trade from the Arizona Coyotes on June 17, and Micheal Ferland, Kris Versteeg and Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary.

Brandon Tanev, Mark Scheifele, and Patrik Laine scored, and Steve Mason made 39 saves for the Jets (0-2-0).

"We have to realize what gives us success as a group," Winnipeg defenseman Tyler Myers said. "We can take a look at that first period and try and build off of that, but we've got to break that habit of trying to do something more when things get a little tight."

Calgary scored four unanswered goals in the second period after trailing 3-1.

Brodie scored his second of the game at 8:42 with a shot through a screen to make it 3-2, and Ferland tied the game 3-3 with a power play goal at 12:42.

Video: WPG@CGY: Brodie nets his second goal through traffic

Calgary went up 4-3 when Gaudreau scored on a cross-ice setup by Brodie at 17:02, and Versteeg put the Flames up 5-3 with 1:22 remaining in the period.

"Big second period for us," Gaudreau said. "I think in between the first and second we knew we needed to be better and we came out flying in the second, found a couple goals getting the puck to the net and guys out front banging them away. It was a good little comeback here."

Backlund scored on a deflection 16 seconds into the third to make it 6-3.

Tanev put the Jets up 1-0 with a shorthanded goal 8:35 into the first period, and Brodie tied the game 1-1 on the same power play 1:33 later.

Scheifele made it 2-1 at 12:12 when he one-timed a pass from Blake Wheeler from between the hashmarks by Smith, and Laine scored to put Winnipeg up 3-1 with 4:06 remaining in the first.

Video: WPG@CGY: Laine cleans up rebound past Smith

 

Goal of the game

Brodie toe-dragged around Mathieu Perreault and sent a cross-slot pass that Gaudreau snapped by a diving Mason to put the Flames up 4-3.

"He walked the defenseman and sent it to me backdoor for a wide-open tap-in," Gaudreau said. "It's a great play by him. Great vision. It was a great play."

Video: WPG@CGY: Gaudreau finds twine on Brodie's slick feed

 

Save of the game

Smith made a right pad save on Bryan Little's one-timer from the slot at 8:11 of the second period with the Jets on the power play and leading 3-1. Brodie scored the first of Calgary's five unanswered goals 31 seconds later.

"The [penalty kill] did an unreal job to get a big kill," Smith said. "It could've been different there. Then we went down and scored right after that and kept the ball rolling. From there on in we just took it to them."

 

Highlight of the game

Tanev picked off Versteeg's cross-ice pass in the neutral zone, burst in on a partial breakaway and lifted a shot over Smith to put the Jets ahead.

Video: WPG@CGY: Tanev steals pass, tallies on break for SHG

 

They said it

"We just challenged our guys in between the first and the second just about what our identity is and what our game is. We want to get back to our game as quickly as we can and I think the last 30 minutes represents the way we can play. Maybe they forgot about it for 90 minutes, but we're going to get back to it real quickly." -- Flames coach Glen Gulutzan

 

Video: WPG@CGY: Versteeg knocks in Monahan's feed

 

"It just takes some confidence in who you are individually and what you do as a team to realize that a goal here, a goal there, it's not the end of the world, especially for our team. We know that we can score goals, so we should have enough confidence to not get all crazy when somebody scores goals against us, because believe it or not we're going to give up a few this year." -- Jets captain Blake Wheeler

 

Need to know

Brodie and Gaudreau each matched NHL career-highs with four points in the game. … Scheifele has goals in each of Winnipeg's first two games. … The Flames are 17-17-8 with three ties in home openers. … Right wing Jaromir Jagr, who signed a one year, $1 million contract with the Flames on Wednesday, did not play.

 

What's next

Jets: At the Edmonton Oilers on Monday (9 p.m. ET; SNOL, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Flames: At the Anaheim Ducks on Monday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, SNF, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Brodie scores twice in 6-3 win over the Jets

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