RETURN TO WIN COLUMN
Adam Ruzicka knows very well the incredible opportunity that is offered to him.
With Jonathan Huberdeau sidelined with injury, the big forward found himself in the Flames lineup in his place, skating alongside Elias Lindholm and Tyler Toffoli.
He put in an incredible performance on Saturday night – as did several of his teammates, including Lindholm and Jacob Markstrom – as the Flames ended a seven-game losing streak with a massive 3-2 win over the surging Jets. .
Video: Brendan Parker recaps big win over Jets
Ruzicka netted a goal and an assist, as did Lindholm, while Trevor Lewis scored the game-winning goal for the Flames, who are now 6-6-2.
Rasmus Andersson finished with a pair of helpers.
The scorching Jets — who entered the game on a three-game winning streak and had at least one point in their last seven outings — are now 8-4-1.
The Flames outshot the Jets 35-23, but the visitors had plenty of Category A scoring opportunities and Markstrom was incredible, including making a favorite first save of the year in the first period (more details here). below). He was named the game’s first star.
It was an entertaining and aggressive game between two great physical teams, with the Flames beating the Jets 27-16.
Back to Ruzicka, Flames.comRyan Dittrick spoke to him after morning practice on Saturday, asking him what he thought of skating with Lindholm and Toffoli. Click here to read
Chris Tanev returned to the line-up after injury, with the hard-hitting defender playing alongside Connor Mackeywho retreated after being a healthy scratch in the past two outings.
Unsurprisingly, Tanev made a huge impact in the tilt, especially on the penalty spot where he continued to be a shot-blocking machine.
The Calgary PK made a perfect 3 against 3 in the evening, notably killing a two-point lead.
The Flames opened the scoring at 3:23 of the first period when Ruzicka threw a backhand to the net from a tight angle near the boards near the goal line which was knocked down by Lindholm past Connor Hellebuyck for his fifth of the season.
It was the fifth straight game the Flames have lit the lamp first.
Lindholm was so quick to put his tape on the puck – with Mark Scheifele glued to his hip – that Ruzicka was first credited with the goal on NHL.com until they took another look. .
Video: [email protected]: Lindholm scores 5th of the season in 1st half
Markstrom made one of the most incredible saves you’ll ever see later in the first, windmilling backwards to deflect it with your glove and absolutely rob Scheifele.
What could be more impressive than a 10-beller – maybe a 25-beller in honor of his number?
The Jets equalized at 5:14 after a turnover in the Calgary zone, Neal Pionk’s shot from above deflecting Mackey then the post and into it.
The home side regained the lead when Lindholm managed to shake off Scheifele in the neutral zone which led to a 2v1, with Ruzicka finishing a pass with a home throw-in before a Hellybuyck could cross his crease .
Video: [email protected]: Ruzicka scores in the 1st half
After the two teams traded power-play chances in the second period, Markstrom made another fabulous save when he kicked out his left pad on a tight offer from Mason Appleton.
The Flames once again came up one point with 1:29 left in the period while shorthanded, Mikael Backlund get the puck and flip it out of the zone and then catch it himself in the neutral zone, leading to a 2 on 1 where he passed to Lewis who crossed the crease to put the puck around Hellybuyck with a backhand like he locked up the brakes for the 10th shortie of his career.
Video: [email protected]: Lewis scores SHG in 2nd half
THEY SAID IT:
Video: “I thought tonight everyone was on their A-game”
Video: “It is important to understand how difficult it is to win”
Video: “Let’s Build Victory Tonight”
THE ORIGINAL 16 POST-MATCH LIVE SHOW:
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IN NUMBERS :
Strokes: CGY 35, WPG 23
Power play: CGY 0-3, WPG 0-3
Shots: CGY 27, WPG 16
Face to face : CGY 47%, WPG 53%
* Odds of scoring: CGY 18, WPG 19
* High Risk Score Chances: CGY 8, WPG 10
* According to Natural Stat Trick (5 vs. 5)
HOCKEY EVENING FIGHT AGAINST CANCER:
Trios and pairs D to start the tilt:
Adam Ruzicka – Elias Lindholm – Tyler Toffoli
Dillon Dube – Nazem Kadri – Blake Coleman
André Mangiapane – Mikael Backlund – Trevor Lewis
Milan Lucic – Kevin Rooney – Brett Ritchie
Noah Hanifin -Rasmus Andersson
Nikita Zadorov – MacKenzie Weegar
Connor MackeyChris Tanev
Jacob Markstrom – hall
The Flames host the Kings on Monday night to complete this quick two-game home run. Click for tickets