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Recap: Jets extinguish Flames

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Winnipeg Jets v Calgary Flames Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

There are games that you watch and you realize they are just the most joyful experiences of beautiful things. It should have been clear that things would go the Winnipeg Jets way when Nate Thompson score a goal on the Calgary Flames while clearly moving his leg and it counted. And thus the floodgates opened.

The Jets don’t have many games where things look like they come easy. After weeks of games looking like things come hard, Paul Maurice did something. He changed his lines. He moved Pierre-Luc Dubois to centre the line with Blake Wheeler and Paul Statsny and put Mark Scheifele with Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor. The results were instantaneous.

Ehlers has been excellent all season and he became unbeatable last night. He’s the Jets best two way forward and yet he rarely gets credit for his high end skilled plays defensively. He is responsibly for Mark Scheifele’s first goal as he won the puck in a battle on the wall and then sprung Kyle Connor for the two on one. What would we do without Ehlers?

The Jets continued with their good place throughout the entire game. They kept the game tight and clinical at times, taking advantage of the Flames lack of ability to play hockey well. Andrew Copp added another goal just to add more arguments to his contract negotiations. Outside of that, nothing exciting happened because the Jets played well and the Flames remain the Flames.