The Flames came out hot to start the game and despite a quick counter by Patrik Laine the visitors continued to pour it on and couldn’t be doused by the home side. However the middle frame was a different story as the Jets doused the heat that the Flames were bringing scoring early courtesy of Mark Schefiele and then going with a five forward configuration on a 5 on 3 which tied the game courtesy of Kyle Connor. Patrik Laine didn’t look like a player who had forgotten the play-in series as he was chirping in mid season form and even throwing haymakers to defend his teammate. The Jets continued to push in the final frame but Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom made some phenomenal saves to send this game to overtime. However Patrik Laine was a man possessed and he scored the OT winner to give the Jets a 4-3 win over the Flames.
For those who would like to take a deeper dive into the advanced stats here are the results from the game via Natural Stat Trick.
– Patrik Laine had 2G 1A
– Kyle Connor had 1G 2A
Patrik Laine registered his 23rd career multi-goal game in the regular season; only seven players have more such performances since he entered the NHL in 2016-17. (Via NHLPR)
Mark Scheifele extended his point streak in season-opening games to eight with a goal for the Jets (6-3—9), the NHL’s longest such run since Daniel Sedin (4-11—15) and Henrik Sedin (3-9—12) pushed their streaks to nine straight seasons in 2016-17. (Via NHLPR)
With his two goals on the night Patrik Laine moves ahead of former Jets captain Andrew Ladd into the 6th spot with 140 career goals for this franchise.
The Jets are scheduled to take Friday off and then will return to the ice with a practice on Saturday morning. You can kick start your Friday with the Morning Papers which go live at 7 am on illegalcurve.com.