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Jets beat Flames 5-3 Friday

Paul Postma
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According to TSN, the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Patrice Cormier led the Jets in scoring with two assists.

The Jets received five goals from five different players. Evander Kane, Paul Postma, Carl Klingberg and Michael Frolik all scored past Flames' goaltender Karri Ramo, while Blake Wheeler scored an insurance goal for the Jets into an empty net with 57 seconds remaining in the contest.

The Flames lost even though it was Fan Appreciation Night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. According to www.covers.com, several prizes were handed out to a sellout crowd of 19, 289. The fact that the Flames sold out their final regular season game of the year is interesting because it was a meaningless game in the Western Conference standings as both teams are not playoff bound.

An interesting note is that two Jets both scored their first goal of the season. For Klingberg, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, it was his first goal of his National Hockey League career. While for Postma, a defenseman, it was his first goal of the season in 20 regular season games. Interestingly, Postma had missed 47 games earlier this season because of a blood clot in his leg.

The Flames goal scorers on Friday evening were Jiri Hudler, Sean Monahan and Kris Russell. Hudler also had an assist to lead the Flames with two points in the box score. Former Flame Olli Jokinen also had a very active night. Jokinen, who now plays for the Jets, had two second period minor penalties (one for roughing and one for tripping) and an assist on Wheeler's empty net goal.

With the win, Winnipeg improved to 37-35-10, while Calgary dropped to 35-39-7. The Flames close out their regular season Sunday night in Vancouver, while Friday night's game was the final regular season game for the Winnipeg Jets. The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are slated to start on Wednesday.