Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brodie, Gaudreau Lead Calgary Flames in 6-3 Win over Winnipeg Jets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brodie, Gaudreau Lead Calgary Flames in 6-3 Win over Winnipeg Jets

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Flames ground Jets 6-3 in home-opener


CALGARY - After zero goals in their first game of the season, the Calgary Flames needed a big night on the scoresheet and T.J. Brodie helped them get it Saturday.

The defenceman's four-point night propelled the Flames to a 6-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Calgary's home-opener.

Brodie scored twice and assisted on both the go-ahead and insurance goals for the Flames, who trailed 3-1 after the opening period.

Johnny Gaudreau scored that go-ahead goal and assisted on three others for Calgary (1-1-0). Brodie and Gaudreau each tied career highs with four points in the game.

Calgary was shut out 3-0 by the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday in the season-openers for both Alberta clubs.

The Flames recovered from a sluggish first period Saturday with a four-goal burst in the second.

"I think that was big for us to get some confidence and get some chemistry going as a group," Brodie said.

"It was a good step forward from the start of the game to the end of the game. We came together and started making some plays."

Micheal Ferland, Kris Versteeg and Mikael Backlund each scored once for the hosts. Goaltender Mike Smith earned his first win as a Calgary Flame, stopping 25-of-28 shots.

Brandon Tanev scored shorthanded and Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine also countered for the Jets (0-2-0) with Mathieu Perreault picking up a pair of assists.

Steve Mason, who was pulled after giving up five goals in a 7-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, turned away 39-of-41 shots in the loss.

"We had a difficult time moving the puck," Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. "I think they got a little faster.

"They closed some time and space on us and we had a difficult time making the adjustment that you've got to go hard and fast in this league and they won't slow down for you. …

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