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Elliott perfect again as Flames down Jets 3-0; Calgary wins ninth in a row

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck saves the shot from Calgary Flames’ Mikael Backlund during action in Winnipeg on Saturday, March 11, 2017.


Brian Elliott's 31-save performance gave the Calgary goaltender his second straight shutout as the Flames defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 on Saturday to extend their win streak to nine games.

Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik each scored on the power play as the victory also gave Calgary (38-26-4) points in 11 straight games.

Elliott's second shutout of the season, and 36th of his career, followed up Thursday's 24 saves in a 5-0 win over Montreal on Thursday.

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The Flames also jumped in the NHL standings. Calgary is now second in the Pacific Division. Anaheim, which is tied with the Flames with 80 points, drops to third in the division. Edmonton moved from third to the first wild-card spot in the West.

Calgary's climb also dropped the idle Edmonton Oilers into the first Western Conference wild-card spot with 79 points.

The nine victories also set a new record since the franchise moved from Atlanta in 1980. The franchise record is 10 games in 1978.

Alex Chiasson also scored, while Frolik added one assist and Dougie Hamilton, a game-time decision, had three helpers.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26 of 29 shots for the Jets (30-33-6), who lost their third straight and wrapped up a six-game homestand (2-4-0).

Winnipeg defenceman Ben Chiarot's banishment to the penalty box led to Calgary's first two goals. With Chiarot out for interference, Backlund scored his 21st goal of the season off a rebound at 14:06 of the first period. A Chiarot penalty in the second period, this time four minutes for a high stick on Sean Monahan, led to Frolik's 15th at 12:09.

The Flames only had two power-play goals in their 12 previous games.

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The Jets took two more high-sticking penalties in the middle period, but Hellebuyck was able withstand the heat.

Winnipeg got its second power play of the game after Jets defencman Jacob Trouba and Calgary centre Sam Bennett had a late fight. Both were bloodied — Trouba along the side of his face and Bennett from his nose.

Bennett also got dinged for an extra slashing penalty, which carried over into the third period.

Chiasson upped Calgary's lead to 3-0 with a high shot over Hellebuyck at 3:24 of the final period.

Tempers flared soon after, when Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey sprayed snow on Elliott and the goalie retaliated by shoving Morrissey into the glass.

Players from both sides started shoving each other, but Morrissey got a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and Elliott for roughing.

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Winnipeg heads out for a three-game road trip, starting Monday in Nashville. Calgary returns home to host Pittsburgh on Monday.

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