Jets lose star forward Mark Scheifele to leg injury against Calgary Flames  08/02/2020 05:22:13 

The Winnipeg Jets’ postseason got off to a terrible start on Saturday night.

Not only did they lose Game 1 of their qualifying round series to the Calgary Flames, 4-1, but they also watched as two of their best forwards — Mark Scheifele and Patrick Laine — exited the game due to injury.

The big one at the moment is Scheifele who had to leave the game early in the first period with an apparent left leg injury.

The injury happened he was awkwardly tied up along the boards with Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk. Replays showed that during the collision Tkachuk’s skate came up and hit the back of Scheifele’s heel.

You can see the entire sequence in the video above.


Jets coach Paul Maurice was livid after the game, calling the play intentional on Tkachuk’s part and a “filthy, disgusting” kick that could have ended Scheifele’s career.

He twice referred to the play as “filthy.”

Scheifele was in obvious pain and was unable to put any weight on his leg as he was helped off the ice. The Jets announced that he would not return for the game.

If he has to miss time this could potentially be a crushing blow to the Jets’ hopes this postseason. Scheifele is one of the most productive forwards in the league and is arguably Winnipeg’s best player.

In 71 games during the regular season he had 29 goals and 44 assists.

As if his injury was not enough, the Jets also lost Laine late in the third period. He also did not return. His injury appeared to be an arm injury following a battle with Calgary’s Mark Giordano behind the net. Giordano attempted to check Laine — only to have Laine knock him to the ice — and then gave him a cross-check to the wrist area. Laine was also checked by Sam Bennett into the boards during that sequence. It is not yet clear which part contributed to his injury.

He finished his shift but did not play again after that.

Adam Gretzis a writer forPro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line atphtblog@nbcsports.comor follow him on Twitter@AGretz.

We have our first disciplinary hearing of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Saturday night that Chicago Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula will have a hearing on Sunday for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Ennis.

You can see the hit in the video above.

There was no penalty called on the play.


The Blackhawks stormed out to a huge lead on Saturday, chasing Oilers goalie Mike Smith after he surrendered five goals. They went on to win the game 6-4 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Monday and given the fact the league has already scheduled a hearing there is a very good chance Chicago will be without Caggiula’s services for that game.

Adam Gretzis a writer forPro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line atphtblog@nbcsports.comor follow him on Twitter@AGretz.

Jeff Petry was the surprising hero for the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night when his goal at the 13:57 mark of overtime lifted his team to a stunning 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their qualifying round series.

If the Canadiens are going to pull off this upset, it is going to be because of games like this.

The recipe?

A great performance from Carey Price in net (check), a little bit of puck luck (check), and some young players stepping up in big moments (check again).

Here is a look at Petry’s goal that won it.

Jeff Petry wins it in overtime for @CanadiensMTL! #StanleyCup

— #StanleyCup Qualifiers on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 2, 2020

A few other takeaways from the Canadiens’ win:

Two of Montreal’s best young players made huge impacts

While Price did his part to keep the Canadiens in it early and continued to make huge saves all night, a couple of young cornerstone players made big contributions of their own.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki both scored goals in the win, while Suzuki in particular had an impressive game.

His goal in the second period gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead and was an absolutely beautiful, pinpoint snipe off the rush. He also played an outstanding two-way game and made an impact all over the ice. They are two of Montreal’s youngest players and getting efforts like that in their first postseason game has to make Canadiens’ fans happy.

Missed opportunities for the Penguins

If the Penguins end up losing this series they are going to have nightmares about this game because they had no shortage of opportunities to win it.

At the center of those missed opportunities was a dreadful power play performance that saw them convert on just one of their seven opportunities. They failed to score on an extended 5-on-3 early in the third period with the game tied, looked even worse on their next power play that period, then failed on an opportunity in overtime.

As if all of that was not enough, Conor Sheary missed the net on a penalty shot with just over three minutes to play in regulation.

Vintage Carey Price

Everyone knew coming into this series that the Canadiens’ best chance was a huge performance from Price.

The concern with that is that over the past couple of years he has not always been the dominant goalie that he was during his prime.

He is, however, still very capable of being that goalie in stretches. He showed that on Saturday by stopping 39 of 41 shots in the win. He was at his best in the first 10 minutes when the Penguins stormed out of the gate and carried the play. Price’s ability to slam the door and keep Pittsburgh off the scoreboard helped set the tone for the rest of the game.

Adam Gretzis a writer forPro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line atphtblog@nbcsports.comor follow him on Twitter@AGretz.

The only all-Canadian matchup in the Qualifying Round will be the first-ever postseason meeting between Winnipeg and Calgary and just the second game between these clubs this season as the final two games of the season series were cancelled due to play being halted in March.

The Jets are in the postseason for the third straight season after just two playoff appearances in the franchises first 17 seasons in the league. The Flames were the top seed in the Western Conference last season before getting upset in the opening round by Colorado in 5 games. Calgary has won just one playoff series in the last 14 seasons since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2004.

Out of all the 24 teams returning to play, Winnipeg has the longest active winning streak having ended the regular season with 4 straight wins. They are the only playoff team that has not lost since February  with their last defeat coming in the building theyll play this entire postseason in, having lost at Edmonton on Feb. 29.

WHAT: Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets
WHERE: Rogers Place – Edmonton
WHEN: Saturday, August 1, 10:30 p.m. ET
ON THE CALL: Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
LIVE STREAM:You can watch the Flames-Jets stream on NBC Sports live stream page and the NBC Sports app.


(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets

Saturday, Aug. 1: Jets vs. Flames, 10:30 p.m. ET  NBCSN (Livestream)
Monday, Aug. 3: Jets vs. Flames, 2:30 p.m. ET  NBCSN
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Flames vs. Jets, 4:45 p.m. ET  NBCSN
Thursday, Aug. 6: Flames vs. Jets*, TBD
Saturday, Aug. 8: Jets vs. Flames*, TBD

You can watch all the NHL playoff streams on the NBC Sports app.

" 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers schedule

This series features the largest regular-season points gap of any Stanley Cup Qualifier matchup. The fifth-seeded Penguins were 15 points above the 12th-seeded Canadiens when the league paused in March.

While Pittsburgh was in the middle of a tight race in the Metro Division, Montreal was staring at a third straight season without playoff hockey. Now, the most decorated franchise in terms of Stanley Cups will have a chance at another title thanks to the Return to Play format.

This is the Penguins’ 14th straight postseason appearance, longest active streak in the NHL. But theyll be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season, when they were swept out of the First Round by the Islanders. Pittsburgh hasnt lost their opening round series in back-to-back years since 2010-11 and 2011-12.

The Penguins were playing some of their worst hockey of the season at the time of the stoppage. They had a season-long six-game losing streak in late February and had lost eight of their final 11 games ahead of the pause. The Canadiens saw their playoff hopes slipping over the last month of the regular season. They lost in regulation in each of their final three games before the stoppage and sat 10 points back of the second wild card.

The Canadiens and Penguins finished their regular-season series on Feb. 14, with Pittsburgh taking two of the three games. Price started all three games for Montreal, while Crosby missed the first two matchups with a core muscle injury.

WHAT: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens
WHERE: Scotiabank Arena – Toronto
WHEN: Saturday, August 1, 8 p.m. ET
ON THE CALL: John Forslund, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher
LIVE STREAM:You can watch the Canadiens-Penguins stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.


(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens

Saturday, Aug. 1: Canadiens vs. Penguins, 8 p.m. ET  NBC (Livestream)
Monday, Aug. 3: Canadiens vs. Penguins, 8 p.m. ET  NBCSN
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Penguins vs. Canadiens, 8 p.m. ET  NBCSN
Friday, Aug. 7: Penguins vs. Canadiens*
Saturday, Aug. 8: Canadiens vs. Penguins*

You can watch all the NHL playoff streams on the NBC Sports app.

" 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers schedule

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