Sam Gagner breaks late tie, Jets beat Flames 3-2

Jan 3, 2023, 6:02 AM | Updated: 9:26 pm
Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets' David Gustafsson (19)...

Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets' David Gustafsson (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

              Winnipeg Jets' Kyle Connor (81) carries the puck past Calgary Flames' Mackenzie Weeger (52) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Calgary Flames' Rasmus Andersson (4) shoots on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) makes a save on Calgary Flames' Elias Lindholm (28) as Josh Morrissey (44) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Calgary Flames' Rasmus Andersson (4) and Winnipeg Jets' Morgan Barron (36) reach for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets' David Gustafsson (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Sam Gagner tipped in Ville Heinola’s point shot with 5:40 left to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Tuesday night.

“Just was able to get my backhand on it,” the 33-year-old Gagner said after his 1,002nd NHL game. “It was a great shot by Ville. He kept it low and allowed me to see it the whole way. It’s definitely a good feeling.”

Brenden Dillon and Josh Morrissey also scored for Winnipeg and Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves. The Jets improved to 24-13-1 in the opener a three-game homestand, winning their third straight after dropping three in a row.

Nikita Zadorov and Mikael Backlund scored Calgary and Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 shots. The Flames dropped to 18-14-7.

“It’s another one that we let go, didn’t find a way to win,” Backlund said. “It’s frustrating, this one and (a recent 2-1 loss to) Edmonton, two games that I think we should have won and could have won and we find a way to lose instead.”

Morrissey gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead with 9:38 left. The Flames responded quickly, with Backlund’s backhander getting between Hellebuyck’s pads with 8:02 to go.

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Flames: Host New York Islanders on Friday night.

Jets: Host Tampa Bay on Friday night.

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