Tucker Poolman Gets Bloodied After Blocked Shot

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The Winnipeg Jets lost against the Calgary Flames in game 3 as they surrendered three goals while down a skater on Tuesday night.

Now trailing 2-1 in the best-of-five Qualifying Round series, Blake Wheeler said he and his teammates aren't panicking yet, in fact, their mindset remains the same as after Game 1.

For the third time in the series, the Jets opened the scoring. Nikolaj Ehlers - who broke a 22-game scoreless drought in the postseason in Game 2 - took a long stretch pass from Dmitry Kulikov at the Calgary blue line, flew down the right wing, and beat Cam Talbot five hole for his second goal in as many playoff games.

That lead didn't last long however, as Mathieu Perreault's tripping minor just nine seconds after the Ehlers marker put the Flames on the power play. Nine seconds after that, Elias Lindholm tipped home an Erik Gustafsson centering pass to even the game at one.

Mikael Backlund then put the Flames ahead 5:37 into the second when Connor Hellebuyck mishandled a puck behind the Jets net, leaving him and Neal Pionk tied up behind the net. Andrew Mangiapane slipped a pass in front where Backlund was waiting to deposit his second of the series.

The Flames nearly made it 3-1 just 53 seconds later when Milan Lucic's shot deflected off the stick Ehlers and Hellebuyck and into the net. However, Jets coach Paul Maurice challenged for goaltender interference and it was deemed that Flames forward Dillon Dube interfered with Hellebuyck on the play.

Calgary wouldn't be denied though, as Sean Monahan chipped home his first of the series on a power play minutes later to put the Flames up 3-1.

Copp brought some life back into the Jets 20 seconds later. A Lucic interference penalty shortly after the Monahan goal put the Jets on the power play, and Copp took a pass from Blake Wheeler on the goal line. Copp walked in front of Talbot and lifted a nifty backhand into the top corner to bring the Jets within one.

Tucker Poolman  left the game in the second period after taking a puck off the cheek. He was able to return in the third period and finished the game with 11:49 of ice time and two blocked shots.

"Tucker was really lucky he didn't lose any teeth. He just has some sutures there," said Maurice. "He's got a huge welt on the side of his face. That's a great thing for your hockey team when he walks back into the locker room and we were all really concerned after he took that puck."

The final score saw the Flames beat the Jets 6-2.




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