Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Islanders, Flames on verge of playoff spot




Islanders, Flames on verge of playoff spot

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Travis Hamonic and the Calgary Flames can seal a playoff birth with one more win. Getty Images/AFP

Islanders, Flames on verge of playoff spot

The Calgary Flames moved to within one win of a place in the Stanley Cup playoffs on Tuesday after routing the Winnipeg Jets 6-2 in their qualifying round game in Edmonton.

The Flames claimed victory, and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, after three power-play goals finally broke Winnipeg’s resistance.

The Jets took the lead through Denmark forward Nikolaj Ehlers in the first period before Swedish international Elias Lindholm levelled for Calgary shortly afterward.

Calgary then took control of the contest with goals from Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan for a 3-1 lead before Andrew Copp pulled one back for the Jets in the second period.

Matthew Tkachuk restored Calgary’s two-goal cushion with the Flames fourth goal, before Milan Lucic and Johnny Gaudreau completed the scoring in the third period.

Calgary goaltender Cam Talbot made 33 saves for the Flames while Jets counterpart Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves.

The Flames can assure themselves of a place in the playoffs with victory in game four, which takes place in Edmonton on Thursday.

The New York Islanders meanwhile are also one win away from the playoffs after defeating the Florida Panthers 4-2 in Toronto on Tuesday.

Jordan Eberle scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 26 save as the Islanders moved into a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference clash.

“I liked our resiliency,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “We’ll have to do it again. Plain and simple. That’s where we’re at.

“When all else fails, we’ve been desperate and committed to block a shot if we’ve needed to. Box out around the net.

“All those types of things where those are the details and little things that help you win.”

Game three in the series takes place Wednesday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped