Jets will lament one that got away against Flames

Lee Stempniak of the Flames scores on Jets goalie Al Montoya in the shootout Monday night. The...

Lee Stempniak of the Flames scores on Jets goalie Al Montoya in the shootout Monday night. The Flames came in on a six-game winless streak but skated away with two points.

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

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WINNIPEG - One game will never make or break a hockey season.

But there’s often one you can point to as the tarnished example of what’s wrong with a team.

For the Winnipeg Jets, the defining moment last year came at home against the Washington Capitals, a 4-0 mess that set off alarm bells in late March.

The Caps had been an Eastern Conference bottom-feeder desperate for life. The Jets singlehandedly breathed it into them, and for good measure injected the Caps with a 6-1 feel-good serum for the road, the next night.

We all know how that played out.

Fast forward to this season, and I wonder if we saw one of those games here on Monday, Calgary’s 5-4 shootout win.

I’m not saying the Jets helped turn Calgary’s season around. The Flames aren’t about to storm into playoff contention any more than Rob Ford is about to start acting like a mayor.

But if the Jets are playing meaningless games in early April — and that’s more likely with each passing day in the N


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