Brodie has 2 goals, 2 assists in Flames’ 6-3 win over Jets

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Defenseman T.J. Brodie had two goals and two assists and the Calgary Flames scored the final five goals to beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 on Saturday night in their home opener.

Johnny Gaudreau scored the go-ahead goal and had three assists for Calgary, down 3-1 after the first period. Brodie and Gaudreau each tied career highs with four-point games. The Flames broke out after falling 3-0 at Edmonton on Wednesday night in their opener.

I think that was big for us to get some confidence and get some chemistry going as a group, Brodie said. It was a good step forward from the start of the game to the end of the game. We came together and started making some plays.

Authentic Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey Saban came into the news conference in a predictably feisty mood after Alabama needed to recover an onside kickoff late in the fourth quarter to seal its 27-19 win over the Aggies at Kyle Field. The Crimson Tide led 24-3 early in the third quarter, seemingly on their way to another blowout victory over an SEC opponent after winning their first two league games by a combined score of 125-3.

But Texas A&M fought back, led by freshman quarterback Kellen Mond and a defense that forced Alabama’s first turnover since Nov. 24, 2016 against Auburn, a streak of 36 quarters. The inability to put away the Aggies, Saban said, was a disappointment, a word he used more than a half-dozen times in his opening remarks to media.

Saban got especially animated when he was asked a question about his offense failing to get a first down on three of its first four possessions, the lone exception being a 75-yard touchdown run by Damien Harris.

I’m asking them, ‘Are you going to listen to me or are you going to listen to these guys about how good you are?’ Just like your question right now, Saban said. We get stopped three out of four times, like that’s a bad thing. We’re not going to beat everybody 66-3.

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