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Mark Scheifele leaves Jets-Flames Game 1 after a push from Matthew Tkachuk

The Jets lost to No. 1 center Mark Scheifele due to an injury to the lower body in the opening stages of their qualifying round-opener vs. the Flames on Saturday.

Scheifele had to be cleared of the ice in Edmonton after clumsily hitting the boards while Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk was chasing him.

The Jets announced in the second period that Scheifele would not return.

Mark Scheifele is helped off the ice.

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Moments later, Winnipeg Captain Blake Wheeler fought Tkachuk, who took off his gloves while skating to accept the invitation.

Tkachuk’s reputation for chippiness left people questioning whether he cut Scheifele’s lower leg with a skate.

27-year-old Scheifele scored 73 points (29 goals, 44 assists) in 71 games with Winnipeg this season, with Kyle Connor the most at the club. He was the Jets’ first concept choice after the move of the Atlanta franchise in 2011.

Winnipeg was hit again in the third period when winger Patrik Laine suffered a clear wrist or elbow injury.

Calgary won Game 1 of the best-of-five series 4-1. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Monday. The series winner will advance to the Western Conference portion of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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