Calgary defeats Islanders at home for sixth straight win
The Calgary Flames are the hottest team in the NHL, entering this game on a five-game winning streak and climbing the Pacific Division standings. Standing in their were the New York Islanders, fresh from a loss to the Edmonton Oilers the previous night.
Looking for a sixth straight win, Jacob Markstrom was handling the pipes for the Flames, his 12th straight start. For the Islanders, it was supposed to be Semyon Varlamov in net, but it was Ilya Sorokin in goal for the Islanders. It was later announced that Varlamov had been placed in covid protocols despite his warm-ups. Not good.
The Flames opened the scoring midway through the first period. On a magnificent pass behind the net from Rasmus Andersson, Adam Ruzicka scored his third goal of the season. Shortly after that though, Noah Dobson scored a power-play goal that deflected Noah Hanifin and past Markstrom to even things up.
With just under two minutes remaining in the first period, Chris Tanev restored the Flames’ one-goal lead with a nice wrist shot over Sorokin’s shoulder for his fourth goal. of the season.
The second period saw the Flames put on an absolute clinic on defense. The Islanders were held without a shot for the first 12 minutes of the second period. Andrew Mangiapane brought home a fine setup from Ruzicka to give the Flames a 3-1 lead, but Jean-Gabriel Pageau capitalized on a rare error from Elias Lindholm to cut the lead back to one before the end of the game. the period.
In the third period, the Flames played almost perfectly. They held 71% of the expected goals in the third and really put down the Islanders. Erik Gubranson and Lindholm scored in the third to push the final scoreline to an impressive 5-2.
The Flames earned their sixth straight win and moved just one point behind the Vegas Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific with three games in hand.
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