Markstrom earns ninth shutout of the season with 3-0 win over Red Wings

Playing their seventh game in 12 days, the Calgary Flames hosted the Detroit Red Wings. The last time these two teams met was in October, when the game resulted in Calgary’s first win of the 2021-22 season. The two teams face very different scenarios with their seasons, as the Flames continue to push for the No. 1 seed in the Pacific Division while the Red Wings are a long way from the playoffs.

The Flames saw Oliver Kylington sidelined with a daily lower-body injury, in which Michael Stone replaced him. Jacob Markstrom started, suggesting it could be Daniel Vladar tomorrow against the Colorado Avalanche.

First period

The first period was a sight to behold. The Flames sprinkled Thomas Greiss with 19 shots while limiting the Red Wings to just one shot. Markstrom was not busy at all in the opening period. For the Flames, they quickly took a 1-0 lead thanks to a power-play scorer from Elias Lindholm.

It would be Lindholm’s 30th goal, marking a new career high for the forward and making him the first Flames player to reach 30 goals this year. He did it almost entirely by himself. Going into the area, he seemingly separated the Red Wings and landed a quick shot that beat Greiss cleanly.

At the end of the period, the Flames were basically unlucky to be trailing by just one goal, they could easily have led a lot more.

Second period

In the second period, most expected the Red Wings to push back after a lackluster start, but the Flames refused to let go. They limited Detroit to just four shots midway through the game for a total of five shots after forty minutes of play. Calgary, however, put up another 12 shots to maintain a 31–5 advantage.

Despite the onslaught, the Flames were unable to get another goal against Greiss during the period, and he was a big reason the Red Wings were never really out of the game. keeping them one shot away from the tie.

Third period

As mentioned, despite completely dominating the Red Wings, the Flames headed into the third period with only a 1-0 lead. That would soon change, however, as just before the halfway point of the final period, the Flames found themselves on the power play. A quick pass from Matthew Tkachuk to Tyler Toffoli waiting on the doorstep led to the Flames’ second power-play goal of the game.

With less than four minutes to go, the Flames got some extra insurance with a tough net goal from Blake Coleman. He was set up on a Chris Tanev one-timer but was unable to get a clean shot thanks to Joe Veleno playing defender. Coleman found himself in the net, as did the puck. After a coach’s challenge and another examination to see if the puck crossed the goal line, the on-ice call stood and the Flames led 3-0.

All that remained was to secure Markstrom’s shutout. The ensuing power play, awarded to Calgary for Detroit’s late play, made it easier to defend against the pressing Red Wings, but they nonetheless pulled Greiss for the extra forward. In the end, they weren’t able to solve Markstrom, who ended up earning his ninth shutout of the season, one step away from tying the Flames franchise record and closing the gap between him. and Ilya Sorokin at three.

The Flames pick up a nice win at home after putting up an absolute clinic. Check out the game’s data visualizations below!

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