The Calgary Flames faced off against the Vancouver Canucks in the first of a four-game series, three of which are on the road in Vancouver. It could be a pivotal series as the Flames have a big opportunity to take advantage of their games in hand, whereas the Canucks are struggling and could quickly fall out of the playoff race.
In the first period, it was all Vancouver with the pressure, but Jacob Markstrom was solid as he was all night. While the Flames didn’t amount much offence at all in the first 10 minutes of the game, they finished the first period with a bit of a surge capped off with a goal from Mark Giordano right as a Calgary power play expired.
In the second, the Canucks drew even as Brock Boeser potted his tenth goal of the season. Similar to the first period, the Flames didn’t do much for the first half of the second either, but again, a strong push in the second half of the period led to Andrew Mangiapane restoring the Flames’ lead off a flurry of offence during a power play. Incredibly, both Flames goals came right as the power play expired.
Entering the final frame, the Flames were able to get ahead by two off of an excellent goal from Johnny Gaudreau. As the Sean Monahan exited the penalty box, he picked up an errant pass and sprung Gaudreau for a breakaway.
It wasn’t their strongest showing, but the Flames were opportunistic and had reliable goaltending. That combination was all they needed to pick up their third straight win while also dealing Vancouver their sixth straight loss.
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