The Calgary Flames returned home after a five game road trip to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. After winning all five games on the road, the Flames put forward a truly dominant performance to extend their streak to six straight.
The first period started off relatively slow, with both teams playing a conservative checking style of hockey. The Flames no doubt wanted to keep their momentum going, and the Flyers were content to clog up the neutral zone. Things were fairly knotted up in the first half of the period, but the Flames opened things up in the latter half.
They didn’t manage to score any goals, but they finished the period outshooting the Flyers 8–4, and were starting to pull away as the better team in the game. They finally broke through in the second period with a gorgeous power play goal from Sean Monahan. It was his first goal of the year and very well deserved. Rasmus Andersson carried the puck down the right wall and fired a perfect pass to Monahan in the slot. Monahan finished the play with a nice tip that beat Carter Hart. Shots were 16–5 in favour of the Flames in the second period, and they entered the second intermission with a 1–0 lead and 24–9 advantage in shots on goal.
In the third period, the Flames blew it wide open. Goals from Matthew Tkachuk on the power play, Mikael Backlund into the empty net, and Johnny Gaudreau putting up one more 5v5 goal with Hart back in the netcapped the game’s scoring. Tkachuk’s goal was especially pretty as he finished off a tic-tac-toe play with Monahan and Elias Lindholm.
Jacob Markstrom‘s career high is three shutouts in a season (last season), and he registered his third of the 2021–22 campaign tonight. He’s allowed just one goal in his last four starts, and has been absolutely incredible for the Flames so far. It was a big win for the Flames and they’ll look to extend their winning streak to seven games on Tuesday against the Nashville Predators.
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