After facing each other 10 times last season, the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks met for the first time this season. Both teams entered the game outside the playoff picture based on raw points and needed the win tonight.
This game was scoreless through regulation.
The Flames had seven minutes of power play time in the first period, including a five-minute match penalty handed out to Canucks defender Tyler Myers for slamming Trevor Lewis‘ face into the glass, but could not capitalize on any of them. The Cancuks’ aggressive penalty was significantly more effective than it has been in recent games and gave the Flames serious troubles.
The Canucks got their own string of power plays later in the game with the Flames taking three of the final four penalties in the game, but also could not manage much against a very solid Flames penalty kill.
The Flames were very much the better team the entire game. They owned the possession game from the puck drop but just couldn’t beat Thatcher Demko. He even stopped a Johnny Gaudreau penalty shot chance late in the second period.
Both teams secured the point and headed to overtime.
It didn’t take long. J.T. Miller tried to toe drag through all three Flames players, got his sticked knocked out of his hand (maybe illegally), but that sprung Elias Lindholm down the right wing boards.
With Oliver Kylington on the other flank, Gaudreau was left all alone in the high slot. He deposited a low slap shot squarely into the back of the net to give the Flames the 1-0 win.
It was Jacob Markstrom‘s seventh shutout of the season and the Flames’ second in the last three games.
Check out our visualizations from the game below.
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