The Calgary Flames continued their busy month of March with a bout with the Buffalo Sabres on home ice. Calle Jarnkrok played his first game as a member of the Flames. Tending the pipes was Jacob Markstrom for Calgary and Dustin Tokarski for Buffalo.
This game was extremely uneventful on the score sheet. Just 30 seconds into the first period, the Flames earned their first power play of the game but did not convert. Shots were 7-6 for the Sabres after one.
No goals were scored through the second and third periods either, and the teams headed to overtime tied at 0-0. It was a sensational game for both goalies, however. Tokarski stopped several grade-A scoring chances that were absolutely labeled for the back of the net, and Markstrom weathered a very heavy storm from the Sabres in the final two periods.
The Flames were really fighting it all night though. Pucks were sliding off their sticks, passes weren’t crisp, clearing attempts were fanned on, and shots were fired wide. It was a tough night for the home side and though they owned possession by a fairly wide margin in almost every major category, they just couldn’t beat Tokarski.
Unfortunately, Markstrom made a critical error trying to clear the puck in overtime that lead to an easy finishing marker from Tage Thompson. Markstrom was not happy with himself after the misplay, and for a goalie who has been so spectacular all season long, this loss really can’t be put solely at his feet. The team didn’t put up a single goal to help him out and sometimes this happens.
The Flames are back at it on Saturday night to face the Vancouver Canucks. We’ll see if Markstrom is back in net or if the Flames turn to Dan Vladar.
Visualizations of the game are below.
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