The Calgary Flames made a move in the off season to sign Jacob Markstrom to settle their netminding issues.
On Saturday night, Markstrom got the Flames two standings points when he shut out his old team, the Vancouver Canucks, 3-0.
“First home game for me and unfortunately there’s no fans in the stands, but hopefully a lot people were watching and enjoyed the victory,” Markstrom said. “Special playing my old team, too. First game back and we’ve got nine more games against them. Quick turnaround, we’ve got another game against these guys, so we’ve got to enjoy this one, and then prepare for Monday and see what we can do better in a couple days.”
Sean Monahan potted the game’s first goal in the ninth minute of the first period.
“You want to get it going early,” Monahan said. “Right now, special teams are huge this early in the season; they can win you games and lose you games. Tonight, our PK was great (4-for-4) and the power play got three, and we won the game.”
“I was ready for it to come, but [Mangiapane] had an opportunity to shoot, faked him out and I got a good look at it,” Dube said. “It was nice to connect on that one and special teams were big for us today. I wanted it. [Mangiapane] made a great behind-the-back pass, right in my wheelhouse.”
Vancouver pushed through the final seconds to avoid the shutout, but Markstrom stoned each effort.“He played really well tonight,” Horvat said. “I’m not going to say he didn’t. He was good again tonight. He stole games like that for us in the previous years. You know how he can be. That’s the thing. We have to get in his eyes and create havoc in front of the net, and we didn’t do that in front of him tonight.”
Braden Holtby made 32 saves in the loss.
“I think [the penalty kill] is one of those things we got to work on in practice and watch some film to make sure that we know exactly what we’re doing out there,” Holtby said. “Two are ones I can definitely stop. It’s more just focusing on moving forward and being better.”