Inside The Game: Flames vs. Canucks
After a strong penalty kill in which the Flames put four shots on Jacob Markstrom, including three shots in a span of 27 seconds, Vancouver opened the scoring in the first frame when Daniel Sedin redirected David Booth’s shot that was going wide past Karri Ramo for his fifteenth goal of the season.
Sedin added to Vancouver’s lead on the power play when he corralled his own rebound close to Ramo and fired it right below the crossbar.
Markstrom turned away all 11 shots faced in the opening 20 minutes.
The second stanza saw Vancouver extend their lead over the Flames with a pair of goals, one coming from rookie defenceman Frankie Corrado when he picked off the Flames clearing attempt at the blue line and fired a wrist shot that deflected off Chad Billins and the shaft of Ramo’s stick before finding the back of Calgary’s net.
Vancouver’s fourth goal came off the stick of Ryan Kesler when he picked up the puck along the half boards, skated towards the Flames net and snapped a quick wrist shot on Ramo’s short side, putting an end to the Finnish netminder’s night.
Calgary’s lone goal was courtesy of none other than rookie forward Johnny Gaudreau a little over a minute later, as Chris Breen’s shot was redirected towards him to the side of Vancouver’s net, off his stick and past Markstrom. It was the 20-year-old's first career NHL goal.
A scary moment froze the crowd at Rogers Arena a few minutes later when Flames forward Paul Byron hit Sedin in the Canuck’s zone. Sedin went into the glass awkwardly and laid motionless for several minutes. Byron received a five minute major and a game misconduct, while Sedin was stretchered off the ice and didn't return to action.
Yannick Weber would conclude the scoring for Vancouver on the five-minute power play after he received a point-to-point pass from Jason Garrison and fired a one-timer slap shot beating Joey MacDonald to put the Canucks up 5-1 after the second period.
In the third period, both Markstrom and MacDonald were perfect between the pipes, turning away two and eight shots respectively to put an end to both team’s season. Markstrom won his first career game as a member of the Vancouver Canucks in his third consecutive start.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Chris Breen fired a wrist shot towards Vancouver’s net, Joe Colborne who was screening Markstrom had the shot redirect off his skate and to the left of the net, where Gaudreau tipped the shot between the post and Markstrom’s skate for his first career NHL goal.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Ramo was able to turn away a backhand shot in the slot by Kesler midway through the first period after the Canucks centre received a pass from Henrik Sedin. The redirected shot would deflect off Ramo’s arm and then the post to keep the Flames within one goal at that point of the game.
After making four big stops on Calgary’s first power play of the night, Markstrom gave his Canucks an opportunity to build off their lead, which his team did not pass up as Daniel Sedin would score his second goal of the game just minutes after killing off the Flames first power play of the night. Sedin’s goal would be the eventual game winner for Vancouver.
STAT OF THE GAME
Gaudreau and Arnold became the 43rd and 44th players to suit up for the Calgary Flames this season during tonight’s game.
Kenny Agostino and Bryce Van Brabant were scratched against the Canucks. Markus Granlund (upper body), Dennis Wideman (upper body), David Jones (upper body), Mikael Backlund (upper body), Ladislav Smid (upper body), Tyler Wotherspoon (shoulder), Mike Cammalleri (illness) and TJ Brodie (undisclosed) all missed the game due to injury.