Markstrom is unbeaten as Flames lead Blackhawks 1-0 – Calgary
Thanks to Jacob Markstrom’s 32 saves, Calgary stole two points on Saturday night.
Elias Lindholm scored the only goal and Markstrom was impressive in posting his 20th career shutout as the Flames snapped a four-game losing skid with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
“Obviously you want to put on a better performance for your goalie, but he was dialed in tonight and he played a great game,” Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson said. “Sometimes you need your goalie to steal a game and today was a perfect example of that.”
While Chicago held a slight advantage in shots at 32-30, the Blackhawks had a wide edge in quality chances where Markstrom was forced to focus on five breakaways in the first 40 minutes.
“I felt like every game we gave up a lot of grade A (chances) or breakaways,” Lindholm said. “Our game hasn’t been where we want it to be and this guy has battled every game and given us a chance to be in it and have a chance to win.”
Boris Katchouk and Lukas Reichel broke free within the opening seven minutes of the game, but were denied. In the second, after Katchouk came in alone again short-handed but shot high, it was Philipp Kurashev who singled but Markstrom flashed the glove to deny him a deke.
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Then, with the score tied 1-0 late in the second, Markstrom fouled Isaak Phillips after he split the Flames defense.
“The last few games, we’ve had some crazy bounces and it’s nice to be on the right side for once,” said Markstrom, who improved to 14-13-2.
Calgary (22-22-5) ended a six-game homestand with just two wins.
“You look at our last number of games and we’ve been leaky, I think there’s a little bit of mental fatigue,” Flames coach Ryan Huska said. “So this break comes at the right time for our team where guys can get away for a while and not think about hockey.”
The Blackhawks (14-34-2) have lost 10 straight on the road and are winless (0-19-1) in their last 20. The franchise record was 22 in 1950-51 (0-20-2).
“Obviously it’s disappointing,” Chicago defenseman Kevin Korchinski said. “We have to move on and maybe not put it into words. Let our actions do the talking.”
Petr Mrazek had 29 stops for Chicago. He fell to 12-19-1.
“We had some games where we had more chances and more shots than other teams but maybe not the quality, but tonight I think we had the quality as well,” Chicago coach Luke Richardson said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen six breakaways in a game and zero on the score clock.”
Calgary went 1-for-2 on the man advantage while Chicago went 0-for-2.
“It’s obviously frustrating when you see and the puck doesn’t go in,” Chicago forward Taylor Raddysh said. “At the end of the day you have to make both of them suffer. As a whole team we have to find that little leap or step to be able to bang one home and get one over the goalie .
The lone goal came at 15:55 of the second.
On a power play, Lindholm set up Yegor Sharangovich in front, whose one-timer was blocked by defenseman Jarred Tinordi, but the puck made its way to Lindholm at the side of the net and he fired it into the empty side that Mrazek caught. from the position.
“It’s been a long time, I’ve had a lot of chances, I just haven’t been able to put them in. That’s why it’s always nice to score again and also help the team win,” Lindholm, who finished with 15 games. aimless drought.
It was only his second goal in the last 25 games for Lindholm, who was selected by the NHL as Calgary’s representative for the upcoming all-star game.
“Usually he doesn’t celebrate too much when he scores so you can feel the relief,” Andersson said.
Two years removed from scoring 42 goals, Lindholm — who is a pending unrestricted free agent — has just nine goals in 49 games.
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