Calgary Flames 5 – Vancouver Canucks 2
2nd: 12:05 – Johnny Gaudreau (2) (Monahan), 13:30 – Mikael Backlund (1) (Leivo, Lucic), 19:58 PPG – Elias Lindholm (2) (Gaudreau, Andersson)
3rd: 6:40 PPG – Mark Giordano (1) (unassisted), 19:05 EN – Rasmus Andersson (1) (Monahan)
1st: 10:17 – Jake Virtanen (1) (courtesy of Flames’ Valimaki)
3rd: 13:15 SHG – Tyler Myers (1) (courtesy of Flames’ Giordano)
The Flames would be outshot 16-4 by the Canucks in the opening period. Canucks’ Jake Virtanen being awarded a goal after his point shot was deflected in off of Flames’ defensemen Juuso Valimaki.
The Calgary Flames would show up in the second period. Scoring 3 goals to end the 2nd with a two goal lead on the Vancouver Canucks.
Johnny Gaudreau would tie the game 1-1 just after mid way in the game with a tic-tac-toe pass play between him and Sean Monahan.
Leivo would take the puck up into the attack zone and try whacking the puck in after a back pass from Lucic, both players would storm the net, but it would be Backlund patiently waiting for the puck to come out of the scrum in front of the net — and puck to tape Backlund would make no mistake giving the Flames the go ahead goal.
Flames on their 5th Power-Play; this time a 5-on-3 after Monahan takes a high stick, and Tkachuk gets roughed up; score their 3rd goal of the game with 0.2 seconds left in the 2nd.
Gaudreau hustling to make things happen, first with a pass to Rasmus — then gathering Rasmus’ shot rebound for a quick pass off to Lindholm this time. Gaudreau would get his 4th point of the season with the assist on Lindholm's one timer.
The Flames would outshoot the Canucks 20-4 in the 2nd.
Mark Giordano would score his first goal of the season on the PP to give the Flames a 4-1 lead on the Canucks early in the 3rd period. His goal would be unassisted, but give credit to Backlund for leading the rush and forcing a backward pass that ended up on Giordano’s stick.
The Flames with another own goal, this time Giordano gets his stick on the puck and tips it in five hole on Markstrom, making it a 4-2 game as the Canucks are this time awarded with a shorthanded goal.
The Flames would be on the PK with minutes left to play, Markstrom coming up with the big saves to give Calgary the win. Rasmus Andersson would pot an empty netter before the game would end, Monahan registering another assist and second point of the game.
Calgary wins their second game against the Canucks, scoring 4 goals on Demko, who got the start in net instead of Holtby for Vancouver tonight.
Johnny Hockey is back, with 1G, 1A in tonight’s win against the Canucks. Gaudreau, Monahan and Lindholm have had a point in all 3 games so far this season.
A total of 14 PIM were handed out to Vancouver, and Calgary was able to take advantage with 2 PPG.
Both Canucks’ goals were tipped in by a red jersey, Markstrom might have some words for his defensemen after the game.
Flame of the Game
Markstrom (G): If it weren’t for the 15 saves made by Jacob Markstrom in the 1st period, the Flames would have had to dig themselves out of a deeper hole.
Calgary Flames vs. Toronto Maple Leafs @Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, January 24th 2pm MT.
by Renu Sahota