Kirill “the Thrill” Kaprizov made it rain hats, and the Edmonton Oilers stormed back against the Kings to tie their series. The Oilers and Calgary Flames still have a long way to go to make a playoff Battle of Alberta a thing again. That hasn’t happened in 30 years. Not to get too far ahead of things because the Dallas Stars are going to put up a fight, too. Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom didn’t have face many pucks in Game 1 but knows how to keep his focus in contests with lighter workloads.
“He’s had to do it lots this season,” said the Calgary Flames head coach, Darryl Sutter.
Markstrom stopped all 16 shots he faced in Game 1 but didn’t see a single fleck of rubber for the entire first 11 minutes. He stopped three over the next nine minutes, then 10 in the second and just three over the final 20 minutes.
But the goaltender said he wasn’t bored.
“No, not really,” said Markstrom, who led the NHL with nine shutouts this season. “If we’re shooting the puck and scoring goals, then they’re not shooting at me, so I just have to stay focused and relaxed and don’t start chasing the game.
“Eventually, you know it’s going to come to you.”
Expect more to come at him tonight.
No changes to the Calgary Flames lineup but the Stars are shaking things up a little to try to generate more offence.
A shakeup in the middle-six for the Dallas Stars…
— Salim Nadim Valji (@salimvalji) May 5, 2022
In case you missed it, the Calgary Flames are not worried about the threats from John Klinberg after the double ejection from the fight with Rasmus Andersson.
NHL News & National Hockey Now:
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: It’s not good news for the players injured in Game 1. The Penguins had to reach deep for a backup goalie. Alex D’Orio spent half the season with the Wheeling Nailers. Injury updates on Rickard Rakell, Jason Zucker, Tristan Jarry, and Casey DeSmith.
Malkin beamed after scoring the game-winner in the 6th period on Tuesday. He got a few laughs and was, for a moment, serious about what life has been like since Russia attacked Ukraine. Watch the interview and get the story– Evgeni Malkin speaks.
Minnesota Star Tribune: Marc-Andre Fleury won Game 2. Kaprizov was a beast. Minnesota evened the series with St. Louis, 1-1.
Boston Hockey Now: Carolina is just laying the lumber to the Bruins, even with a third goalie in net. Speed, depth…it’s 2-0. Trouble for the Boston Bruins.
Andrei Svechnikov put Hampus Lindholm on dream street. It was a clean hit, but it was so violent that it snapped Lindholm’s stick. Bruce Cassidy said Lindholm was not doing well. Hampus Lindholm update.
Washington Hockey Now: It’s a game-time decision. Tom Wilson is getting treatment for an injury. He’s questionable for Game 2 vs. Florida. Washington Capitals update.
Sportsnet: Gary Bettman says the NHL has no interest in expanding the playoffs. He also got stuck briefly in one of the Saddledome elevators watching the Calgary Flames on Tuesday and said the NHL will not be hosting any events in Calgary until there’s a new building.