The Vancouver Canucks bounced back from a disappointing finish at home against Detroit on Monday to bury 5 on Mike Smith and the Calgary Flames in Cow-Town. Jacob Markstrom was the story in this one – while the big Swedish keeper only made 29 saves on paper, some of those could already be early candidates for saves of the year.
The Flames came out hot (yeah, I’m going to use all these cheesy ‘Flames’ cliches) in the first period, scoring about 4 minutes in… but wait… the fired up crowd’s enthusiasm was doused shortly after as the goal was disallowed as the play was offside. Fast forward a minute to the Canucks’ second powerplay … nothing doing … nothing doing … BAM! Sam Gagner scores with helpers from Dank and No Panic Vanek! But alas, five minutes later, the Flames drew even on their own powerplay.
The two rival squads exchanged goals twice in a second period that was dominated by Calgary. Goals from Gaudreau, Vanek, Ferland, and Dorsett (in that order) set up a third period knotted at trois.
Despite more heat from the Flamers, Jacob Markstrom kept things knotted until Bo and Boeser combined once again for another powerplay marker. Top it all off with a dandy 2 on 1 featuring the beloved Sedin twins (for Hank’s first of the season) and you have yourself a 5-3 final in favour of the visiting Nucks.
Another great win on the road, leaving Vancouver with an unprecedented record of 5-1 when playing anywhere but Rogers Arena.
Perhaps we did not deserve to win this game. With just over 20 shots in the contest, Markstrom stole one. I’m going to go ahead and chalk this one up to karma for the game we should have won against Cory Schneider and the Devils. The universe seems to even out as it should.