The Calgary Flames had Jacob Markstrom perspiring abundantly after stopping the Winnipeg Jets for the successful start of this new season. Markstrom’s visage grew cloudy as a reporter brought up their previous season’s results.
“We’ve played one game this year, and now we’re focused on Game 2,” Markstrom declared strongly. We aren’t going backward. We are merely gazing ahead. This season is not being compared to one from 10 or 15 years ago.Markstrom is looking forward to a chance at atonement in order to put his disappointment in the past.
It really got off to a great start.
On Wednesday, 33-year-old goaltender Markstrom had an outstanding performance, leading the Flames to a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in the season opener at Saddledome. He made 34 saves in this game.
“Marquee was great,” said Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane, who helped score Elias Lindholm with 91 seconds left in the third period. “He’s an important part of our team and it’s unbelievable to see how great he is. I think it was probably 12-2 at the start of the game and he kept us in the game with his head. .”
“So this is a big game for him and we’re going to need more.”
In fact, Markstrom’s return is key to the Flames’ 2024 playoff hopes, as he left after a statistically below-average season as an NHL starter. Winnipeg’s first goal may have been worrying for Markstrom, as Kyle Connor’s shot went between the legs of a defender, but it didn’t faze Markstrom.
The experienced Swede was an outstanding penalty killer for the home side, making 14 saves despite being short-handed. There were other shaky moments, but there was also some luck when a teammate scored on a turnover that led to an open net chance.
Said Flames head coach Ryan Husker. He’s a special goalie.” And when he’s at his best, he’s hard to beat. If you watched today’s game in the first 10 minutes, if he wasn’t ready to play, the game could have been a lot different. As expected, he did a great job for us. ”
Truth be told, it was hard to know what to expect from Markstrom, who returned to the Flames after statistically the worst season as an NHL starter.
This 34-save shutout really boosted morale. He explained it in his own words: We believe in each other,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to the start of the season and now that it’s finally here I’m really looking forward to getting back to work and playing some important games for points.”
“And you know, there’s no better feeling than getting that big ‘W’ after a hard-fought game.”
Mangiapane scored his first goal of the night on the power play, and his final goal also went into an empty net. His classy 3-point performance was the best part of Lindholm’s no-look pass for the winner. Lindholm smiled and said, “I think a lot of people did that…Rasmus Andersson, Shorty, Mackenzie Weegar all contributed for the Flames…” Mangiapane’s early markers could bode well. He stole his first season with the Flames in 2021-22, with the powerful winger having a 35-goal outburst.
Husker praised Mangiapane’s effective introduction, saying: “It’s very important for him to come back after surgery and try to rediscover his game a little bit.” “It’s great to see him contributing.” I’m happy,” he said.
Markstrom is 1-0 in the only season that matters. “I thought everyone was solid on the ice,” he said. “It was a battle against a Jets team that stepped up under a new defensive zone plan. It wasn’t a terrible structure. “We gave them too many looks, so we had to endure a lot of water tonight. I had to.”
This game is the result of a long wait for the season to start, and now that the season has started, we can’t wait to get back to work, fight for points, and play a fun game. “And you know, there’s no better feeling than scoring a big ‘W’ goal after a hard-fought game.”
around the board
Mangiapane scored his first goal of the night on a power play and his last goal into an empty net. His elite three-point performance was the best part of Lindholm’s no-look pass for the game-winner. Lindholm smiled and said, “I think a lot of players could have done that…Rasmus Andersson, Shorty and Mackenzie Weegar have all contributed for the Flames…Mangiapane’s early kickoff could bode well. No,” he said. He stole the Flames’ first season in 2021-22, which was a 35-goal explosion for the strong winger.”
Huska praised Mangiapane’s impactful introduction, saying, “It’s really important for him, coming back from surgery, to get back and try to rediscover his game a bit.” “It’s nice to see him contributing.”
As for Markstrom, he’s ahead in the only season that matters, 1-0. “I thought everyone was solid on the ice,” he said. “It was a struggle against an improved Jets team in the context of the new defensive-zone plan. It wasn’t a terrible structure; we were just giving them too many looks, which is why we had to endure a lot of water tonight.”
Game 1 is the beginning, and ‘C’ and climbing onto the ice in Calgary will be truly exciting. “Flames will play five in a row around their boards – a journey that begins with Saturday’s performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins and includes stops in Washington, Buffalo, Columbus, and Detroit.”
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