Leaky defense, tough Calgary goalie Jacob Marksrom too tough for Detroit Red Wings to overcome in 3-0 loss
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves for his league-leading ninth shutout and Elias Lindholm scored his career-high 30th goal to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Tyler Toffoli and Blake Coleman also scored for Calgary (36-15-7), which entered the game in first place in the Pacific Division, five points up on the Los Angeles Kings with two games in hand.
Markstrom made 14 saves in the third period as the Flames improved to 16-2-1 in their last 19 games. He acknowledged that the long periods of inactivity at times made it difficult.
“Definitely more mentally draining than physically, obviously,” said Markstrom, whose nine shutouts are one shy of the franchise record of 10 held by Miikka Kiprusoff.
“If you look at the games, most games may not look like this, but similar, so it’s definitely a team stat,” said Markstrom, who is 28-11-6. “Just try to tell the guys to keep going and keep playing this way. It’s fun to be goalie for this team.”
Detroit (24-28-7) is winless in its last five (0-4-1).
“I think we had too many guys that had no jump at all,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We had guys that didn’t probably battle hard enough at times, so we just defended and played in our end and they got chances and shots and just couldn’t get any jump going at all.”
Thomas Greiss, who was under siege most of the night, finished with 40 stops. He is 8-10-1.
The Flames scored first at 9:22 on a power play when Lindholm wove through the neutral zone and into the Wings end before cutting to the middle of the ice and ripping a wrist shot into the top corner.
Lindholm, who is having a career season offensively with 62 points in 58 games, is on an eight-game point streak with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) over that span.
Thanks to outstanding goaltending from Greiss, the game remained 1-0 into the third period when Calgary made it 2-for-2 on the man advantage at 8:25 with Matthew Tkachuk setting up Toffoli at the side of the net with a cross-crease pass.