Markstrom makes 32 saves, Flames shut out Canucks


CALGARY — Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves to help the Calgary Flames to a 3-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

The shutout is Markstrom’s sixth in the NHL and comes in his first game against his former team. He signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Flames on Oct. 9 after playing the previous seven seasons with Vancouver.

Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist for the Flames (1-0-1), who scored all three goals on the power play.

Braden Holtby made 32 saves for the Canucks (1-2-0).

Monahan put Calgary ahead 1-0 at 8:31 of the first period, finishing a tic-tac-toe passing play with Elias Lindholm and Tkachuk.

Dillon Dube scored on a one-timer over Holtby’s shoulder after receiving a no-look backhand pass from Andrew Mangiapane to make it 2-0 at 16:12 of the second period.

Tkachuk extended the lead to 3-0 at 15:16 of the third period on a rebound at the left post.

Markstrom preserved the shutout with a blocker save on Nils Hoglander from the slot with 1:20 remaining.

Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler left the game at 9:08 of the third period with an apparent lower-body injury and did not return.

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