2. Jacob Markstrom steals the game
We’ve always talked about how Jacob Markstrom is a solid goalie who has the ability to keep the team in games but usually won’t steal them any games. Well, Markstrom definitely stole the game for his team last night.
As mentioned before, the Flames were able to get off 47 shots, with three getting by Markstrom. His positioning was on point, and he made huge stops at very key moments of the game.
His most impressive save of the night came on shot number 44, Markstrom’s 41st save of the night. A huge glove stop on Johnny Gaudreau late in the third period to keep the game tied at three.
Markstrom was the game’s first star and was the main reason that the Canucks came out of that game victorious. Despite facing a heavy workload — last night being Markstrom’s seventh straight start — he has proven to be up to the task.
Markstrom’s teammates showered him with praise and Pettersson even said that Markstrom was the true hero of the game, despite picking up two assists and the shootout winner himself. The Canucks will need Markstrom to continue his improved level of play if they want to remain in the playoff conversation.