Canadiens stopped cold by Flames’ Markstrom for first regulation loss

Tanya Simon
January 31, 2021

That meeting got the crew ramped up, but one Flame, in particular, heard the message and ran with it. Markstrom set aside all 37 shots he faced at the Bell Centre, to pick up his second shutout in only six games played with the club (from "In the Habs" Room: Calgary comes out strong to hand Canadiens first loss, ' Montreal Gazette, 01/31/21).

Montreal Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin (92) moves in on Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Tkachuk's temper reached its boiling point but fighting Chiarot - who had previously been involved in nine bouts, including an opening night tilt against Maple Leafs forward Wayne Simmonds - isn't the best decision, and the Canadiens' defenseman handled him easily. I noticed that, right off the bat, he wasn't fighting the puck, but rather, he appeared relaxed making a save or handling the rubber around his net. The Flames took seven minor penalties, but Markstrom stopped all thirteen power play shots. It was Gallagher's third goal of the season and his second on the power play.

"We've got a tight team, so we've got to regroup here real quick", forward Sean Monahan said.

One hundred and ninety feet away from Markstrom's crease, Canadiens backup Jake Allen was full value, beaten only by a flawless, power-play shot from Johnny Gaudreau in the fourth minute of the first period, coming up with 31 saves of his own. "We see the game pretty similarly". They're always constantly into discussions and trying to clarify things.

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The Flames also had a hot goaltender in their corner.

Indeed, in a 56-game sprint, you can't allow a skid to snowball.

Two of the them came on the Montreal power play.

The Canadiens had previously scored at least three goals in each of their games, with all but two forwards and one defenceman failing to find the back of the net.

The Canadiens have a day off Sunday and will return to action Monday when they play the first of back-to-back games against the Vancouver Canucks (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN-690 Radio). While with the Jets, the Bell Centre was Chiarot's favourite arena to play in.

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