Elias Lindholm’s thirtieth aim was the game-winner and Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves for his league-leading ninth shutout to guide the Calgary Flames to a 3-0 win over the Detroit Pink Wings on Saturday.
Tyler Toffoli and Blake Coleman additionally scored for Calgary (36-15-7), which entered the evening in first place within the Pacific Division, 5 factors up on the Los Angeles Kings with two video games in hand. The Flames are 16-2-1 of their final 19.
The Flames have been flying to Denver instantly after the sport as they play their fifth sport in seven days on Sunday evening after they tackle the Colorado Avalanche.
Detroit (24-28-7) is winless in its final 5 (0-4-1).
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Barely examined by way of 40 minutes, 14 of Markstrom’s stops got here within the third interval as Detroit mounted a late push. Markstrom is 28-11-6 on the season.
Thomas Greiss, who was beneath siege a lot of the evening, completed with 40 stops. He’s 8-10-1.
The Flames opened the scoring at 9:22 on the facility play when Lindholm wove by way of the impartial zone and into the Pink Wings finish earlier than slicing to the center of the ice and ripping a wrist shot into the highest nook.
Thirty is a profession excessive in objectives for Lindholm, who’s having a profession season offensively with 62 factors in 58 video games. He’s on an eight-game level streak with 13 factors (seven objectives, six assists) over that span.
Due to excellent goaltending from Greiss, the sport remained 1-0 into the third interval when Calgary made it 2-for-2 on the person benefit at 8:25 with Matthew Tkachuk organising Toffoli together with the web with a cross-crease cross.
Toffoli has eight objectives and 13 factors in 13 video games since being acquired from the Montreal Canadiens in a commerce on Feb. 14.
Calgary put the sport away at 15:38 when Coleman buried a cross-ice set-up from Chris Tanev.
Lacking forwards Robby Fabbri and Tyler Bertuzzi, the Pink Wings have been down two of their top-four aim scorers. The 41 mixed objectives from Bertuzzi (24) and Fabbri (17) account for almost 1 / 4 of the group’s 167 objectives.
Fabbri suffered a season-ending knee harm on Thursday evening towards Minnesota. Bertuzzi, who is just not vaccinated towards COVID-19, is unable to cross the border into Canada so didn’t accompany the group for this three-game highway journey that additionally contains stops in Edmonton and Vancouver.
That lacking offensive punch was evident all through the primary 40 minutes as Detroit struggled to generate any offensive strain in any respect. It took till 16:51 of the second interval on the Pink Wings’ fifth shot – an opportunity for Givani Smith together with the web – to lastly register a shot inside 40 toes.