Goaltenders shine in Buffalo Sabers’ 1-0 win over Calgary Flames – Calgary

Tage Thompson scored the overtime winner and Dustin Tokarski made 24 saves as the Buffalo Sabers won 1-0 on Friday night Calgary Flames.

Buffalo (21-33-8) has split the first two games of his road trip through western Canada, which ends Sunday night in Vancouver.

It’s a rarely lost point on home ice for Calgary (37-16-8), who have been 15-1-2 in the Saddledome for their last 18 games.

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It’s the second retirement for Tokarski and the first since 2013-14 with the Montreal Canadiens. He improves to 6-9-4.

Buffalo Sabers goaltender Dustin Tokarski, left, robs Calgary Flames’ Calle Jarnkrok during second round NHL hockey action in Calgary, Friday, March 18, 2022.

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Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves in the loss. He falls on 29-11-7.

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After a brilliant game, it was Markstrom’s error on the winning goal. He charged out of the net to clear a puck that had been shot off the sideboards, but puffed at it as he tried to scoot to safety and Thompson was there immediately to lock him up and shoot into the empty net.

The 24 shots was a season low for the Flames, who lead the Pacific Division.

After a lackluster first period, in which the teams combined just 13 shots and few dangerous chances, things opened up a bit in the second period, but both goalies stood tall.

The save of the evening and a contender for saving the season was a stellar performance from Tokarski, who dove over the crease to take away what appeared to be a safe goal for Calle Jarnkrok after being set up for an empty net by a perfect pass from Andrew Mangiapane.

Jarnkrok made his Flames debut after the 30-year-old Swede was acquired by the Seattle Kraken for three draft picks on Wednesday. He centered a line with Mangiapane and Tyler Toffoli, acquired February 14.

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While Calgary had the best scoring chance of the second game, Buffalo had the greater number of dangerous chances, but Markstrom blocked them all, including a barrage of dangerous chances within seven minutes.

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First, he sidestepped Jeff Skinner on a backhander as he drove to the net.

Shortly after, Markstrom went from post to post to stop defender Samuelsson, who had jumped up and got a perfect cross-ice pass from Zemgus Girgensons.

Shortly thereafter, Vinnie Hinostroza found himself alone in the front, but was unable to convert the centering pass.

Dylan Couzens followed, entering alone with a breakaway, but Markstrom made another pad stop.

The two best chances of the third period went to Calgary.

Eleven minutes later, Johnny Gaudreau spotted Chris Tanev sneaking up from the point and hit him with a diagonal pass, but Tokarski acrobatically came over to rob the Flames defender.

With four minutes to go on the third lap, Matthew Tkachuk passed Gaudreau with a breakaway, but he shot over the net.

It was another strong night for Calgary’s penalty shootout. The Flames went into the night with the fourth-best penalty in the league, but home first, where they are 76-for-81 for the season after a three-for-three night at the Saddledome.

The Flames only had one power play and 30 seconds went into play.

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