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Flames finish perfect road trip, move to first place in Western Conference

Jacob Markstrom pitches second shutout in 3 starts

Calgary Flames v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

Scoring

1st

7:22- CGY Gaudreau (1) (Tkachuk [2])

2nd

No Scoring

3rd

1:04- CGY Coleman (3) (Kylington [2], Backlund [2])

10:15- CGY Dube (1) (Gaudreau [9], Kylington [3])

11:44- CGY Lucic (2) (N/A)

Game Notes

-4 Lines Indeed: All 4 forward lines recorded a goal (even if it was Gaudreau who set up Dillon Dube for his) and every single forward played between 11 and 19 minutes.

-Speaking of 4...: Mikael Backlund recorded his 400th career point on his faceoff win that lead to Blake Coleman’s goal, just 3 days after teammate Gaudreau notched point 500.

-Johnny Appleseed: Even though he managed to perfectly beam his first of the season over Casey DeSmith’s glove for the game’s long standing lone goal, Gaudreau managed to find time to record his 9th assist (and 8th primary) and bring his season point total to 10 in just 7 games.

-LOOOOCH: The o’s in Milan’s name must represent the five-hole, as the hulking forward has exploited it perfectly on goals in back to back games.

-A-OK: Oliver Kylington’s superb season continued, as he didn’t miss a stride with a substantially weaker partner in Michael Stone, who looked good in his season debut. He was rewarded with two assists, and now has 3 points in his last 2 games.

-Unbeatable?: Jacob Markstrom allowed just a singular goal in 3 starts on this road trip, which included his second shutout tonight. His 45 saves brought his total to 106, on 107 shots in 3 games. He now sports a 1.59 GAA and .952 SV% in 5 starts.

-Sutter Hockey is Good Hockey: The Flames finish the road trip truly as near to perfection as one team can get. They go 5-0-0, did not trail for a single minute, posted 2 shutouts, scored first in every single game, the penalty kill gave up a single goal, while the powerplay is in the top 5 league wide.