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NHL: Markstrom makes statement for Flames

Coach Darrly Sutter said netminder Jacob Markstrom made a statement by shutting out the Vegas Golden Knights in a 6-0 win for the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

Calgary, 17/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, enjoyed 28-saves from the 32-year-old to close the gap between the fourth-placed Flames and the Pacific leading Golden Knights to five points, with the Flames having five games in hand.

Chasing the top two hard

They are one point behind Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, who are tied for second in the Division, also with four and five games in hand, respectively. By point percentage, the Flames boast the Division's best record.

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For Markstrom, the shut-out was his eighth of the season which leads the NHL. In 34 games this season, the Swede has recorded 18 victories with a .925 save-percentage and 2.13 goals-against-average (GAA).

Miikka Kiprusoff holds the Flames record for shut-outs in a season with 10, set in 74 games in 2005/06.

Long-term signing

Markstrom is in a second season of a six-year deal with Calgary, who signed him from the Vancouver Canucks.

In 349 regular season appearances in the NHL with the Flames, Canucks and Florida Panthers, who drafted him in 2008 with the first pick of the second-round, Markstrom has 150 wins with a .911 save-percentage and 2.72 GAA.

Sutter said to the media after the win over Vegas: "Jacob Markstrom statement game. It's really about a 6-5 game."

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