Jacob Markstrom faced down his old team on Saturday night and picked up a 3-0 shutout win over the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks threw 32 shots at their former friend and teammate, and Markstrom stopped all of them.
Markstrom’s performance in this game was a huge improvement over his performance during the Flames’ season opener against the Winnipeg Jets. In that game, he allowed four goals and finished with a .882 save percentage. That’s not very Markstrom-like at all. Now he’ll look to keep his personal momentum going, and he’ll face an important rematch against the Canucks on Monday evening.
Markstrom’s Seven Years in Vancouver Counts for Something
Markstrom spent his last seven seasons with the Canucks, and was a popular teammate when he was there. This was his first game – of many coming – against the old team. It was one to remember. His sixth career shutout, and it seemed easy.
Markstrom’s already one of the best goalies in the NHL right now, and even came in fourth in Vezina Trophy voting last season. How will he do this season? If he plays like he did last night – and the team plays in front of him like they did – he’ll do just fine thanks.
How Did It Feel to Go Against His Old Team?
When Markstrom was asked how it felt to have a shutout against his old team and hugs from his new team, his response seemed a bit ambivalent: “I don’t know. It’s been weird. You knew this game was going to come up, and you know you’re good friends with most of the other guys.”
In the video below, you can hear the interview with Markstrom about how the new Flames’ goalie felt to shut out his former team in the Flames’ home opener.
Before and During the Game, What Was Markstrom Feeling?
Markstrom noted that, “Before the game and during the game, I just tried to stay as focused as possible.”
He also added that, during the game, he tried to “focus on the puck and not the player.”
When speaking about his new team, he commended the guys in front of him: “I can’t give the players enough credit on special teams.”
He noted how well his team had played in front of him in the 3 on 5 and 4 on 5 situations and thought they did well when they scored the power play goals.
Markstrom Will Be Ready for a Quick Turnaround
His final thought was that “It was a great team win today.” When the interviewer noted that, from his perspective, it seemed like a total buy-in from the Flames, Markstrom agreed. He noted that “We weren’t happy with the 60-minute performance we had in Winnipeg,” but he thought “today we responded like good teams should do.”
Markstrom then noted, “It’s going to be a quick turnaround. We’ll be playing these guys in two days so enjoy this one tonight and then it’s (time to) get prepared again tomorrow.”
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