Markstrom, Flames hand Canadiens first regulation loss with shutout


MONTREALJacob Markstrom made 37 saves for his second shutout, and the Calgary Flames ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Jake Allen made 31 saves in his first home start for Montreal (5-1-2), which lost in regulation for the first time this season.

Johnny Gaudreau scored Calgary’s 10th power-play goal in seven games at 3:34 of the first. The Flames have scored a power-play goal in every game.

Mikael Backlund scored for Calgary (3-3-1), which split the two-game set in Montreal after losing 4-2 in the Canadiens’ home opener Thursday.

Gaudreau extended his point streak to seven games when he scored from the right face-off circle to put Calgary up 1-0. 

He handled a flip pass from the left side with his left glove and dropped it to the ice before scoring on a wrist shot over Allen’s left shoulder.

Gaudreau has nine points during his streak, which is the longest by a Flames player to start a season since 2013-14, when Jiri Hudler had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in Calgary’s first nine games.

Backlund scored into an empty net to make it 2-0 with 32 seconds remaining.

Canadiens forward Josh Anderson did not finish the game.

Flames defenseman Mark Giordano played his 900th NHL game, all with Calgary. 

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