Markstrom, Flames shut out Penguins, sweep five-game road trip


PITTSBURGH — Jacob Markstrom made 45 saves to help the Calgary Flames sweep a five-game road trip with a 4-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.

The shutout was Markstrom’s second in his past three starts and 10th in 304 NHL starts. He has allowed one goal on 107 shots since Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jamie Drysdale scored against him in overtime Oct. 18 in a 3-2 loss at home.

Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist for the Flames (5-1-1), who outscored their opponents 21-7 on the trip.

Casey DeSmith made 31 saves for the Penguins (3-2-2), who have been outscored 9-1 the past two games after starting the season on a five-game point streak.

Gaudreau put Calgary ahead 1-0 with his first goal of the season at 7:22 of the first period. After tipping a loose puck past Pittsburgh defenseman John Marino, Gaudreau carried it through the neutral zone to the left face-off circle for wrist shot to the far side.

Gaudreau, who entered with eight assists, extended his point streak to six games.

Pittsburgh had one shot on goal during a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 1:41. Calgary then successfully killed the remaining 2:19 of a four-minute double minor to Erik Gudbranson for high-sticking at 12:34 of the first, preserving the one-goal lead.

Drew O’Connor nearly tied it when the puck came to him to the left of the net for a wrist shot. Scrambling outside of the crease, Markstrom lunged back to make the save with the blade of his stick at 5:24 of the second period.

Blake Coleman scored for the second time in three games, making it 2-0 with a one-timer from the point at 1:04 of the third period.

Dillon Dube extended the lead to 3-0 by taking a pass from Gaudreau and scoring on a wrist shot from the right circle at 10:15.

Milan Lucic scored through the five-hole for the 4-0 final at 11:44.

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