SNAPSHOTS: Empty Flames Rangers in 6-0 shellacking, extend point streak to 10 games

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There were roars, there always are, when the locals scored. And the Calgary Flames did a lot of that en route to Saturday’s 6-0 scraping against the visiting New York Rangers.

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Boos, however, were even more common at one of the most electric and entertaining parties at the Saddledome in a long time.

Every time Rangers defenseman Adam Fox touched the puck, a loud crowd let him have it. The reigning Norris Trophy winner got just one cheer – when his potential first-half tally, which he celebrated by raising his hand to ear in a wake-up call to critics, was refused after an offside challenge.

“I thought the atmosphere was great,” said Flames assistant captain Matthew Tkachuk, who led the offensive charge with a breathtaking goal and three assists. “Obviously there was a lot of booing on the other side, but overall (the fans) were great for us. They were very interested. And when they’re really in it like that, it seems to give us tons of momentum and we can build on that.

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“We know which buildings are really loud and difficult to play. And it was a very difficult building to play tonight. I’m sure you can ask all of them out there.

Tougher on Fox than the rest of the residents outside.

The rear of the stud, if you don’t know the story, was drafted by the Flames but was never adapted for the club.

While the Saddledome brass had no doubts that their 2016 third-round pick had a bright future, he was ultimately traded amid fears of never signing to Calgary, choosing instead to end his college career at Harvard and bolt. as an unrestricted free agent. Hailing from Jericho, NY, it was no secret that he dreamed of playing on Broadway. (Fox was included in the blockbuster swap with the Carolina Hurricanes that landed Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin, the two centerpieces, in Calgary. So it didn’t go so badly. eventually transferred to the Big Apple.)

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Fox, now 23, got his wish and the Rangers had one hell of a player. But that night, only his second career visit to the Saddledome and the first since winning a Norris Trophy last season, he received a rude reception.

The C in red was relentless – and that’s a compliment – in their taunts of the boy wearing the # 23 in white. There were even several “Fox, You Suck!” »Sings.

The heckling and yelling and the accompanying hostility can sometimes fade if the home team doesn’t do their part to keep morale up and beer sales brisk, but that was not a problem during the test. Saturday force.

The Flames are now on a 10-game streak with at least one point, although there weren’t as many smiles after the back-to-back overtime losses earlier in the week. They now have an overall record of 7-1-3.

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Sean Monahan conceded a save on the power play in Saturday’s opening stanza – Tkachuk and Lindholm both made terrific assists in that streak – and thanks to a 22-save performance from Jacob Markstrom , who emerged as the winner of the match.

With five minutes to go, Tkachuk made it a night to remember with a stick beauty between his legs. He couldn’t wipe the smile off his face afterward, and we can’t blame him.

“I didn’t really think about it, it just happened,” Tkachuk said of the direct snipe. “I was just in an awkward position there, backing up towards the goalie, and I couldn’t really stop my momentum. So I thought that was the best way to go. Luckily it worked, but it was the sixth goal, so I guess it didn’t really matter. But still fun to see him go into the net.

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Between the winner of Monahan and the wonder of Tkachuk, Brad Richardson scored his first in the Flaming C logo, Johnny Gaudreau pocketed a pair and Milan Lucic added one of his own.

AROUND THE BOARDS

Fox ended the night with a minus-2, two shots and two giveaways in a 24:31 ice time high… Markstrom now has four shutouts this season, already a new career high. There are 71 games left. “I think that says a lot more about the team and how we really play defensively,” protested Markstrom. There is some truth to it, but the 31-year-old puck keeper was superb as well. His job on Saturday included a gorgeous glove stop on Ryan Strome and a point-blank flight from Mika Zibanejad. “I think the most important thing when you talk about shutouts is to clean up around the net,” Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. “Controlling rebounds and whistles, things like that, are just as important as saves. That’s what it’s all about, and that’s why he got really good “… Markstrom’s knee hitter, asked about Tkachuk’s goal:” He does all that kind of stuff too in training. This never works in practice, however. After the laughter stopped, Markstrom loomed over what was a noisy ice rink. “It’s great to involve the crowd,” he said. “We have way too many overtime losses here at home and we really, really needed a win and to rock the Saddledome a bit and get the fans involved. Great to do it on Saturday night. It was fun ”… There were moments of nervousness when half-dozen Oliver Kylington – the Flames’ biggest surprise so far this season – headed for the locker room after being rubbed against the post in the during the second period. The 24-year-old returned minutes later and extended his point streak to six when Richardson buried his rebound on the backboards… Like Kylington, Tkachuk has now hit the scoresheet in six straight games. “Give him all the marks tonight because his line struggled in the last game and he faced him tonight and he carried the line for sure,” Sutter said.

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Riley Fiddler-Schultz of the Calgary Hitmen will collect donations Sunday for the Calgary Veterans Food Bank at Safeway Beltline on Sunday, November 7, 2021.
Riley Fiddler-Schultz of the Calgary Hitmen will collect donations Sunday for the Calgary Veterans Food Bank at Safeway Beltline on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Photo by Candice Ward photo /Calgary hitmen

OUT OF THE GLASS

Gaudreau rose to ninth overall in the Flames franchise with 508 career points. He has just overtaken his compatriot left winger Gary Roberts (505) and will soon catch up with former captain Mark Giordano (509)… The agricultural club also continues to roll. With Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Abbotsford Canucks, the AHL’s Stockton Heat went 7-0-1 this season… Cory Sarich delivered a dandy one-liner at the in-house intermission show at the Saddledome. After showing a replay of an accidental collision between Ranger teammates Filip Chytil and Sammy Blais, Sarich joked, “They probably should have done this last night against McDavid.” Zing… The Flames will end this five-game home game with Tuesday’s game with the San Jose Sharks (7 p.m., Sportsnet One / Sportsnet 960 The Fan), then pack their bags for a seven-game getaway… Calgary Hitmen elite Riley Fiddler-Schultz, fresh off his first major-junior hat-trick, is looking for an assist from you. The 19-year-old forward and 2020 WHL Humanitarian of the Year award winner will raise donations for the Veterans Food Bank of Calgary on Sunday. Stop at the Safeway Beltline, located on 11 Ave. SW, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to help Fiddler-Schultz fill a Ford – literally – for an important cause.

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