One thing the Vancouver Canucks learned about Jacob Markstrom is that he operates at peak efficiency when he gets regular rest.
The Calgary Flames, on the other hand, apparently never received their Markstrom owners manual. Instead, they’ve redlined Markstrom right from opening night, giving him 14 of the team’s 16 starts.
The earliest sign that Markstrom was on tilt was when Höglander sent Tanner Pearson in on a breakaway with a nifty bank pass. Instead of staying back, Markstrom came charging out like Dominik Hasek on Marian Gaborik, sending both Pearson and the puck flying. Unlike Hasek, who got a tripping penalty, Markstrom was actually credited with a hit. After the collision, Pearson could be seen on the bench and was pretty clearly shouting at Markstrom, “I hope that hurt!”
Look Calgary, here’s some friendly advice. Markstrom is a great goaltender, but you’ve got him signed for six years. Don’t wear him out in the first season. Pace yourself, give your backup a few more starts, and let Markstrom have a nap now and then. He’s yours now — be good to him.
✏️: Daniel Wagner [x]
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The most incredible thing about this one is that Höglander pulled it off while in full stride. “He didn’t do the one where you go behind the net, stop and then scoop it, he literally picked it up while skating like Sid did back in the day with Rimouski. That’s what we were talking about the other day like I wouldn’t even think about doing that move behind the net, no chance,” Pearson said while laughing.
If there’s one player on the Canucks who you know is itching to pull off a lacrosse goal of his own, it’s definitely Dekey Pete. Pettersson works on the move for fun on occasion and he made a valiant attempt in a home game against the Panthers in late October.
“I tried it once and I didn’t get the puck up on the stick,” Pettersson said. “It’s a move I feel I can do, I’ll probably try it next time I get a chance so we’ll see. Those chances when you have time with the puck coming around the net doesn’t happen that often. But, of course, if I ever pull it off I’m going to be really happy.”
✏️ : Harman Dayal (Dec 29, 2019) [x]
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