Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Hoglander (right) fights for the puck in front of Calgary Flames goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom (center), and Mark Giordano (Jeff McIntosh / CP)

CALGARY – Jacob Markstrom’s 32-point shutout against his former club spurred the Calgary Flames to a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday

Sean Monahan, Dillon Dube and Matthew Tkachuk scored in their home game in Calgary, the first NHL game for Scotiabank Saddledome since Aug. March 2020, over a period of 10 months and eight days power play goals

Canada’s NHL clubs are playing in empty arenas to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus

Flames Off-Season Acquisitions Markstrom, defenseman Chris Tanev and forward Josh Leivo faced their former Canucks teammates on Saturday

Markstrom played a total of 243 regular season and playoff games for Vancouver, while Tanev 10 seasons and Leivo played his last two for the Canuck

Both Markstrom and Tanev made life difficult for their former club Tanev led the Flames in blocked shots with seven, including three when Calgary was understaffed

Tkachuk had time to backhand to be the forehand when Johnny Gaudreau rebounded against Holtby’s outstretched right pad at 3:16 p.m. of the third period

Andrew Mangiapane sent a backhand feed over the high slot behind his back so Dube could shoot over Holtby’s shoulder at 4:22 pm

The hosts killed a two-man advantage from Canucks for 81 seconds in the opening phase. Markstrom averted three shots and Tanev blocked two attempts

The Canucks (1-2-0) played their third street game in four nights to kick off the regular season, playing again on Monday in Calgary before returning to Vancouver

Calgary (1-0-1) has a gentler start to the regular season with a five-day break after the rematch on Monday

The Flames paid tribute to the 11 March deceased team president Ken King and Calgary Police Service Sgt Andrew Harnett, who was killed while working on New Year’s Eve

Notes: Flames goalkeeper David Rittich got dressed on Saturday after sitting at the season opener due to family problems. Off-season acquisition Dominik Simon made his Flames debut on Saturday. Calgary has been 9-8-3 in home openings since the turn of the century / p>

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