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Tkachuk scores in 4-1 loss to visiting Senators

by TY PILSON @typilson /

The visiting Ottawa Senators jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period en route to a 4-1 victory over the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome Thursday night.

Calgary fell to 17-11-6 with the loss.


Video: Brendan Parker wraps up tonight's tilt


Matthew Tkachuk was the lone goal scorer, with Johnny Gaudreau getting one of the assists.

Earlier in the day, Gaudreau was named to the roster for the upcoming all-star game in Las Vegas (more on that below).

Tkachuk, meanwhile, will be one of the players vying for a spot in the game via the Last Men In online voting (also more on that below). 

Jacob Markstrom got the start for the Flames and made 27 stops, while Matt Murray had 30 saves for the Sens. 

It was Calgary's first game at the 'Dome since way back on Dec. 11 when they fell to the Bruins.

It was just the Flames 12th home game of the season, while they've skated 22 times on the road.

The Sens got on the board quick, tallying 1:43 in on their first shot of the contest when Nick Paul beat Markstrom with a fading wrister from the high slot.

The Flames got a couple cracks to tie it up.

Murray got a piece of Gaudreau's offering with his glove on a 2-on-1 with Elias Lindholm, then later it was Dillon Dube with an incredible behind-the-back pass to Brett Ritchie on the doorstep but he couldn't beat the Ottawa 'tender.

Ottawa hemmed Calgary in their own zone with four minutes left in the first and it led to their second goal of the night, Connor Brown driving low and passing to Paul, who went forehand/backhand at a full gallop to put the puck home as he cut across the zone at 16:37.

Early in the second period, Milan Lucic looked to get his side going with a fight against Scott Sabourin, the Flames big man winning the lengthy tilt in a decided fashion, landing a boatload of big bombs.

Tkachuk came close to tying it up when he got a couple whacks at a puck that was beside the left post but Murray blocked it.

Near the midway point of the frame, the Flames had some prolonged pressure and Gaudreau skated out from behind the net and feed Oliver Kylington as he snuck in from the point all alone but Murray squeezed into the right post to deny the shortside shot. 

With 57 ticks left in the middle stanza, Drake Batherson increased the visitors' lead when his tough angle shot found a small hole over Markstrom's shoulder.

Tkachuk showed off his sweet hands by cutting through the slot and tipping a Chris Tanev shot past Murray at 47 seconds into the third period.

Eight of of his 16 goals have come on 'Dome ice this year.


Video: OTT@CGY: Tkachuk roofs Tanev's blue line shot


Brown restored the three-goal cushion on a breakaway at 4:52, snapping a low shot five-hole to round out the scoring.



Shots: CGY 28, OTT 34

Powerplay: CGY 0-1, OTT 0-3

Hits: CGY 17, OTT 12

Face-offs: CGY 51%, OTT 49%

*Scoring chances: CGY 29, OTT 25

*High-danger scoring chances: CGY 11, OTT 10

*According of Natural Stat Trick (5-on-5)



As mentioned above, Gaudreau was named an all-star today. Click here for all the details... Make sure to vote for Chucky  so he can join Johnny in Vegas. Click here ... This is the second and final matchup this season between the Flames and Senators. These two teams last played on Nov. 14, 2021 where the Flames shut out the Senators 4-0 in Ottawa ... The Flames are now 4-5-1 against the Atlantic Division and 12-5-3 against Eastern Conference opponents ... Andrew Mangiapane is two points shy of 100 for his career.


Video: Gaudreau named to NHL All-Star Game




Tweet from @NHLFlames: Johnny All-Star and the boys, getting us started against the Sens 🔥#Flames | @Schneiders


Trios and D-pairings to start the tilt:


Johnny Gaudreau - Elias Lindholm - Matthew Tkachuk

Blake Coleman - Mikael Backlund - Tyler Pitlick

Andrew Mangiapane - Dillon Dube - Brett Ritchie

Milan Lucic - Sean Monahan - Trevor Lewis



Oliver Kylington - Christopher Tanev

Noah Hanifin - Rasmus Andersson

Nikita Zadorov - Erik Gudbranson



Jacob Markstrom - starter

Dan Vladar



The Flames host Aleksander Barkov, Sam Bennett and the Florida Panthers next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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