Johnny Gaudreau scored his first goal of the pre-season and added an assist Friday to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Matthew Tkachuk also had a goal and an assist in Calgary’s first pre-season victory. Mikael Backlund and Brett Ritchie, into an empty net, also scored. The Flames started the pre-season 0-2-1.
Jonah Gadjovich scored the lone goal for the Canucks, who dropped to 1-2-0.
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Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom got his first pre-season start and turned aside 14 of 15 shots over two periods. Dustin Wolf made seven saves in the third.
Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko went the distance in his first pre-season appearance and stopped 27 shots.
Calgary’s offence generated far more scoring chances than it did in three previous games.
Gaudreau took advantage of a late line-up change which dropped Blake Coleman from the game roster. The vacancy resulted in Gaudreau shifting to a line alongside Elias Lindholm and Tkachuk.
Gaudreau scored the game’s first goal at 15:18 completing a slick tic-tac-toe cross-ice passing sequence with Lindholm and Tkachuk. Gaudreau capped it off neatly by firing a shot under the cross bar as Demko lunged across the crease.
Calgary led 2-0 at 3:30 of the second period on Backlund’s second pre-season goal.
The sequence began with a heavy hit by Flames defenceman Nikita Zadorov who lowered the shoulder on Jason Dickinson as he tried to skate the puck out of the Canucks’ end.
While Luke Schenn and Zack MacEwen immediately came to over to defend Dickenson, play continued and Backlund made the most of the open ice by getting the loose puck and firing a shot past Demko.
Gadjovich’s deflection two minutes later cut the lead in half, but Tkachuk restored the two-goal cushion 6:54 into the third. He neatly deflected Connor Mackey’s centering pass over Demko’s shoulder. Gaudreau had the second assist.
Just before Tkachuk’s goal, he sent Gaudreau in alone only to be denied by Demko on another scoring chance for the veteran left-winger, who is entering the final season of his six-year contract.
Seattle 2, Edmonton 1 (OT)
At Everett, Wash., Jared McCann scored the game-winning goal, on the power play in overtime, as the Seattle Kraken edged the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday night.
McCann’s far-corner snipe from the right faceoff circle came at 3:02 of overtime, as Seattle rallied to beat Edmonton.
Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Kraken (3-1), which trailed heading 1-0 heading into the third. Schwartz’s goal, his third of the preseason, came at 19:02.
Former Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano had helpers on both Seattle goals.
Brendan Perlini, with his fourth of the season at 5:14 of the second, replied for Edmonton (2-2).
Stuart Skinner stopped 39 of 41 shots for Edmonton, while Philipp Grubauer (16-17) and Joey Daccord (9-9) split goaltending duties for Seattle.
The game was played in Angel of the Winds Arena, home of the WHL’s Everett Silvertips.
Edmonton’s scratches for the game included Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Duncan Keith, Kris Russell, Kyle Turris, Darnell Nurse and Jesse Puljujarvi.
On Saturday, the Kraken host the Calgary Flames, with the game taking place in Kent, Wash., home of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.