Markstrom needs to be better — but so does the Flames team in front of him

CALGARY — In the first round he was taken for granted.

In the second round some suggest he’s been taken to the cleaners.

In both cases, the narrative surrounding Jacob Markstrom has been grossly unfair.

The Calgary Flames did not lose home-ice advantage Friday because of their netminder. But that’s life between the pipes, where fair counts as much as almost making a save.

In the opening two games against the Oilers, Markstrom has allowed 11 goals – thirteen if you buy into Jay Woodcroft’s repeated reminders two goals were called back Friday.

To put that in perspective, the Vezina Trophy finalist allowed just 11 goals in the seven-game series against Dallas.

Yet, despite leading the loop in goals-against average in the first round, Markstrom’s stellar playoff start was overshadowed by Jake Oettinger. 

Only now are people talking about Markstrom, but not the way anyone could have foreseen.

In Game 1 he let in two goals he’d like to have back, before drawing praise from teammates for preventing a seventh goal in the third period of a 9-6 win.

After Game 2 they praised him for keeping the Flames in the game, which he did with a handful of monstrous saves on Evander Kane, Zach Hyman and Kailer Yamamoto in the second period alone.

Yet, by night’s end he was unable to come up with the big stop on either Hyman or Leon Draisaitl in alone, which iced the 5-3…

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