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Jacob Markström sets new single-season career high with fourth shutout in just nine games

Jacob Markström is playing Vezina Trophy-calibre hockey early in the 2021–22 season.

The big Swede picked up his fourth shutout of the year (in only his ninth start) during the Calgary Flames’ commanding 6-0 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night, stopping all 22 shots he faced in the victory.

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Markström’s previous career-best mark for shutouts in a season was three, which he achieved in 43 games during the 2020–21 campaign. The product of Gävle, Sweden now has a 5-1-3 record this season to go along with a .943 save percentage.

His best sequence arguably came less than a minute into the third period, when he denied Adam Fox and Ryan Strome with back-to-back glove saves in the span of only a couple seconds. Here’s the video, as posted to Twitter by Taranjot Vining:

Markström made another big glove save late in the third period to deny countryman Mika Zibanejad on a cross-crease opportunity.

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Johnny Gaudreau scored twice for the Flames in the win, with Sean Monahan, Brad Richardson, Milan Lucic, and Matthew Tkachuk also adding goals to help the Flames extend their point streak to 10 games.

Now at 7-1-3 on the season, Calgary will return to action at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Nov. 9 for a Pacific Division clash with the 6-4-1 San Jose Sharks.