Maybe there will come a time when the Calgary Flames have to deal with the negative side of having young players in the lineup.
But so far, it’s all been sunshine and rainbows with Connor Zary and Martin Pospisil.
Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but following another strong performance from the two rookies in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal, the kids are making their impact felt in a major way.
On Tuesday, the 22-year-old Zary had a goal and an assist. He’s now got six points in six games with the Flames.
Pospisil, 23, added an assist of his own, bringing his total to four points in five games at the NHL level.
They were skating on either side of Nazem Kadri against the Habs, and the Flames centre added a highlight-reel goal, too.
For a team that’s had trouble scoring at times this season, that production is exactly what they need.
And alongside an exceptional performance in net from Jacob Markstrom, who stopped 33-of-34 shots, the play of the Zary-Kadri-Pospisil line saw the Flames earn an impressive win that improved their record on their three-game swing through Ontario and Quebec to 1-1-1.
It’s commonly said that if you get the same number of points on a trip as the number of games you played, that’s a success, so the Flames will likely be feeling OK about themselves as they return to Calgary ahead of Thursday’s home date with the Vancouver Canucks.
It hasn’t been smooth sailing to start the 2023-24 season, but since Zary joined the lineup, the Flames have gone 3-2-1. They were 2-6-0 in their eight games before he was called up from their AHL affiliate, the Calgary Wranglers.
For now, the impact of both Zary and Pospisil is hard to deny.
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