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Solid Markstrom helps Flames burn Senators 5-1


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Calgary Flames’ Jonathan Huberdeau, left, scores on Ottawa Senators goalie Kevin Mandolese during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary on Sunday March 12, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

By Darren Haynes in Calgary

Elias Lindholm scored the game-winner and added an assist and Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-1 victory on Sunday night over the Ottawa Senators.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Rasmus Andersson also had a goal and an assist for Calgary (30-24-13) while Noah Hanifin and Trevor Lewis also scored. Mikael Backlund and Nazem Kadri each chipped in a pair of helpers.

The Flames remain six points back of the Winnipeg Jets, who won 3-2 in Tampa Bay, for the second wild-card playoff berth in the NHL’s Western Conference.

Tim Stutzle had the lone goal for Ottawa (33-29-4), which has lost three of its first four on a five-game road trip.

The Senators are six points out of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, which is occupied by the New York Islanders.

Markstrom was excellent in his sixth straight start to improve to 18-18-8.

Kevin Mandolese, in his third career start, finished with 35 stops. He falls to 1-2-0. The 22-year-old is up with the NHL club due to injuries to Cam Talbot and Anton Forsberg.

Down 2-0 after the first period, Ottawa cut the deficit in half at 5:55 of the second capitalizing on a misplay between Markstrom and Backlund.

Going behind the net to play a loose puck, Markstrom passed it out to Backlund, who in attempting to shoot the puck around the back of the net hit Markstrom’s pad instead. The puck bounced right to Stutzle who shot it into the vacated net for his team-leading 32nd goal of the season.

It took only 68 seconds for Calgary to restore its two-goal cushion with Kadri firing a rising shot toward the net that Huberdeau deflected out of mid-air and past Mandolese for his 13th goal.

The Flames went ahead 4-1 at 13:08 of the second when Huberdeau and Kadri combined to set up Hanifin jumping up into the rush and he zipped a perfect shot inside the far goalpost.

It was an eventful first period.

Four minutes after Tyler Toffoli’s goal that would have made it 1-0 was called back when Ottawa challenged it for being offside, Calgary scored again short-handed and this one counted.

After corralling a cross-ice pass from Lindholm, Backlund showed great poise in waiting for Andersson to join the attack then sent a backhand pass to the defenceman who wired a one-timer under the crossbar at 12:09.

Those same three Swedes combined on the second goal, too, this time on the power play.

At 18:26, Andersson sent a pass to Backlund in the corner and he threaded a pass through the crease to an uncovered Lindholm at the side of the crease who one-timed his 19th goal of the season in the open side.

While Calgary was unlucky to not score more in the first period, hitting the goalpost or crossbar three times in the opening 10 minutes, the Flames were also fortunate to have not been scored on with Markstrom coming up with some clutch saves.

His two best stops came a minute apart with Calgary holding a 1-0 lead at the time. First he denied Julien Gauthier after he dashed in on a breakaway after a Jakob Pelletier turnover.

Next, it was MacKenzie Weegar’s errant pass in his own end that was intercepted by Shane Pinto who quickly sent Drake Batherson in alone, but Markstrom kicked out his pad to thwart him.

Ottawa lost left-winger Mathieu Joseph to a lower-body injury in the first period. Going down awkwardly on a play in which Toffoli was penalized for cross-checking, Joseph, in obvious pain, punched the boards immediately after before being helped off the ice.


Lindholm’s 19th goal of the season was the 200th of his career with 136 coming as a member of the Flames. He’s fourth for most goals by a Swede in franchise history behind Kent Nilsson (229), Hakan Loob (193) and Backlund (180).


The Senators went 0-for-4 with the man advantage and have now gone six games without a power-play goal, going 0-for-20 over that span.


Senators: Wrap up their five-game road in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Flames: Open up a two-game road trip in Arizona on Tuesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 12, 2023.


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‘Always remember’: Funeral held for 2 Edmonton police officers killed on duty

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A sheriff salutes during a procession for Edmonton Police Service Const. Travis Jordan and Const. Brett Ryan in Edmonton on Monday, March 27, 2023. The officers were killed in the line of duty on March 16, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

By Ritika Dubey and Angela Amato in Edmonton

Two police officers killed in the line of duty were honoured Monday at a regimental funeral with tears and tales of off-key crooning, birdies and beers, laughs and contagious joy.

Thousands of officers gathered with family members to say a formal goodbye to Edmonton police Const. Travis Jordan, 35, and Const. Brett Ryan, 30, at Rogers Place arena, the home area of the Edmonton Oilers.

“I’ll remember his smile, his wheezy laugh — we’ve been told we laugh the exact same way. I will always remember how excited he was when Brett found out he was going to be a dad, and I know that is one memory I will never lose,” Ryan’s pregnant widow, Ashley, said in her eulogy.

“You will live on in baby Ryan and they will know every last detail about how special you were to so many people and, most importantly, to me. I love you forever. I’ll miss you always.”

Jordan’s widow, Annie, stood silently beside police chaplain Roy Langer as he read her parting words.

“We didn’t have one hard day in 11 years,” she said through Langer.

“The world was really ours. We had already started leaving our mark in some many different places.”

The officers were shot at multiple times while responding to a family dispute on March 16. Police said the shooter, 16, then shot and wounded his mother during a struggle for the gun, before shooting and killing himself.

Jordan was remembered by colleagues as a valued officer of almost nine years, working to join the tactical squad. He came to Edmonton from Nova Scotia so he could realize his childhood dream of becoming an officer.

Sgt. Perry Getzinger and Sgt. Chris Gallahger remembered Jordan, or T.J., as a “great dog dad” to canines Teddy and B.J.

They recalled an excellent, ultracompetitive golfer who will live on in happy memories of lost balls and fairway trash talk from their “Birdies and Beers” golf trip.

Brodie Sampson, a childhood friend, said people who knew Jordan “were able to experience (his) kindness, contagious joy and unparalleled positivity even in the face of hardships.”

“(It) gets us through these hard times now,” he added.

Ryan, born in Edmonton, had more than five years’ service with the force after working as a paramedic.

Ashley Ryan recalled life with the man with “a crooked little grin,” who got up in the morning to have coffee and read the news in his fuzzy slippers, “because he was such an old man at heart.”

Her husband, she said, loved skydiving, baseball and their dogs, even the one who chewed up their couch.

Garett Ryan said his older brother loved trips to Las Vegas and Mexico, eating donairs and Baconator burgers. He remembered driving around with his brother, windows down belting out Kenny Chesney country music songs.

“I often called him my big little brother because that’s how much I looked up to him.”

The caskets were brought to Rogers Place in two hearses that inched their way through the downtown from the legislature under bright sun amid chill winds. They were followed by officers from across the country.

They marched eight abreast, arms swinging amid the pipes and drums of interspersed marching bands while onlookers lined the streets. Some held up placards with painted blue hearts, others placed their right hands over their hearts.

“We’re here to support all of the first responders but in particular our son, who is a police officer with Calgary Police Services,” said Jim Funk, who attended the procession with wife, Chris.

“We feel so sad, especially for the families of the two officers, but that extends out to the whole first responder family nationwide.”

Said Chris Funk: “It’s probably the worst nightmare families can experience.”

Two caskets, each draped in a Canadian flag, were carried into the arena on the shoulders of Edmonton police pallbearers.

The service was not open to the public but was livestreamed and broadcast outdoors at the Ice Plaza next to Rogers Place.

Dozens shivered in the cold to watch, including 15-year-old Charlie Dennis, whose father is an Edmonton officer.

“It’s nice to know that there are people around that would care and would show up,” she said.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and have said the same gun was used days earlier at a nearby Pizza Hut, leaving a man injured.

Police had also been called to the teen shooter’s home in November, apprehending him under the Mental Health Act before taking him to hospital for an assessment.

The day of the shooting, the boy’s mother called saying she was having trouble with her son. Police said there was no indication he had a gun or that the officers were walking into a high-risk or dangerous situation.

There have been 10 officers killed in the line of duty in Edmonton.

The most recent previous death was of Const. Daniel Woodall, who was shot in 2015 trying to enter the house of a suspect wanted for criminal harassment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2023.

— With files from Dean Bennett

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Japan to resume imports of Canadian processed beef, 20 years after mad cow disease

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OTTAWA — Japan is lifting the last of its restrictions against Canadian beef, 20 years after BSE, often called mad cow disease, devastated this country’s cattle industry. 

The federal government says Japan is reopening its doors to processed beef and beef patties from Canada.

The move puts an end to the market access barriers Japan put in place in 2003, after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, was discovered in Alberta.

While Japan initially shut its border to all Canadian beef, it has been lifting restrictions in stages over the years, most recently with its 2019 decision to begin accepting Canadian beef from cattle older than 30 months of age.

The federal government says Japan is now Canada’s second-largest market for beef, with exports worth $518 million in 2022.

Around 40 countries closed their borders to Canadian beef during the height of the 2003 BSE crisis, resulting in billions of dollars in losses for the industry.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2023.

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