Johnny Gaudreau accompanies Calgary Flames to defeat Winnipeg Jets

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Johnny Gaudreau accompanies Calgary Flames to defeat Winnipeg Jets


CALGARY – Johnny Gaudreau responded to a beard from his coach with a pair of assists for the Calgary Flames in a 4-2 win on Saturday over the visiting Winnipeg Jets.
Josh Leivo, Mark Giordano, Andrew Mangiapane and Sam Bennett scored for Calgary (16-17-3), ending a four-game losing streak.

Gaudreau, who had scored two goals in nine games before Saturday, produced his first multipoint game in a month in his 500th career NHL game.

On Saturday morning, following a 3-2 loss to the Jets the night before, Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said: “I hope he has more energy than his 499th game ”.

“I heard it,” Gaudreau said after the game on Saturday. “I haven’t given it much thought. I’ve been playing hockey for 24, 25 years. I know when I haven’t played well and I know when I have played well.

“Personally, it’s going up and down throughout this season. Obviously I can’t find the net sometimes and stuff like that. I try to work as hard as possible every night for the 23 guys in this locker room.

“I played for a long time with a lot of these guys in this dressing room. I’m sure a lot of them are really happy for me after tonight. ”

Calgary is 5-5 since Sutter became head coach on March 8.

Gaudreau’s 17 minutes five seconds of ice time placed second among the Flames forwards behind 19:56 Elias Lindholm.

“I thought his pace was better,” Sutter said of Gaudreau’s performance. “Honestly, it was his best game since I joined the team.

“He’s an elite level player in this league so he has to try to have his best game every game for us. ”

Jets defenseman Logan Stanley scored his first career NHL goal and Mason Appleton also scored for Winnipeg (21-12-2), which trailed the Toronto Maple Leafs to the top of the North Division by two points.

In their fourth games in six days, both clubs started their substitute goalkeepers. Calgary’s David Rittich made 22 saves for the win, while his Winnipeg counterpart Laurent Brossoit refused 29 of 33 shots.

Calgary is back at home in Winnipeg on Monday for a third meeting in four days. The Jets lead the 10-game 4-2-1 season series.

Brossoit misplayed Bennett’s shot and threw the puck into his own net with his stick at 7:48 of the third period.

“You learn over time that these guys are really proud professional athletes,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice.

“You wouldn’t say anything to anyone after a game. You’d wait, slap him in the pads the next time you’re on the ice, giggle and move on.

Mangiapane scored 49 seconds after the start of the third period.

After skating a cross pass from Noah Hanifin in the attacking zone, the Mangiapane wringer shifted gears on Winnipeg’s Tucker Poolman stick and fell under Brossoit’s mat.

“We haven’t had much luck with the puck this whole streak,” said Sutter. “When you don’t have a lot of pure goal scorers you have to get that break every now and then and we have it. ”

The Flames beat the Jets 15-7 and led 2-0 after the first period, but Appleton halved the deficit 34 seconds into the second and Stanley drew the Jets even at 6:19.

Stanley’s wrist shot came off the crossbar and behind Rittich. The six-foot-seven, 228-pound Stanley was a Jets first-round pick in 2016.

An uncontrolled Appleton had time in the lunge to get a shot, and he deflected Calgary winger Milan Lucic and over Rittich’s shoulder.

A Giordano stopwatch from the point bounced off Appleton and Brossoit’s glove for a power play goal with 45 seconds left in the first period.

Leivo fed Monahan from behind the net and skated to block the rebound in front of Brossoit’s left pad at 5:13 pm.

Notes: The Jets end a seven-game road trip, the longest of their season, Monday at the Saddledome… Flames captain Mark Giordano is one point behind a career 500… Calgary defenseman Chris Tanev got his 100th career aid.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 27, 2021.

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