Friday, January 27, 2017

Watch: Gaudreau Snaps 11-Game Scoring Streak with OT Winner

The Calgary Flames really needed this one.

And, thanks to Johnny Gaudreau, they got it.

Calgary snapped a four-game losing streak (one in which they had been outscored 20-7) with a 3-2 win over the Senators at Canadian Tire Center on Thursday night. The Flames (25-24-3) will head to the all-star break with a one-point lead over the Kings for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But the Kings have three games in hand.

Gaudreau had been struggling heading into tonight, and head coach Glen Gulatzan moved Michael Frolik up to the top line with Gaudreau and Sean Monahan to try and generate a little more grit for the line. It seemed to help. Gaudreau, who had been a minus-7 with zero points in his last four, was a plus-two tonight and he grabbed an assist on Sean Monahan's beautiful goal earlier.

"It was an important game for us," said Gaudreau. "Huge two points for us."

Gulatzan, who had been highly critical of his team during their losing streak, was pleased to get the win, and he liked the response. "I thought we did a really good job," he said. "In the third we sat back a little too much with the lead, but I liked our response, as a whole."

Gaudreau's goal brought the curtains down in Ottawa, but it was this pretty work of stickwork by Sean Monahan that was the goal of the night. How about goal of the year?