POST GAME: Winnipeg, the lesser of the former Atlanta teams 4-1

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A win at home sending the Flames into the Christmas break is about as great of a gift for fans as one can hope for. But how about a win where Johnny Gaudreau proves yet again how incredibly important he is to the future of the franchise?

Well you got one of those.

THE RUNDOWN

From the get-go, the Flames showed unrelenting life that often escapes them early on. An early powerplay (two games in a row!) marker from Johnny Gaudreau (scoring his 100th NHL point in his 115th regular season game) gave the Flames the early lead. From thereon, for much of the period Calgary continued to find ways to enter the zone, again capitalizing on intelligent passing and strategy as big, local boy Joe Colborne potted his fifth of the season. Despite their surging efforts, with mere seconds left in the first period a lapse by Matt Stajan sprung the Jets on a 3-on-1 which ended with Tyler Myers making it 2-1 to end the period.

Besides a great penalty kill and subsequent second chance by Mikael Backlund crashing the net, not a lot happened. A series of penalties from the Jets’ Mark Stuart (regarded as ‘honest’ by Kelly Hrudey) and a disgusting crosscheck from Jacob Trouba put the Flames on a 5-on-3. Of which resulted in zilch. Nothing. Nada. The Flames ended the second frame with a brief PP that would end up resulting in nothing again.

The final frame was an incredible affair. TJ Brodie, if he hasn’t made a case for the MVP of the team besides Gaudreau then it should be very close after his incredible save here preventing a sure-goal:

If you didn’t think it was possible for that to be topped, well you were wrong. Gaudreau’s second of the night, 14th of the season made it 3-1. And it was one of those memorable goals that likely will be part of a highlight package at the end of his career because Gaudreau straight up murdered Mark Scheifele. With the Jets’ net empty, Gaudreau solidified his second hat trick of the season to make it 4-1.

Shots 33-20 for the Flames as they cruised to their 10th straight win at the ‘Dome.

THE NUMBERS

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Numbers are even strength and courtesy of our friends at Natural Stat Trick.

WHY THE FLAMES WON?

Johnny Gaudreau. Well TJ Brodie too, and that Joe Colborne goal was also important too. But mostly Johnny Hockey. He is perfect, seriously. His point total this season, along with the incredible lead (12 points) he has over the next leading scorer (Sean Monahan) could be an indication of a future Hart trophy or a scoring title in his future. 

RED WARRIOR

It’s Johnny. I don’t need to speak any further about this. Others who had a strong game (in no particular order): Micheal Ferland, Mikael Backlund, Markus Granlund, TJ Brodie, and Dougie Hamilton.

UP NEXT

Christmas or Kwanzaa if you celebrate either of those. After that? The Oilers are in Calgary on the 27th for a delightful post-Christmas Battle of Alberta. 

Have a safe and special holiday with your family, friends.

  • BitGeek

    Finally escaped onterrible and got to my first dome game in a long time.

    Great game. Ferland is top 6, 30-40 point material i swear.

    This team would be so much better if bennett and colborne switched roles and if raymond and russell took a long road trip together and got lost somewhere in Alaska.

  • Colin.S

    2nd game in a row the Flames score a PP goal and Colborne only got 40 seconds of PP time instead of 4 minutes, coincidence? I think not.

    Also, Johnny is a wizard and is going to be the highest cap hit on the team very very shortly.

  • MattyFranchise

    That Brodie swipe off the goal line completely defies the odds..can’t..stop..watching. Colborne with the winner 🙂 Johnny with the hatty, Bouma back, Ramo with some seriously massive saves. Good send off for Christmas!
    Wasn’t Johnny’s hat trick against the Kings also the last game before Christmas? If so..should we start to expect this annually?

  • cgyokgn

    Was at the game tonight. Ferland had several scoring chances and looked dangerous repeatedly. Hartley must have thought so too as Ferlie had more than 15 minutes in ice time.

    Mony bounced back nicely in the faceoff circle tonight compared to Detroit.

    Can anyone tell me if Gaudreau was aiming to hit the Winnipeg defenceman’s stick on his first goal or was he passing. His second goal was magic and as impressive as his empty netter was spinning away from what could have been a nasty check on the boards.

    GFG!!!

  • cgyokgn

    Couldn’t follow the game (on radio as per usual) because we were at the Coyotes game. Unfortunately, the Leafs couldn’t tie up and Arizona remains one spot above us. Domingue was very good. I kept watching the out-of-town scoreboard and was excited to see the Flames up 2 – 0 but then saw they gave up a very late 1st period goal. Then of course nothing happened for ages and I was worried that a one-goal lead wouldn’t hold up. Then the Flames got the insurance marker and what I assumed was an ENG.

    So, very excited to find out that Johnny scored a hat trick. His second goal was amazing. Ramo made some great saves and TJ saved a sure goal. And they scored another PP goal… okay they didn’t do anything on the 5 on 3 but they are slowly turning special teams around.

    This team plays with so much confidence at home. Hopefully they can keep it going!

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  • everton fc

    Ramo does well again. Ferland continues to put rubber on net. Gaudreau playing like the league MVP. Colborne w/another goal. Backlund w/10 assists.

    We’ll make the playoffs!

    The only change I’d like to see; Jooris in, Raymond out.

  • everton fc

    Let’s have a closer look at the Flames last 10 games

    They have gone 8-2 with Johnny leading the way with a 2.0 ppg pace over the last 10 home games. All the much maligned Calgary D has done is put up 35 points during those 10 games. Remind anybody of last season?

    So, with a win on Sunday against the Oilers the Flames will have exactly the same amount of points that they had last season after 35 games. Not too bad after a 5-11-1 start.

    Never count these guys out…

  • everton fc

    Did anyone count how many odd man rushes the Jets had? Like, 8? Thanks to terrific defense and goaltending they only capitalized once. It doesn’t surprise me that the Jets have scored so many SHGs. Lots of legs on that team.

  • everton fc

    Johnny God Damn Hockey does it again, And on a team with 30th ranked PP and PK. He has to be the biggest steal that late in a draft since__________? Fill in the blank people!

    All around good game for the Flames though, looking like last years team.

  • supra steve

    Nice win. I’m hoping that the team we have been watching the last month is the team we will be seeing for the remainder of the year. But, fact is, we are still only 5 points up on Columbus, who are occupying the basement suite currently. GFG.

    • Byron Bader

      Oops!

      Saw that portion of the broadcast again…..Johnny actually tied with Tarasenko with 0.64 GOALS per game since November 1.

      Johnny’s agent will be seeking some more $$$$$ for him!