Calgary Flames defenceman @Rasmus Andersson became the team’s fifth player (and first rearguard) to reach the 50-point plateau this season with a pair of assists during Tuesday’s thrilling 5–4 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators.
Andersson, 25, assisted on Calgary’s first and last goals in the game, hitting the 50-point mark with the primary helper on @Elias Lindholm’s winning tally 2:01 into the extra frame.
With his second assist, Andersson became the first Flames defender to score 50 points in a season since @Mark Giordano notched 74 in his Norris Trophy-winning 2018–19 campaign.
Andersson also joined 16 other NHL defencemen who previously reached the 50-point plateau in 2021–22, including past Norris winners @Adam Fox, @Roman Josi, @Victor Hedman, and @Brent Burns.
@Noah Hanifin also recorded two points against the Predators on Tuesday, upping his totals on the season to 10 goals and 48 points. The 25-year-old blueliner ranks sixth on the team in scoring and needs just two more points in the Flames’ final two games of the season to join Andersson at 50.
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The Flames last had multiple defenders score 50 points in the same season back in 1992–93, when @Gary Suter tallied 81 points in 81 games and @Al MacInnis recorded 54 in 50.
In the wake of that 1992–93 season, only seven Flames defencemen have recorded 50+ points in a single season:
  • Al MacInnis (1993–94)
  • Phil Housley (1995–96, 1998–99, 1999–00)
  • Dion Phaneuf (2006–07, 2007–08)
  • Dennis Wideman (2014–15)
  • Mark Giordano (2015–16, 2018–19)
  • Dougie Hamilton (2016–17)
  • Rasmus Andersson (2021–22)
With Hanifin two points away from 50, the Flames (50–20–10) will return to action on Thursday evening when they take on the Minnesota Wild (51–22–7) at 6:00 p.m. MT.

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