For the first time since 1993–94, four members of the Calgary Flames have scored 30 goals this season.
@Johnny Gaudreau and @Matthew Tkachuk both reached that milestone against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night, joining @Elias Lindholm and @Andrew Mangiapane in the 30-goal club.
Lindholm also added to his total for the 2021–22 season in the game, scoring his team-leading 32nd goal of the season to give the Flames a 2–0 lead over Arizona early in the second period. Mangiapane did not record a point in the contest.
Tkachuk opened the scoring for Calgary on Friday just 33 seconds into the middle frame, capitalizing off a give-and-go play with Gaudreau to the right of Coyotes goaltender @Karel Vejmelka. @Noah Hanifin also picked up an assist on Tkachuk’s 30th goal of the season.
Less than five minutes after Lindholm doubled the Flames’ lead, Gaudreau made it a 3–0 game with his own 30th marker.
The 28-year-old winger took a stretch pass from @Nikita Zadorov in full stride and entered the Coyotes’ zone on a two-on-one rush with @Blake Coleman. Gaudreau elected not to pass the puck and instead fired it high over Vejmelka’s blocker.
Gaudreau has now reached the 30-goal plateau three times in his eight full NHL seasons. He scored exactly 30 goals in 79 games during the 2015–16 season before tallying 36 in 82 as the Flames won the Pacific Division in 2018–19.
Tkachuk previously scored 34 goals in 80 games with the Flames in 2018–19. @Sean Monahan also scored 34 goals for the Flames that season, with Lindholm’s 27 ranking fourth on the team.
Very few NHL teams can lay claim to four 30-goal scorers in a single season. The 2021–22 Flames are only the sixth team since 2005–06 to achieve that feat.
The 1993–94 Flames featured three 40-goal scorers (Robert Reichel, Theo Fleury, and Gary Roberts). Joe Nieuwendyk added 36 goals in just 64 games, with Al MacInnis and German Titov respectively scoring 28 and 27 goals.
This year’s Flames can’t quite match that level of scoring depth, although they’ll be aiming to improve upon the 1994 Flames’ underwhelming playoff “run.”
Facing off against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, the Pacific-winning Flames blew a 3–1 series lead and ultimately lost the deciding seventh game on a double-OT goal
by Pavel Bure. (The ’94 Canucks ended up going all the way to the Stanley Cup Final).
@Rasmus Andersson also scored for the Flames in Friday’s 4–2 win over the Coyotes.
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