Takeaways Flames: Everything is coming Gaudreau


It was symbolic of how well things are going for Johnny Gaudreau in recent times.

Opening the third period of a 2-2 game with his sixth set of this four-game trip, Gaudreau's kick seemed to be absorbed by Blackhawks goalkeeper Collin Delia before somehow sneaking through his cushions and entering on the network.

He arrived a few hours after Gaudreau opened the scoring with a rebound gift in an open net, and one day after watching the dramatic playoff win for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field.

Everything is going in the direction of Gaudreau, which makes sense, since he is dominating games like that boy McDavid is accustomed to.

It's an appropriate comparison, since Gaudreau's 13 points in his last five games put him two points ahead of the Tankers captain in a scoring race. The Flame is now in third.

He's just the league talk.


Days after being named the second NHL star in the month, Gaudreau was told on Monday that he was the player of the week's round with five goals and six assists.

Ho hum.

In a race that began with the efforts of four points back-to-back, Gaudreau now has goals in five straight.

Four of those efforts are multi-point jobs that played huge roles in Flames earning three out of four on their last trip to maintain leadership over the rest of the Western Conference.

He is in serious danger of ruining his reputation as a clean gunner by scoring 13 goals in his last 10 games.

He leads the team with 26, putting him at a pace that will threaten the coveted 50-goal mark.

It's not too bad for a guy that teammates often play with a muffin for a shot.

The best player in West's main squad is now receiving almost as many quotes from Hart Trophy as points, which says a lot.

How poetic the 4 to 3 Flames win came against one of their idols, Patrick Kane, who knows a lot about making franchises, winning the Hart and winning the Art Ross Trophy.

Both opened the scoring for their respective teams in the first, both finished with two points and both are considered among the most skillful and exciting players in the game.

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Gaudreau is certainly the driving force behind the line, but team-mates Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm are certainly big factors in 13th place success throughout the season.

The trio combined for a whopping 33 points in their last five games, which included a sweet Monahan maneuver that drew the game late in the second half.

He set up another third season of the Flames, which is now a 32-better championship in the final frame.

These three players, combined with Matthew Tkachuk, are over 50 points now – a significant increase in stats as the Flames had only two players eclipsing 50 of last season.

Thanks to Gaudreau and Lindholm, Monahan had 10 shots on goal in a game that saw the three guilds of the purple Gatorade gain two points. Lindholm deserves to be included in the talk of the Selke Trophy, as he is not only the defensive catalyst on the line, but a great penalty leader for the team.

Lindholm, who is over 27, is now designed to finish with 93 points, which would break the points franchise record as the Flame's first year. Sergei Makarov had 86 in 1989-90, Doug Gilmour had 85 in 1988-89 and Mike Cammalleri had 82 in 2008-09.

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David Rittich has been so confident this year that he will hardly be able to get mentions, despite being stellar in an open game that included an exorbitant number of Grade A chances at both ends. Everyone said the Flames goalkeeper had 32 defenses, including several clutch stops, while the Hawks seemed to increase their lead to two … Garnet Hathaway's empty goalkeeper was Flames' 14th goalkeeper of the year – another league leader … Mark Giordano Helping Gaudreau's goal was the 300th of his career. Not bad for a dreamer who just spent a year in Russia trying to strengthen their actions … The Flames return home, where they will play five in a row and six of seven before the break of the stars. His next game is Wednesday against Colorado.


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