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SNAPSHOTS: Dube scores in additional time, Flames spoil Johnny’s return to Saddledome

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Johnny Gaudreau unleashed a shot. A second later, the Saddledome crowd erupted.  

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It was … nothing like previous occasions.  

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Gaudreau obtained an earful in Monday’s return with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Whereas he was handled to a standing ovation after an early video tribute, he was booed relentlessly for the remainder of the evening.   

The famous person left-winger shrugged off a near-miss on a penalty-shot and picked up a few assists on the power-play, however his previous buddies finally prevailed in additional time. The Calgary Flames earned a 4-3 victory within the bonus session.  

“It in-built our favour,” stated Flames speedster Dillon Dube, the additional time hero on this emotional night. “Our followers are very passionate. They care rather a lot about our workforce, and that’s what they confirmed tonight. They care rather a lot about us, and we respect that. It felt actually good to win for them tonight.”  

The loudest response of the night, not less than till Dube’s sudden-death snipe, got here after Gaudreau was awarded a first-period penalty-shot. The departed fan-favourite — he skedaddled as an unrestricted free-agent in July, a last-minute determination that precipitated loads of consternation in Cowtown — was jeered from the second he picked up the puck at centre, however the C of Purple roared when he wired a wrister simply huge of the put up on Dan Vladar’s glove-side. No aim.   

Only a few minutes later, many of the 17,697 people in attendance have been rising from their seats for the warm-and-fuzzy half — a stirring salute after a thank-you video that included an assortment of dazzling dekes, top-shelf photographs and even a classic wraparound.  

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“It felt good to see everybody standing up and clapping their palms and cheering for me, then 5 seconds after begin to boo once more,” stated the 29-year-old Gaudreau, who was feted as second star. “It’s what I anticipated coming right here.  

“I used to be sitting subsequent to Eric Robinson, he’s a longtime buddy. He was like, ‘Man, they’re actually giving it to you on the market.’ I stated, ‘It’s only a nice fanbase.’ It was lots of enjoyable. I’m glad I obtained to return again and play. It was a cool evening.”  

Calgary Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane celebrates teammate Dillon Dube’s overtime goal against the Columbus Blue Jacketsat Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023.
Calgary Flames ahead Andrew Mangiapane celebrates teammate Dillon Dube’s additional time aim in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jacketsat Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Photograph by Azin Ghaffari /Postmedia

For Johnny, it could have been even cooler if he hadn’t plunked the put up with a third-period redirect. He was that near hoisting the basement-dwelling Blue Jackets to a comeback triumph.   

“It will have been higher if we received it in 60, but it surely was good to get the win,” Dube stated, providing the view from the opposite facet. “We actually wanted that.”  

The Flames have struggled in additional time with out You-Know-Who — their report past 60 minutes is now 4-9 — however Monday’s successful sequence really began when defenceman Noah Hanifin stripped the puck from his previous buddy Gaudreau.   

The locals raced the wrong way on a two-on-one rush and Andrew Mangiapane capped a three-point evening by teeing up Dube for a one-timer.   

“Time beyond regulation is about puck possession,” Mangiapane reminded. “I believe the traces that have been on the market earlier than us did an excellent job of hemming them in and never forcing performs and once they did shoot it, they obtained it again, got here out and reloaded once more. That’s the important thing in additional time is simply puck administration, holding onto the puck and never forcing any performs the place they’ll quick-counter and return the opposite approach.”    

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Walker Duehr, Nazem Kadri and Mangiapane tallied in regulation for the house workforce.  

Gaudreau assisted on a pair of man-advantage markers in a 49-second span within the center body. Kirill Marchenko and Patrik Laine each benefited from his excellent setups.   

Gaudreau has now totalled 339 factors on Saddledome ice — 337 of these within the Flaming C, and two on behalf of the Blue Jackets.  

“It’ll in all probability be simpler subsequent time,” he stated, looking forward to a go to to the Saddledome in 2023-24. “However I’m certain I’ll nonetheless get booed.”   

Calgary Flames goaltender Daniel Vladar makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023.
Calgary Flames goaltender Daniel Vladar makes a save in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets ahead Boone Jenner at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Photograph by Azin Ghaffari /Postmedia

AROUND THE BOARDS  

Vladar delivered 22 saves in Calgary’s crease. The workforce has picked up not less than a degree in his previous dozen selections, the second-longest such spree in franchise historical past and only one shy of a membership report that’s shared by Mike Vernon and Brian Elliott. Vladar is 9-0-3 throughout this excellent stretch. Gaudreau’s ultimate stat-line: Two assists, 5 photographs on internet and a minus-2 score in 22:54 of ice time … Flames alternate captain and shutdown specialist Chris Tanev headed to the locker-room after a neutral-zone collision within the first interval and didn’t return. The 33-year-old defenceman has already had a few damage absences this season and when he’s not obtainable, they definitely miss his calming presence and fearless shot-blocking … Flames head coach Darryl Sutter’s post-game evaluation? “I believed it was an excellent effort by our membership proper by means of,” he praised. “I believed, five-on-five, we have been the higher workforce.” … Duehr’s second NHL aim was a doozy. The 25-year-old smoked a one-timer with a lot oomph that no one appeared to understand it had sizzled by means of Joonas Korpisalo’s five-hole and was behind the online. “I used to be sitting on the bench and I didn’t know what was happening, and the horn went off,” Mangiapane grinned. “I believed somebody might have slipped their finger and pressed the button accidentally. After which hastily, the blokes began taking place the road cheering and I used to be like, ‘Oh, okay.’ It was an excellent shot by him.” … Final month, when the Flames made a visit to Columbus, Gaudreau hosted a number of of his former teammates for dinner. You could recall that after the Blue Jackets bagged a 3-1 victory, Sutter seethed: “We had some guys got here for a go to, to not attempt to win the hockey recreation.” Johnny, it appears, caught wind of that remark. “I obtained to see some previous associates (Sunday), who weren’t on the workforce for the Flames, by the way in which,” Gaudreau cracked after morning skate. “Simply so Darryl is aware of.”   

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Calgary Flames forward Tyler Toffoli battles Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023.
Calgary Flames ahead Tyler Toffoli battles Columbus Blue Jackets ahead Gustav Nyquist at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Photograph by Azin Ghaffari /Postmedia

OFF THE GLASS  

Flames bruiser Milan Lucic has now scrapped in back-to-back video games and there’s little doubt he’s nonetheless one of many NHL’s hardest prospects. Simply ask Mathieu Olivier. “I believe we let our foot off the fuel a bit and within the second then Looch fired up the constructing, for certain,” Dube stated post-game … There was widespread criticism of how Sutter dealt with Saturday’s post-game questions on rookie ahead Jakob Pelletier, who had simply logged his NHL debut. As he fished for his glasses, the skipper requested reporters what quantity Pelletier was sporting after which proceeded to learn his stats in what many considered as a disrespectful show. Sutter appeared eager to clarify himself previous to Monday’s matchup with the Blue Jackets. “Someone requested after the sport the opposite evening about Jakob Pelletier,” he stated, elevating the topic on his personal. “Effectively, you couldn’t consider it as a result of the child performed 420 seconds.” … This speaks volumes — the 21-year-old Pelletier was within the lineup Monday for his second big-league look. Darn close to scored on the man-advantage, too, however he did not raise a rebound over Korpisalo’s outstretched pad … The Flames will wrap this four-game homestand with Thursday’s battle in opposition to the Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m. MT, Sportsnet West/Sportsnet 960 The Fan).   

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