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Flames win 10th Straight at Home, down Jets 4-1

Johnny Gaudreau had a hat trick to help the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Joe Colborne scored and Karri Ramo made 19 saves for the Flames (16-16-2), who have won 10 consecutive home games to tie a franchise record set from Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 2006. Calgary has not lost at home since Oct. 30 against the Montreal Canadiens. Eight of the Flames’ next nine games are at home.

Tyler Myers scored and Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves in his first start since Dec. 6 for the Jets (15-17-2), who have lost 12 of the past 15 road games (3-11-1). Winnipeg most recently won on the road on Nov. 27 against the Minnesota Wild. The Jets start a two-game homestand Sunday.

Gaudreau scored 4:28 into the game to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. Working a power play from the half-wall, Gaudreau sent a shot into the slot that redirected off the stick of Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom and behind Hutchinson. The goal was Gaudreau’s 100th NHL point.

Calgary doubled the lead midway through the first. Colborne tipped a shot by Mark Giordano by Hutchinson to put Calgary up 2-0 at 10:23.

Myers cut the lead to 2-1 with 4.8 seconds remaining in the period. On a 3-on-1, Blake Wheeler dropped a pass to Myers, who one-timed a shot by the right pad of Ramo. Wheeler has an assist in four straight games.

Ramo made seven saves and Hutchinson made nine in a scoreless second, including two during a 5-on-3 man-advantage late in the period.

TJ Brodie kept Calgary up one after knocking a backhand over Ramo by Drew Stafford out of mid-air and off the goal line on a shorthanded chance 4:15 into the third. Ramo stopped Mathieu Perreault cutting to the net on a partial break after his penalty expired a shift later.

Gaudreau restored Calgary’s two-goal lead at 15:41. Brodie’s breakaway pass hit Gaudreau in the skate, but he stripped the puck from Jets forward Mark Scheifele and lifted a quick shot short side over Hutchinson’s glove to put the Flames up 3-1.

Gaudreau completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 1:49 remaining.

 

THREE STARS OF THE GAME
Johnny Gaudreau

1ST
JOHNNY GAUDREAU

LW
G: 3 Shots: 6
A: 0 Hits: 2
PTS: 3 PIM: 0
+/-: 2 TOI: 20:03
TJ Brodie

2ND
TJ BRODIE

D
G: 0 Shots: 0
A: 2 Hits: 0
PTS: 2 PIM: 0
+/-: 2 TOI: 24:43
Sean Monahan

3RD
SEAN MONAHAN

C
G: 0 Shots: 4
A: 1 Hits: 0
PTS: 1 PIM: 0
+/-: 1 TOI: 18:19

 

Coleton MacDonald
The Founder of Weliveforhockey.com
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