If the Flames were fatigued on Friday, it wasn’t enough to slow them down. Playing in their third road game in the span of four games, the Flames managed to earn a 4-2 victory over Florida to extend their winning streak to six games.
It’s worth noting that Florida did outshoot Calgary 43-29 with Flames backup goaltender David Rittich being the difference. He’s been used sparingly, but has been a reliable backup when called upon so far.
The Flames won on the strength of more than just their goaltending though. They haven’t been hurting for goals lately and Sean Monahan has been one of the big reasons for that. He had a goal and an assist on Friday and is on a six-game point streak that’s included four multi-point contests.
Monahan is up to 21 goals and 42 points in 44 games, making him a great compliment to Johnny Gaudreau, who has 52 points this season. The Flames were fortunate to sign both of them to reasonable contracts as their combined cap hit is $13.125 million through 2021-22. In other words, Calgary is getting Monahan and Gaudreau combined for just a little more than the Oilers will be paying Connor McDavid in 2018-19. While McDavid is an amazing player, getting two star forwards for roughly the same price is a pretty good deal.
Of course, the Flames still have a lot to prove, but they’ve put themselves in a good position.
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VANCOUVER 5 COLUMBUS 2
Brendan Gaunce scored the game-winning goal. It was his second marker and third point in 27 games this season.
Henrik Sedin extended his point streak to four games by assisting on two of Vancouver’s five markers. He has two goals and 31 points in 44 contests.
Nick Foligno assisted on both of the Blue Jackets’ goals. That gives him nine goals and 18 points in 46 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 24 of 28 shots last night. He has a 21-14-3 record, 2.43 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 38 starts.
Jacob Markstrom saved 27 of 29 shots to earn his first win since Dec. 28. He’s 11-14-5 with a 2.74 GAA and .908 save percentage in 32 games.
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CALGARY 4 FLORIDA 2
David Rittich came up big for the Flames by stopping 41 of 43 shots. He improved to 4-1-1 with a 2.03 GAA and .923 save percentage in six contests.
Mikael Backlund also had a big night for Calgary with a goal and two assists. That gives him nine goals and 28 points in 44 games.
Sean Monahan scored a goal and registered an assist to extend his point streak to six games. The Flames forward is up to 21 goals and 42 points in 44 games in 2017-18.
Evgenii Dadonov scored both of the Panthers’ goals. He has nine markers and 26 points in 35 contests.
James Reimer kicked out 25 of 28 shots last night. He has a 12-12-5 record, 3.05 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 30 games.
WASHINGTON 4 CAROLINA 3
Jay Beagle scored the game-winning goal with just two seconds left in regulation time. It was his fifth goal and 13th point in 45 contests this season.
Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and registered two assists for the Capitals. He’s up to 28 goals and 49 points in 45 games.
Sebastian Aho found the back of the net and registered an assist. The Hurricanes forward has 16 goals and 37 points in 44 contests.
Cam Ward surrendered four goals on 27 shots on Friday. He has a 11-5-2 record, 2.85 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 19 starts.
Philipp Grubauer saved 36 of 39 Hurricanes shots. He has a 4-5-3 record, 2.60 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 15 games.
CHICAGO 2 WINNIPEG 1
Patrik Laine accounted for the Jets’ lone goal. It was his 20th marker and 37th point in 45 games.
David Kampf found the back of the net and registered an assist. He has a goal and five points in nine contests this season.
Jan Rutta scored the game-winning goal. He has five goals and 17 points in 37 games.
Jeff Glass turned aside 31 of 32 Jets shots. He has a 3-1-1 record, 3.01 GAA, and .918 save percentage in five starts.
At the other end of the ice, Connor Hellebuyck saved 25 of 27 shots. He’s 23-5-6 with a 2.35 GAA and .923 save percentage in 36 contests.
EDMONTON 4 ARIZONA 2
This game got off to a very rough start for the Oilers. Cam Talbot allowed two goals on three shots, leading to him being yanked just 3:17 minutes into the contest. Al Montoya stepped in and saved all 19 shots he faced to help facilitate the Oilers’ comeback win.
Darnell Nurse scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner. He’s up to five goals and 16 points in 45 games this season.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins found the back of the net for the Oilers. He has 16 goals and 31 points in 45 games.
Brad Richardson scored a goal for Arizona. That gives him two goals and seven points in 38 contests.
Antti Raanta kicked out 23 of 26 Oilers shots. He has a 6-12-3 record, 2.73 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 23 starts.