The Johnny Hockey Show

Well that was exciting! That’s two games in a row now where the Flames look like the Calgary Flames of old, winning games in the third period. Come back it’s back? They have some momentum behind them, With only five point separating the final playoff position, if they make a run now there’s a small chance.

Leading the Flames? That diminutive yet explosive Johnny Gaudreau. His hat-trick, including the game winning goal in overtime, including his plus four performance, lead the team in offence.

Here is the post game vignette:

  •   all the attention before the game started was on Dougie Hamilton, and his first game  against his former team. Hamilton has slowly found his game and has been looking like the top four defenseman fans have been hoping for. With Kris Russell a gametime scratch due to an upper body injury, Hamilton picked up the minutes can’t even played three on three in overtime. He was generally steady with a couple of chances, although his slash on the power-play like to a Brad Marchand PK penalty shot which gave the Bruins a 4-3 lead late in the third.
  • Hamilton lead the rush in overtime leading a 2v1 and dropping a pass to a wide-open Gaudreau who deftly deked Rask for the hat-trick tally.
  • Not to be overlooked with TJ Brodie’s 30 minutes of ice-time. Not only did he play half to game, he was also on the overtime goal.  prevents me of not notice was he literally had just sat down finishing along shift, jumping back on the ice. The Flames usually employ a two defensemen one forward system in overtime, and although it seems counterintuitive to use D-men, it’s been working.
  • David Jones, who has been playing first line minutes, left the game in the first period suffering a foot injury after taking a slapshot to the skate.
  • The game was an exciting to watch with offence you got to watch nine goals in total, and better than that,  an electrifying finish. With the goalie pulled for the extra attacker, Jiri Hudler found the back of the net with less than two seconds remaining to play.
  • You get the sense that with these last game heroics the Calgary Flames are slowly finding their groove.
  • Although letting him for goals Kari Ramo,  made some key saves a key moments that kept the Flames in it.

What more can be said other than Gaudreau is magic  is proving himself to be one of the most electrifying players in the league. I just think this is only his second season (not counting his first game), one can only imagine how much improvement lives in front of him. Next up the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday; the same team that walloped the Flames last week