The Calgary Flames’ first game after the All-Star break came Wednesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome against the Carolina Hurricanes. Sean Monahan scored a goal and added three assists for his career-high four-point game, leading the Flames to a 4-1 win.
Dougie Hamilton scored a power play goal to give the Flames a 1-0 lead at 10:26 of the first period, but Elias Lindholm scored just 18 seconds later to even the score for the Hurricanes. From that point forward, though, it was all Calgary.
The second period saw goals from Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau and one third period goal from Monahan sealed the 4-1 victory for the home team. Karri Ramo did his part, making 28 saves between the pipes for the Flames.
In other Flames news: The NHL suspended defenseman Dennis Wideman 20 games for what it deemed deliberate and forceful contact with a linesman in a game last week against Nashville. The suspension is the second-longest in NHL history for abusing an official.
The last time these two teams met was not so long ago: it was Jan. 21 at Nationwide Arena. In a game that was eventful but still rather quick in terms of pace, the Blue Jackets and Flames were tied 2-2 after 40 minutes with the game up for grabs.
That Johnny Hockey guy broke the tie at 1:28 of the third with a wicked shot underneath the crossbar, catching Joonas Korpisalo (who had come on in relief of an injured Sergei Bobrovsky) by surprise from a sharp angle.
Sam Bennett added on in the third, making it a 4-2 game and wrapping things up for Calgary. Columbus’ two goals came in the second period from Scott Hartnell and Brandon Dubinsky.
The Blue Jackets are 28-18-6 in the all-time series against the Flames, and 8-2-2 in the last 12 meetings.
No. 13 in red is the player to watch. Don’t know who that is?
It’s Johnny Gaudreau, of course. The small, shifty and downright dangerous Boston College product (one of the most decorated players in the storied program's history) has been the biggest offensive force for the Flames this season. With 21 goals and 28 assists, Gaudreau leads the team in total scoring with 49 points.
The Salem, New Jersey, native was selected in the fourth round (104th overall) by Calgary in the 2011 NHL Draft. After making his first appearance in a Flames sweater during the 2013-14 season, he’s not only been a roster mainstay, but he's become one of coach Bob Hartley's most dangerous offensive weapons.