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The 20-year-old is coming off of one of his best games of the season

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 /

All it takes is one game to get going.

In Friday night's win against the San Jose Sharks, Sam Bennett had one of his best games of the year. From a beautiful dish to set up the first goal, to drawing a penalty which lead to the Flames' second marker and finally, getting the monkey off his back when he scored an empty-netter, breaking a 15-game scoreless drought.

The high-energy game for the 20-year-old earned him second star honours and most importantly, confidence heading into the final stretch of the regular season.

"There's definitely things to build off," Bennett said.

"I can use that and build some confidence."

From the moment he stepped on the ice for his first shift of the game, there was a sense of urgency from the centreman to leave his mark on the contest.

That high pace and swagger grew with every shift and led to countless opportunities on a newly formed line with Kris Versteeg and Alex Chiasson, a line that will stay intact when the Flames welcome the Anaheim Ducks tonight at 7:30 p.m.

"Our line was playing really well. I thought it was a great game for the whole team."

It's a type of game that head coach Glen Gulutzan is hoping that will translate over from tonight to the start of the post-season.

Gulutzan knew that it was inevitable for Bennett to be rewarded for his play on the score sheet, as the coach had high praise for his play as of late.

"The last two months he's put himself in great positions offensively, spots defensively and it all came together for him. I can see Sammy going on a good little run here," Gulutzan said.

"He was very strong and he's worked hard all year."

While over the past few games the effort has been in full force, it's just been a matter of pucks not bouncing his way.

Instead of getting frustrated and gripping his stick a little tighter, Bennett has stuck with it and continued to play his game, while contributing to the team in other areas of the game.

Fresh off the two-point night, this could be the start of him finding his offensive groove back when it matters most.

"I hope (his confidence) is high. He gets a lot of good looks at the net and puts himself in good positions and now he gets rewarded for it," Gulutzan said.

"Some of the plays he made can spark a run."

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