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FLAMES REWIND - 12.03.17

Brian Elliott has been a key factor in the Flames' nine-game run

by AARON VICKERS @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

When prompted with Dan Bouchard's name following his second consecutive shutout on Saturday, Brian Elliott immediately recognized.

He doubted many of his teammates would, though.

"He was a goalie, right?" Elliott questioned. "I don't know. I think these guys are too young for all that.

"Millennials."

Bouchard, who played eight seasons with the Atlanta Flames, and tacked on an additional 14 games when the group moved to Calgary in 1980, has become topical of late with the 2016-17 edition of the Flames running their winning streak to nine games following a 3-0 shutout win at the Winnipeg Jets.

Bouchard helped set the franchise record of 10 from Oct. 14-Nov. 3, 1978, and finished that season with 32 wins for Atlanta. 

Now it's Elliott's run with Calgary. 

With the blanking in Winnipeg and a 5-0 whitewash of the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday, Elliott has posted back-to-back goose eggs and pushed his shutout streak to 128:28. 

Video: CGY@WPG: Elliott makes back-to-back saves

They're the latest examples of how Elliott has helped the Flames move one step from the record books. 

"Guys are playing great, coming back for each other and really helping out defensively and it's definitely showing on the scoreboard," said Elliott, 12-1-1 in his past 14 decisions. 

"I think everybody's just approaching it a game at a time and building those two points at a time. This time of year it's essential that you get those two points. We have to keep doing the same things. You can't sit back and look at the little run we've been on.

"You have to look forward to that next game." 

Elliott has backstopped the Flames to eight of the nine victories during the run -- the longest since the franchise moved to Calgary.

But no one seems to mention the streak to Elliott.

Not surprisingly, he suggested.

"No one's talking about it to me, but I'm a goalie," Elliott said. "Nobody usually talks to me anyways."

And now a look at the week that was.

OVER THE BOARDS

Elliott's numbers during his 12-1-1 run? An 1.86 GAA and a .936 save percentage. Not bad. … Curtis Lazar, patiently waiting. … Talk about closing it out. The Flames have won 28 straight games when holding a lead after two periods. Eight of those 28 have come during the current 10-0-1 run despite Calgary surrendering the first goal in seven of those 11 games. … Micheal Ferland has nine goals in the past 17 games. He had 11 through his first 144 career games. Best regular season hockey of his career. … Congrats to Mikael Backlund. With his goal against Winnipeg, the soon-to-be 28-year-old set a new single-season career-best at 48 points. … Congrats to Andrew Ladd on having his 'Forever A Hitmen' banner raised alongside Western Hockey League linemate Ryan Getzlaf. … Show of hands. Who pegged Dougie Hamilton as Calgary's assist leader back in September? His 34 are currently tied for first with Johnny Gaudreau.

OVERTIME

Clear a little extra space on the mantle, boys. Backlund, Hamilton and Sean Monahan have a bit of a haul to add to the ol' trophy room after all three were honoured at the Sportsnet Brightest Star Luncheon on Tuesday. Hamilton received the J.R. McCaig Award, shared alongside Jodie Schreiner, as to the player and staff member who best exemplify McCaig's virtues. "How Mr. McCaig lived is (what) I strive for as well," Hamilton said. "Treat everyone the same and with courtesy, compassion and respect." Monahan scooped up the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, given to the player that exemplifies perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, and dedication to community service off it. "It means a lot," Monahan said. "Doing that kind of stuff and giving back, it's always nice to do." Backlund was named Sportsnet 3 Star Cup winner, awarded to the player with the highest total of three star selections. "It's cool," Backlund said. "We have some really good players … look at Johnny, Mony, Gio … some very good players. Both our goalies have been great this year too. It's really cool to get this award when we have so many good players." 

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