I don't know how he knew that I was there, but he made some fantastic moves and just put it on my tape. I just got it on net. - Dennis Wideman
CALGARY, AB -- Call it a bright spot.
In an otherwise difficult 2-1 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday, Johnny Gaudreau followed up with an incredible encore.
Dennis Wideman's goal, his third in the past four games and Calgary’s lone marker on Lightning goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, came courtesy of Gaudreau and opened the scoring 1:12 into the third period.
With Valtteri Filppula in the box for interference in a penalty that carried over from the second, Kris Russell dropped the puck to Gaudreau in the neutral zone. Gaudreau weaved through three members of the Tampa Bay penalty kill before dishing a pass back across the slot for Wideman, who beat Nabokov to complete the highlight-reel play and put the Flames up 1-0.
“I just skated down the side there and Johnny basically drew everybody in the rink to him, deked them out and then made a great pass to me,” said Wideman. “I don't know how he knew that I was there, but he made some fantastic moves and just put it on my tape. I just got it on net.
“Johnny, when he's got the puck and he's in those tight, little areas, he makes some pretty fantastic moves. He's got great hands, is quick laterally and he's tough to check in those tight areas. He makes some great plays.”
After failing to record a point in each of his first five games, Gaudreau was scratched in the second-last game of Calgary's road trip. He's recorded three points, including his first goal of the season, in two games since.
“He's playing great,” captain Mark Giordano said. “He made a great pass there, obviously on the goal. Then a couple shifts later, he made some really good spin moves down low and some good plays so it's nice to see. He's playing with a lot of confidence.”
The goal, though, didn’t end up as the game-winner.
Valtteri Filppula tied the game in the dying minutes of the third while Ondrej Palat recorded the game-winner in overtime to lift the Lightning to the 2-1 victory.
But that didn't diminish the spectacular play for Wideman.
“I think we all knew Johnny could be a great gamebreaker,” he said. “That's no secret. Whenever he has the puck in the offensive zone, he can control the play and control the game. He made a great play on that goal, but the end result is we didn't get what we wanted.”