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The Johnny and Mony Show has been even better the last two games

by TY PILSON @typilson /

You don't need a doctorate in chemistry to appreciate how well Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan play together.

The dynamic duo bring out the best in each other, a la Jordan and Pippen or Lemieux and Jagr.

The pair are now 1-2 in Flames scoring, Johnny a point better than Mony with 53.

Gaudreau's 37 assists are tops on the Flames while Monahan's 24 goals are best in that category.

But as well as they've played together since being joined up, they've seemed even more in tune with each other in the club's last two tilts.

They each scored once and added two helpers in the 5-2 win over the Kings Sunday and Gaudreau set Monahan up for a fantastic first-period goal in the 4-2 loss to the Capitals Tuesday night.

Next up: the Nashville Predators (Thursday, 5 p.m., Sportsnet Flames, SN960).

However, the numbers don't tell the whole story as they've controlled the play offensively for much of their time on the ice over that period and generated a glove-full of great scoring chances in both contests that could have easily resulted in more points.

They've managed to do all this over the last two games without their regular linemate Micheal Ferland - who has played exceptional with them since being elevated to their line - who's out with an illness. In his place, Alex Chaisson - who played with the duo for much of the season - has returned to that role.  

"I've liked the way they've connected," agreed coach Glen Gulutzan. "Mony seems to be really shooting the puck well and Johnny is creating chances all the time, just like he has been for a long time now, creating five or six chances a game and Mony is feeling it shooting-wise and I thought Chasser did really good there the last couple of games of making some plays with them and getting to the net. I just think they're confident right now but you need your best players at this time of the year to be executing and they are."

Both players agree they've kicked it up a notch.

"Ya, I think so," said Monahan. "I think we're playing better right now and I think when you start doing that game after game you get that confidence and right now that's growing and we gotta continue to build and be guys that are going to be important for this team to win."

Gaudreau echoed his centre.

"I think we've got great chemistry and it keeps growing and growing from my first season until now," said Gaudreau. "It's been great. Like you said, the past few games I think we've just been just finding the net and we've been getting rewarded. He's got a great shot, too, so I try to get him the puck."

Neither player could put their finger on exactly what has elevated their recent play but they're certainly enjoying the ride.

"Good things happen when you're feeling it," said Monahan. "Obviously Johnny is a great player and he's easy to read off of and fun to play with. He's a guy that obviously I think we'll be playing together for a long time and we gotta continue to get better every game."

Said Gaudreau: "I think it's just rolling right now. Obviously you go through ups and downs throughout the season. You go through games where you're not finding the net and you're not getting those looks and then you go through games when you're getting those looks and you're finding the net there. I think when we get our chances we're putting it in the back of the net which is great and helping this team win."

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