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NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Jagr scores first goal as a Flame, Jankowski scores first NHL tally, and Gaudreau adds a pair as Calgary beats Detroit 6-3

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

It was a moment Flames fans have been waiting more than a month to see.

And it happened at home, making it even sweeter.

Jaromir Jagr, who signed here on Oct. 2, scored his first goal as a Flame and brought the Scotiabank Saddledome crowd to its feet for a standing ovation Thursday night in a 6-3 victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.  

Johnny Gaudreau made a fantastic pass to Jagr on a two-on-one in the second period that No. 68 roofed over lunging Wings goalie Petr Mrazek.

Gaudreau went and got the puck out of the net after the tally as a souvenir for the man who currently sits second all-time in NHL scoring.

Johnny Hockey also scored twice while Mark Jankowski, with his first career NHL goal, Micheal Ferland and Matthew Tkachuk added singles for Calgary, while Mike Smith made 39 saves.

Martin Frk, Frans Nielsen and Anthony Mantha were the Detroit goalscorers. Mrazek turned aside 28 of the 33 shots he faced.

Before he scored, Jagr was involved in another milestone goal.

He got the assist on Jankowski's goal at the 10:45 mark of the first period, when Mrazek made the initial stop off Jagr's shot on the rush from the left faceoff circle but the rebound bounced off Jankowski and into the net.

After being absolutely robbed by Mrazek's glove on a powerplay chance earlier in the period from the high slot, Gaudreau made good from almost the exact same spot, up-and-over Mrazek's glove this time, at 13:56.

After Sean Monahan won the faceoff to the right of Mrazek, Gaudreau picked up the puck and snapped a wrister for his fifth goal of the season.

He became just the seventh NHLer to reach 20 points this season.

Video: Jagr, Gaudreau lead Flames to a 6-3 win against Wings

Ferland made it 3-0 on a beautiful play in the second period, taking a pass off the half-boards from Mikael Backlund and splitting Red Wings defencemen Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley and then going backhand, forehand to beat Mrazek.

Detroit got on the board with a powerplay tally from Frk, who cashed in a cross-crease pass from Anthony Mantha.

Tkachuk restored the three-goal lead when he deflected a shot from Brett Kulak.

Detroit challenged the tally arguing goaltender interference, but after review it stood.

Nielsen scored for Detroit before Jagr's tally with just under three minutes to play in the second stanza.

Mantha brought the Wings back within two when he scored with just 3.3 seconds left in the period.

Gaudreau iced it late in the third with an empty-netter.

ONE TIMERS

Congrats to Flames captain Mark Giordano , wife Lauren and new big brother Jack on the arrival of Reese Everly Giordano, born Thursday morning around 3 a.m. and weighing in at a healthy 7-lb., 13-oz … The Flames honoured our veterans with a pre-game Remembrance Day ceremony ... Jagr's first-ever NHL assist came on a goal by then Penguins defenceman and future Flame Zarley Zalapski on Oct. 19, 1990 … Calgary improved to 6-0 on the season in games where Gaudreau scores two or more points … The Flames have now won five of their last six games against the Red Wings.

NEXT UP

The Flames wrap up this season-long seven game homestand Monday night (7 p.m., TV: Sportsnet West, Radio: Sportsnet960 The FAN). Come down early from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for Hockey Happy Hour and enjoy food, drink and merchandise specials. You can get a 14 oz. domestic draught, 1 oz. highball, 6 oz. house wine, a cheeseburger or a pizza slice for just $5 each. As well, take an additional 10% of all regular-priced Fanattic merchandise.

 

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