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Ferland has been a tear since joining line with Johnny and Mony

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

It was a little like winning the lottery for Micheal Ferland.

The numbers he used to hit paydirt? 13 and 23.

Since being elevated to a line on Feb. 21 alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, Ferland has been stacking up the points.

In that first tilt against Nashville, he scored two goals and now after seven games as a trio he has five tallies.

He has scored three goals and six points and is plus-6 in the club's last four games, including lighting the lamp once in the 5-3 matinee victory over the visiting New York Islanders Sunday.

Life is good right now for Ferland, who's making the most of his opportunity to skate alongside two of the best young players in the league during the Flames' impressive playoff push.

"I'm having a lot of fun playing with Johnny and Mony," said Ferland after Tuesday's practice. "Most importantly, I think, we just have to keep having fun playing together. I've said before they're both great players and they make the game more simple. You just have to try and stay out of Johnny's way when he's coming up with the puck.

"(I'm trying to be) hard on the forecheck, being the first in and trying to create room for both of them."

Fun isn't a word you hear in pro sports often enough.

However, with the Flames riding a seven-game win streak and his line clicking on all cylinders the game right now, to boil it down, is simply fun.

Kind of like an afternoon of making plays on the pond with your friends with not a care in the world.

"I think when you're having fun you just have more swagger," said Ferland. "You're not gripping your stick, you're out there making plays and you're comfortable. When you're not having fun, you're gripping that stick and maybe missing open nets."

Just 62 games into the season, Ferland has already set a personal best for goals at 13 and points with 20.

Perhaps more impressive is his 15.9 shooting percentage, much better than the 3.3% mark he had last season when scored four goals in 71 regular-season games.

That 15.9% mark is better than six of the players currently in the top-10 in league goal scoring.

"I didn't even know anything about that," admitted Ferland. "Hopefully I can keep finding open spots and keep shooting."

No doubt 13 and 23 hope so, too.

After struggling at certain points in the season, Ferland is making sure he's enjoying his scoring run, born out of hard work and perseverance, that has helped propel the Flames up the standings.

"It's nice to get rewarded," he said.

 

 

 

 

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