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Gaudreau honors late grandfather with goal for Flames

Forward opened scoring in win at Panthers, called it 'special time to find the net there' @NHLdotcom

Gaudreau's far-side PPG

CGY@FLA: Gaudreau pots far-side wrister for PPG

Johnny Gaudreau receives a pass, skates into the circle and wires a far-side wrist shot past Sam Montembeault on the power play in the 1st

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Johnny Gaudreau's first-period goal for the Calgary Flames on Sunday meant more than the previous 16 he had scored this season, and not just because it helped the Flames to a 3-0 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

The goal came one day after Gaudreau's grandfather, John Guy Gaudreau, had died.

"Just a tough day," Gaudreau said. "Was nice to find the net there for him in the first. Just [stinks] losing people, but I was pretty pumped up to get that one for him."

Gaudreau's goal at 6:21 of the first helped the Flames (34-26-7) go 3-1-1 during a five-game road trip and move within one point of the second-place Edmonton Oilers (34-23-8) in the Pacific Division. They're five points behind the first-place Vegas Golden Knights (36-23-8).

More than the standings, though, the goal allowed Gaudreau to honor someone who supported him throughout his hockey career.

"He watched a lot of my games," Gaudreau said. "Always a big supporter of me and my brother (Matt) playing hockey. A special time to find the net there. Just emotional, really cool."

Tweet from @NHLFlames: "It was kinda of a tough day but it was nice to find the net for him there in the first." Johnny on what his goal meant Sunday afternoon, after the passing of his grandfather.

Flames captain Mark Giordano said he and his teammates could see how upset Gaudreau was.

"We have a really tight-knit group in there and you could see how crushed he was on the bus and you feel for him as a teammate," Giordano said. "I like to look at him as a little brother, we've been around each other so long. For him to show up and put that effort in tonight, it was great. I thought for him to come in and score, that's really cool."

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