Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Johnny Gaudreau Records Second Hat Trick of the Season as Flames Topple Jets 4-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Johnny Gaudreau Records Second Hat Trick of the Season as Flames Topple Jets 4-1

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Gaudreau's hat trick leads Flames over Jets

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CALGARY - Johnny Gaudreau is red-hot on home ice. The Calgary Flames are too.

Gaudreau's second hat trick of the season helped Calgary to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, tying a franchise record with their 10th straight victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Nursing a 2-1 lead, Gaudreau scored a key goal at 15:41 of the third period. After having the puck taken away from him on a potential breakaway by Mark Scheifele, the 22-year-old stole it right back and put a high shot past Michael Hutchinson from close in.

Less than three minutes later, Gaudreau scored an empty-net goal to seal the hat trick and the win, which comes after back-to-back road losses for the Flames.

"Tonight was a huge game, coming off two losses there on the road where we could have easily maybe won a couple of those games," said Gaudreau, who has 20 points (13 goals, seven assists) during the home winning streak.

Included in the sell-out crowd was Gaudreau's younger brother Matt, who plays hockey at Boston College. The brothers fly home to New Jersey on Wednesday.

"Guys are really excited to head back home and see their families," Gaudreau said. "You could see how well we played tonight. It was a great effort from the whole team."

Gaudreau leads the Flames in goals (15) and points (37).

"I enjoy coaching him so much because not only is he skilled and a great scorer but he's a competitor," said Flames coach Bob Hartley. "Second, third, fourth effort , it doesn't bother him. He gets on the ice, he's on a mission out there."

Joe Colborne also scored for Calgary (16-16-2). The Flames, who have won eight of their last 10, continue their four-game homestand on Sunday against Edmonton.

Tyler Myers scored for Winnipeg (15-17-2), which has lost five straight on the road.

"It's frustrating, especially coming off a game last night where we played so well and we weren't able to get two points. …

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