Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gaudreau, Elliott Power Flames Past Canadiens 5-0; Calgary Wins Eighth Straight

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gaudreau, Elliott Power Flames Past Canadiens 5-0; Calgary Wins Eighth Straight

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Gaudreau, Elliott power Flames past Habs 5-0

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CALGARY - After a miserable start to the season for Johnny Gaudreau and Brian Elliott, both have played key roles in the Calgary Flames' resurgence.

Gaudreau had a goal and three assists and Elliott had 24 saves for his first shutout as Calgary beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-0 on Thursday night, extending the Flames' winning streak to eight games.

Up 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes, Gaudreau assisted on all three second period goals as the Flames blew the game open. He capped off his night with his 14th goal at 16:12 of the third period.

Head coach Glen Gulutzan was proud of his team's methodical play in the final period, preserving Elliott's first shutout with the Flames.

"No one says it on the bench, no one says the word. But everybody knew what we were playing for," said Gulutzan. "I don't think we turned the puck over in the third. We just wanted to make sure that we were playing the right way the whole way. That was a complete game."

Elliott, playing his finest hockey of the season, improves to 11-1-1 in his last 13 starts. He has a .931 save percentage over that span. He is 19-13-3 on the season.

"It's just fun to be on this ride right now with the guys," Elliott said. "Personally, you want to stay playing well and feeling good seeing the puck. When the guys are playing like they are in front of you, you just stop a couple and they do the rest."

Gaudreau has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) during the eight wins. What's made the difference has been Micheal Ferland, who joined the line with Gaudreau and Sean Monahan in the first game of the streak.

"He's been a great fit for us," Gaudreau said about Ferland, whose second period goal gives him six goals during since the trio was formed. "We have to just keep building some chemistry and go from there."

Monahan had a goal and an assist giving him nine points over this same stretch. …

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