Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gaudreau Notches Hat Trick as Flames Snap Three-Game Skid with 4-1 Win over Jets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gaudreau Notches Hat Trick as Flames Snap Three-Game Skid with 4-1 Win over Jets

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Gaudreau burns Jets for hat trick as Flames win

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WINNIPEG - Johnny Gaudreau got the hat trick, but he heaped praise on netminder David Rittich.

Rittich made 35 saves as the Calgary Flames ended a three-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

"I think Ritter, Dave Rittich, played out of his mind tonight," Gaudreau said.

"He made some big saves and kept us in that game. It could have easily been 2-2, 3-3 there, going late into the third. He played unbelievable tonight and got us that win."

Mark Jankowski had a shorthanded, third-period goal for Calgary (23-12-3), which was 0-2-1 heading into the game. Sean Monahan contributed three assists and Elias Lindholm added a pair.

Adam Lowry scored for the Jets, who had won their previous two games and had a four-game win streak at home halted.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots for Winnipeg (24-11-2).

Gaudreau's last hat trick was on Dec. 22, 2015, coincidentally in a 4-1 victory over the Jets.

His first goal was actually a redirection by Jets forward Patrik Laine, who stuck out his stick to block a Gaudreau pass attempt to Lindholm, but the puck went by Hellebuyck. His third goal was into an empty net.

Just before the empty-netter with 2:06 left in the game, Gaudreau was slashed on the arm by Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien, who got a penalty.

Gaudreau left the ice in discomfort, but told reporters he was "fine." However, he was surprised at the timing of Byfuglien's stick work.

"You know, it's part of hockey. I mean, it won't be the last time I'm slashed," Gaudreau said. "Just kind of surprised. I had a foot or two on him, so I didn't think I was going to get a stick to the arm, but I found the empty net and that's the way it goes."

The Jets are still first in the NHL Western Conference, one point ahead of Calgary. …

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