Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gaudreau Snaps Goal Drought to Help Flames Double Up Islanders 4-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gaudreau Snaps Goal Drought to Help Flames Double Up Islanders 4-2

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Gaudreau helps Flames double up Islanders

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CALGARY - The drought is over for Johnny Gaudreau.

Gaudreau's first goal in 10 games and 30th of the season was one of two third-period goals for the Calgary Flames in a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

Austin Czarnik, with his third goal in as many games, broke a 2-2 tie 6:10 into the third and Gaudreau scored 29 seconds later on a power play.

"I probably could have found the net with two or three different looks I had. Just the way it's been going," said Gaudreau, the team's leading scorer who tied his career-high for goals set in 2015-16.

The goal came on a wicked slapshot into the top corner, just eight seconds into a man advantage.

"I had a pretty good lane there. It was a good play up top, across the zone. I had a lot of time and a lot of space and I just wired it," Gaudreau said.

Calgary dominated the first two periods, outshooting New York 21-6, but the Flames only led by one goal. The Islanders tied it 2-2 on Anders Lee's 20th goal 1:18 into the third.

But it was tied for less than five minutes.

"That's probably as good as we've played on the defensive side," said Travis Hamonic, who had a goal against his former team. "We're confident and when you're playing good teams like that, you have to show up and we did, right from the start."

Hamonic's goal at 15:59 of the first made it 2-0 for the home side.

"I'd be lying if I didn't say it felt good," said the Flames defenceman. "So many good friends and so much fun and great memories on Long Island so to be able to put one in tonight, it obviously feels good."

Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary (37-16-7). Elias Lindholm had an assist to extend his point streak to six games (two goals, seven assists). The Flames have won three straight after going winless in four and continue to lead both the Pacific Division and Western Conference. …

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