When the Calgary Flames entered the third period on Tuesday night they found themselves actually trailing the New Jersey Devils, a team with a depleted roster that had entered the night on a six-game losing streak.
Not the best situation to be in when you are trying to win a division championship and keep pace with a San Jose Sharks team that already won earlier in the night.
Apparently they got the message that level of play was not going to be good enough because they erupted for six goals in the final 20 minutes to roll to a 9-4 win.
The star of the night for the Flames was their top offensive player, Johnny Gaudreau, as he recorded the NHL’s first six-point game since the 2013-14 season by scoring three goals (giving him 33 on the season) and adding three assists. He is now up to 90 points on the season and is tied for third in the points race with Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
Before Gaudreau on Tuesday night, the most recent six-point game in the NHL belonged to Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn who did it on Nov. 14, 2013. It is only the 14th such performance since the 2005-06 season and only the fourth since 2010. So it is a pretty rare accomplishment in today’s NHL.
With still 12 games remaining in the 2018-19 season Gaudreau has already set new career-highs in every offensive category and is currently on pace for 105 points this season.