The Morning After
We’ve Got A First: It’s not a usual first we highlight, but Connor Mackey made the most of his fourth fame of the season with the Flames. He collected an assist on Andrew Mangiapane’s second goal of the night, but he also dropped the gloves. In the second period Mackey was called for boarding and immediately had to answer the bell with Vancouver’s Jonah Gadjovich. It’s the first fight of his NHL career.
Debut Day: Adam Ruzicka made his NHL debut tonight after playing 28 games (11 G, 10A) for the Stockton Heat in 2021. Ruzicka would have 1 SOG, take one penalty and throw one hit in 9:46 of TOI.
Lucic Does It Again: Milan Lucic scored the Flames second goal of the night, giving him 10 on the season. It’s the eight time he’s scored 10+ goals in a season and the first time since 2017-18 when he was a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
Still Hot: As the season winds down, Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm continue to pile up the points. Johnny Gaudreau has an assist, giving him at least a point in 12 of his last 14 games. Lindholm had a goal and an assist giving him a point in 11 of his last 15.