Johnny Gaudreau led a diverse attack by scoring four points and the Calgary Flames signed a convincing 5-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night.
The Flames scored an eighth consecutive win while ending the sequence of six triumphs of Claude Julien’s men.
Dominating early in the game against a diminished and private formation of caretaker Carey Price, disabled by a virus, the Flames put the meeting out of reach thanks to three goals in the second period against Al Montoya.
The latter was more often than not abandoned to his fate by a defensive brigade, sometimes porous.
Gaudreau has garnered assists on all three goals, defender Michael Stone, Sean Monahan and Micheal Ferland. The Monahan and Ferland nets were entered in a 26-second interval with just over four minutes remaining in the median period.
Gaudreau crowned his pompful evening working with his 14th of the season at 16:12 of the third period.
Defender Mark Giordano, with his 10th of the campaign in the middle of the first engagement, managed the other net of the Flames.
In addition to Gaudreau, Monahan (1-1), Stone (1-1) and Michael Frolik (0-2) also had a productive match.
The Flames led 38 shots to Montoya, compared to 24 for the Canadian in the direction of Brian Elliott, who made his first shutout since March 25, 2016.
The Canadian, who had to cope without Alexander Radulov, Tomas Plekanec and Brian Flynn, all injured, is only two points ahead of the Ottawa Senators, who defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 extension.
Claude Julien’s men total 84 points in 68 games compared to 82 points in 66 Senators games.
The Canadian will complete his four-game overseas tour by visiting the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.