Flames finally return to top form with big win over red-hot Panthers

Four points for Johnny Gaudreau, three for Matthew Tkachuk, two for the Calgary Flames and one hell of a way to snap a four-game losing skid.

Forget about measuring-stick games, this was simply a measured approach to the type of game the Flames needed to get back to.

Few could have predicted they’d do it against Sam Bennett and the white-hot Florida Panthers, who’ve spent the last month averaging six goals a game.

Yet, there they were, returning to the recipe that had the Flames atop the NHL standings six weeks earlier, winning 5-1 over a team that stood at the top entering play on Tuesday night.

Showing no signs of the play that landed them losses in eight of their previous 10, the Flames got back to the complete team effort that has eluded them the last month.

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Everything wrong with the club of late went right Tuesday.


• The power play, which has limped into 2022, scored twice early, including the game-opener less than five minutes in when Rasmus Andersson scored his first of the season.

• Sean Monahan, who has been struggling all season , scored twice, and made several big plays to remind people of the finish he used to exhibit far more than the six times he’s done so…

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