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Calgary fans briefly stop booing to cheer on the return of Johnny Goudreau

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Johnny Goudreau He caught a penalty and two assists, and played a role on his new team forcing his old team into overtime.

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But his first game in Calgary after leaving to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets in free agency ended with Goudreau pressured and off balance after a collision and sightings. Dillon Doby Score a one-time win in flames 4-3 overtime victory Mondays at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

First time back [brought] “A lot of emotions,” Goudreau told reporters after the match. “I was a little nervous before the match started, but I was excited to be back.”

Gaudreau’s night can be seen through his public performance and the spectacle surrounding his comeback.

Calgary led 2-0 when Columbus eventually tied it midway through the second period. Gaudreau, who scored a team-high 22:54 in ice time, set up the first goal with a cross-ice pass for Kirill Marchenko With 10:56 left.

The Blue Jackets tied it up at 2 less than a minute later with Gaudreau setting up another cross pass that led to Patrick Lane Score on one timer with 10:08 remaining.

Gaudreau was also on the ice for the Jackets’ tying goal less than five minutes into the third period.

Gaudreau played the last shift in regulation and on the last shift of overtime before his second shift eventually ended with a collision with him. Noah Hanifenwhich forced a turnover that led to Andrew Manjiappan Dube game winner setup.

Coming back from only two goals down to be in the center of action leading up to the winning goal was just part of what made Gaudreau’s first game in Calgary since leaving the Flames so captivating.

Goudreau and the Blue Jackets sang with shouts as they took to the ice before the national anthem. The game started on the line with Lin’s Jack Roslovic before being booed at the first touch.

His second transformation was marked by the cacophony of “JOHN-NY! JOHN-NY! JOHN-NY!” While his next shift showed what makes him one of the league’s most dangerous players. The flames were in the Blue Jackets area when the pass was errant Mackenzie Weigher It was chosen by Gaudreau, who was addicted to it Chris Tanev before being awarded a penalty.

Boos continued to cascade around the Saddledome as Gaudreau collected the puck and closed the net only to blast his shot wide ruling day14:46 glove remained in the first period. Gaudreau capitalized on another Flames mistake in his fourth shift when he controlled the puck, sprinted off the left wing and fired a slap shot that flew off Vladdar’s mask and into the crowd.

The boos continued at the beginning of his video, but Goudreau received a standing ovation before the cameras cut to him on the video board. Gaudreau, who was on the bench, stood up and thanked the fans by waving to them.

Then they went back to booing him for the rest of the evening.

“For the most part, it was great to see everyone standing up, clapping their hands, and cheering for me,” said Goudreau. “And then five seconds later, start booing again. That’s what I expected coming here. It’s a great fanbase, and they’re passionate fans. I loved it. It was a special night for me.”

“I think it just goes to show what a good player he was and how important he is to this organisation, because you don’t get a reaction like that if you’re not that important,” said Dube.

Gaudreau’s return to Calgary came with the reactions expected of a player’s first game at his former home along with some unique elements. In the morning, a few of the Blue Jackets booed Gaudreau, who laughed and smiled, when he touched the puck as a way to “prep” him for the game.

Then of course there were the tags. One sign read “I’m still your No. 1 fan Johnny Goudreau” followed by an offer to trade in Goudreau’s stick for some Skittles. Another banner read: “We drove three HRS hours just to shoot Gaudreau.”

There were also iconic fans in their Gaudreau jackets, with the “BOODREAU” nameplate on one of them.

“For the most part, it was nice to see everyone standing up and clapping their hands and cheering for me. And then five seconds later, you start booing again. That’s what I expected coming here. It’s a great fanbase and they’re such passionate fans. I loved it. It was a special night for me.” “.

Johnny Goudreau

“We knew it was going to be in that kind of environment,” said Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen. “Johnny had an excellent game.”

Before he was the object of their scorn, Gaudreau was one of the most beloved faces in the franchise. He was a fourth-round pick in 2011 and had concerns about being an undersized player. He banished those concerns by being one of the best players in the collegiate game, winning the Hobey Baker Award his junior season at Boston College.

He left BC after three seasons and scored 20 goals along with 64 points in his first full professional season, which led to his being named to the NHL All-Star and All-Rookie Team. It was the first of six All-Star Games he has made with the Flames.

Gaudreau was a three-time leading scorer with 30 goals, and Gaudreau’s final season in Calgary was the strongest of his career. He finished with career highs in goals (40), assists (75) and points (115) while also scoring nine game-winning goals. It set the stage for Gaudreau’s unfettered free agency being one of the offseason’s most notable stories.

The Flames were already preparing for life without waiting for the restricted free agent wing Matthew Tkachuk, who told them he would not sign a long-term extension, which led to him being traded to the Florida Panthers. The expectation surrounding Gaudreau’s free agency saga was that it would likely end with his signing somewhere closer to his hometown of Carneys Point Township, New Jersey, across the Delaware River than Philadelphia.

Instead of signing with the Philadelphia Flyers or the New Jersey Devils, Gaudreau surprisingly decided to sign with the Blue Jackets on a seven-year contract worth $9.75 million in annual average.

Life without Gaudreau and Tkachuk created questions about how the Flames would score. Finding consistent offensive production remains a challenge for a team sitting in the last wild card western spot, two points behind the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, who have three games in hand.

As for the Blue Jackets, their first season with Gaudreau didn’t go to plan. Key players such as All-Star forward Jakub Vuriček and two-time All-Star defenseman Zach Verinski have suffered long-term injuries. Verinski is on injured reserve for a long time, while Voracik is one of five Blue Jackets at IR.

Even with the overtime point, the Blue Jackets are last in the Eastern Conference and tied with the Anaheim Ducks for the fewest points in the NHL. But it also means they’re among the top contenders for the draft lottery and Conor Bedard’s expected No. 1 pick.

“I was recruited in 2011. I’ve been part of this organization for 11 or 12 years,” said Goudreau. “They have given me an endless amount of support, they have given our team an endless amount of support, and I want to thank them all for being such great fans and for welcoming me to their city and treating them so well – me and my family, really well.”

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