Rookie Johnny Gaudreau scores two quick goals to lead Flames past Oilers 4-1



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CALGARY, Alberta — When Johnny Gaudreau scores a goal on home ice, the Calgary Flames play Chuck Berry's song Johnny B. Goode.

That song was heard twice Saturday night as the exciting Calgary rookie continued his strong play in recent weeks in which "good" would be an understatement.

Making it six goals in the last three games, Gaudreau scored his 11th and 12th of the season to lead the Flames to a 4-1 victory over Edmonton, extending the Oilers latest winless streak to nine games.

"I'm pretty excited about getting the chance to score some goals," said Gaudreau, who won the Hobey Baker Award last year with Boston College. "They weren't coming throughout the first 20, 30 games of the season. I was kind off to a slow start but it's nice to see the puck going in the net."

Saturday's two goals come on the heels of Gaudreau's hat trick in Tuesday's 4-3 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

"I think that might have been the quickest I've ever scored two goals," said Gaudreau, who is second in rookie scoring with 29 points, five behind the leader, Nashville's Filip Forsberg. "Our line is playing really well and the team is playing pretty well right now, too, so we have to keep it up."

Gaudreau's goals came 16 seconds apart early in the first period as the Flames blew the game open with three goals in less than two minutes.

Up 1-0 on Joe Colborne's first of the year at 7:08, Gaudreau made it 2-0 at 8:32 capitalizing on an Oilers turnover.

When Mark Arcobello's pass through his own slot was mishandled by David Perron, Gaudreau pounced on the loose puck and quickly broke in alone on Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth, beating him with a nifty move to his backhand.

Gaudreau's second goal of the night, also on a breakaway, came on a perfect feed from TJ Brodie, who wired him a pass from behind the Flames net that hit on the tape at the Oilers blue-line.

"(Brodie) sees the ice so well. When you see him back there behind the net it's hard not to go flying up the ice because he definitely sees you," Gaudreau said.

In alone on Fasth yet again, this time Gaudreau had the puck bobble off his stick but still trickle through the pads of Fasth.

"I've got to stop at least one of those to keep us in the game but I didn't," said Fasth, who was immediately pulled after that goal by coach Todd Nelson and replaced with Ben Scrivens.

Curtis Glencross also scored for Calgary (19-15-3), which has won consecutive games after ending an eight-game winless skid.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the lone goal for the Oilers (7-22-7), who are winless in their last nine (0-7-2).

"In this league, it's so hard to come back from even just one or two goals so to spot them three is unfortunate," said Nugent-Hopkins. "Especially on the road, the home team is buzzing, the crowd is going, it made it really tough for us to come back even though we tried pretty hard."

Dating back to Nov. 11, Edmonton has won just once in its last 21 games (1-14-6). Since taking over coaching duties when Dallas Eakins was fired, Nelson is 0-3-2.

Notes: The Flames record for two fastest goals by the same player is held by Lanny McDonald, who scored six seconds apart on March 22, 1984. ... Calgary scored three first-period goals for the first time since March 12. ... With rookies Gaudreau and Josh Jooris both having hat tricks in December, it's the first time since Boston's Steve Heinze and Joe Juneau in January 1993 that two rookies teammates have recorded a hat trick in the same month.

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