While he did go the last two games without a point, Sean Monahan‘s been on a roll overall lately. That mini-slump followed a five-game goal streak that also included two assists.
It’s true that runs like that involve some luck, but the young Calgary Flames star showed while there’s also skill involved with an absurd goal against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. This marks Monahan’s 16th goal of 2016-17.
Also note that, while he didn’t score a goal, Dougie Hamilton made a great move of his own to grab the primary assist. It was a bit perplexing that the Flames and other observers lost sight of Hamilton as a net-positive earlier this season, yet his knack for (mostly?) finding the right times to be aggressive really seems to be paying off for Calgary lately.
If they can get put this altogether more often, the Flames might just end up being a dark horse candidate in the West. Granted, there remain plenty of “ifs.”
Updated: Johnny Gaudreau ended up scoring the 3-2 overtime winner as the Flames edged the Senators on Thursday.