A tough loss in Gaudreau's return.
Johnny Gaudreau recorded two primary helpers in his return to Calgary but the Flames beat the Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime at Scotiabank Saddledome Monday.
While the Flames dominated the first period, Gaudreau intercepted a pass from MacKenzie Weegar and raced in on a breakaway where he was hooked and awarded a penalty shot but missed wide at 5:14.
The Flames honored Gaudreau's time with Calgary with a tribute video.
Calgary opened the scoring at 16:18 on a blast from Walker Duehr from the right circle that beat Joonas Korpisalo, who was the best Blue Jacket in the first period, through the five-hole.
The Flames nearly doubled their lead after a defensive-zone giveaway by Patrik Laine at 19:51 that led to a shot by Trevor Lewis at 19:53 that was stopped by Korpisalo and a shot from Weegar that hit the post at 19:59.
After one period, the Flames led 1-0 and outshot the Blue Jackets 17-7.
Nazem Kadri doubled Calgary's lead at 1:32 after he found a loose puck that misplayed and turned around in the slot and fired a shot past Korpisalo.
Kent Johnson had a chance to put the Blue Jackets on the board at 6:54 with a shot on a two-on-one rush but it was denied by Dan Vladar.
The Jackets did get on the board on the power play at 9:04 when Kirill Marchenko fired a wrist from the right circle past the glove of Vladar after receiving a cross-ice feed from Gaudreau.
Just 49 seconds later, at 9:53, Laine tied the game with a one-timer from the left circle on the power play off a cross-ice saucer pass from Gaudreau.
The Flames nearly took a 3-2 lead at 15:14 on the power play when Jakob Pelletier had a golden opportunity from the left doorstep but he was robbed by the right pad of Korpisalo.
Andrew Mangiapane scored on a turn-around shot from the slot after a defensive-zone giveaway by Nick Blankenburg at 16:17 to put Calgary ahead.
Calgary took a 3-2 lead into the third period along with a 32-16 edge in shots on goal.
Boone Jenner tied the game at 4:34 with a wrist shot off the left post and in from the left circle on a two-on-one.
Gaudreau nearly broke through with a goal at 9:22 when he deflected Andrew Peeke's shot off the post.
Calgary had a chance of its own to take the lead but Kadri was robbed by Korpisalo from in front of the net at 9:49.
The teams couldn't settle a winner through 60 minutes as they headed to overtime tied at three with Calgary leading 45-23 in shots on goal.
After Laine and Gaudreau couldn't score on an offensive rush, Dillon Dube scored a one-timer from the right circle on a two-on-one feed from Mangiapane at 2:25.
With the loss, the Jackets fall to 14-30-3.
- Shots on Goal: CBJ 25-49 CGY
- Faceoff %: CBJ 42.3-57.7 CGY
- Power play: CBJ 2/4-0/2 CGY
- Takeaways: CBJ 3-12 CGY
- Giveaways: CBJ 12-8 CGY
- Blocked shots: CBJ 22-12 CGY
- Hits: CBJ 11-17 CGY
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 1.99-3.63 CGY
- Chances (CF): CBJ 37-72 CGY
- Shots (SF): CBJ 20-40 CGY
- Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 24-40 CGY
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 8-12 CGY
No players left tonight's game with injuries.
The Blue Jackets will stay in Alberta and take on the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT.
The club travels to Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Friday at 10 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.