Selfish shooters propel Flames to victory in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Huberdeau wasn’t sure he’d done this before.

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Dillon Dube did not expect to hear the end of it.

You never want to be accused of being a selfish teammate, but sometimes you just need to aim and shoot. That certainly proved true on Monday as the Calgary Flames continued their journey with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Huberdeau and Dube got the ball rolling by cashing in separate two-on-one runs, each pondering the pass before getting ripped instead.

“It’s like empty nets…” Flames associate coach Kirk Muller said after his team secured a second straight win. “We always say, ‘There’s a time you can be selfish in hockey, and that’s when the goaltender is taken out. So don’t look for that extra game, just bury it. And it’s the same for two against one. We discussed as a team the right opportunity and how to play and capitalize when you get those opportunities. We had a few in the first half, as you saw, and it makes a big difference when you bury it.

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Huberdeau and Dube, two guys who didn’t exactly fill the net this fall, were apparently paying attention to that pep talk.

Huberdeau has a reputation as a first pass and assists record to prove it, which is why everyone in the rink – including Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim – seemed to be expecting a flat on his run odds with scoring man Blake Colman. Huberdeau, however, called his own number, netting a shot between Carter Hart’s blocker and the far post.

“I kind of tried to keep it simple,” Huberdeau said after scoring his third of the season. “I don’t think I’ve ever shot a two-on-one. Colesy was open too, but it was good to score that one.

Calgary Flames forward Dillon Dube takes on Philadelphia Flyers forward Tanner Laczynski at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday, November 21, 2022.
Calgary Flames forward Dillon Dube takes on Philadelphia Flyers forward Tanner Laczynski at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday, November 21, 2022. Photo by Mitchell Leff /Getty Images

Calgary’s second strike was so similar, except Dube – after glancing at Nikita Zadorov, his company in this crusade – picked the top shelf on Hart’s glove side for his first goal since the first game.

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“It was a debate. I was up in the air on that one,” Dube admitted afterwards. “I actually shaded him a bit because I was going to pass it to him. But at that point, I turned off my brain and just shot the puck.

“(Zadorov) gives it to me all the time now. I love it, however. I told him that I had not succeeded because it was him.

The winner of Monday’s game came courtesy of workaholic defenseman Rasmus Andersson, also the hero two nights earlier in a shootout in Florida.

Andersson leaned in for a second-half slapper, a blast that not only looked down Joel Farabee’s stick, but actually snapped it in half. Hart was duped by this deviation.

The Flyers showed courage as they tried to avoid a seventh straight loss, but Jacob Markstrom made a clutch save on what could have been the even count, then Coleman – he scored his 400th game in career with a three-point pile-up – and Trevor Lewis sealed the result with a pair of empty nets in the final two minutes.

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For the hosts, it hasn’t helped that so many of their marquee names are currently out through injury, a list that includes Cam Atkinson, Sean Couturier and team boss Travis Konecny. It’s a wonder Gritty hasn’t been added to the active roster.

“It gives us confidence to win in such a tight game,” Dube said. “It was a tough game, so locking him there was important for us.”

Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday, November 21, 2022.
Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday, November 21, 2022. Photo by Mitchell Leff /Getty Images

AROUND THE BOARDS

The Flames, after improving to 9-7-2 with straight wins, have now reached the midpoint of this six-game roadie, their longest getaway of the season. Next up is Wednesday’s matchup with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (5:00 p.m. MT, Sportsnet One/Sportsnet 960 The Fan) … Crosby, by the way, is on a tear. He was hailed Monday as the NHL’s first star of the week after amassing 11 points — four goals and seven assists — in his last four outings. Gulp … Dube is one of those guys who needs to provide a secondary score for the Flames. So waiting until November for his second of the season is not what anyone had in mind. The 24-year-old buzzsaw buried on opening night but then sweated for 16 straight without scoring another. “It’s good, but I don’t think goals are the most important thing,” he said after the game. “Our group, when we were on that losing streak there, I think I was trying to take ownership and play better hockey and I think the last few games have been better, and that’s where the puck starts going into the net. I wasn’t playing well enough earlier. I did not create. I was not helping my teammates. I think lately has been much better. So it feels good to be rewarded for playing better.

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Kieffer Bellows dives past Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday, November 21, 2022.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Kieffer Bellows dives past Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday, November 21, 2022. Photo by Kyle Ross /USA TODAY Sports

OUT OF THE GLASS

Coleman is having a birthday next week. He wanted to celebrate that last milestone before then – and he did it in style with a goal and two assists. “I heard a joke I made there before I was 31,” he said with a smile. “It’s not the traditional path to reaching 400, but I’m extremely proud to play so many games in this league. It’s the best league in the world. To be rewarded with a good night and obviously most important, two wins on the road is good”… Flames right wing Brett Ritchie was a no-go for Monday’s game against the Flyers. As bench manager Darryl Sutter explained after morning practice: “He was injured twice (in Florida), so he has two minor injuries that he can’t skate today. Ritchie has been replaced on the fourth line by Kevin Rooney… Michael Stone has joined the Flames in Philadelphia, a sign that he should be back in action soon. Stone has missed eight in a row due to a lower-body injury… Stone’s replacement, Dennis Gilbert, isn’t shy about finger-piggling. The tough guy has dropped his gloves in three of his five appearances for the Flames, including Monday’s dance with Zack MacEwan.

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