Forward Jonathan Huberdeau had one of his best nights Thursday since joining the Calgary Flames in the summer of 2022 and will be able to build on the positives, especially since he still has the trust of the team’s fans.
Still struggling this season, the Quebec native unblocked himself somewhat during the game against the Vancouver Canucks, collecting a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. What’s more, this net – the veteran’s third of the campaign and the Flames’ fourth of the season. game – was received with warm cheers at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The crowd jumped when he beat goalkeeper Casey DeSmith in the final period, and his teammates congratulated him with great joy.
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“I agree, it’s nice to get this support from the viewers. They were patient, Huberdeau admitted to the “Calgary Sun” newspaper. It’s just one meeting, but I think it’s important to carry it over to the next meeting. I think Calgary is a great city compared to other markets. People support me and sometimes I see them, and they want to see my success. Certainly, it is pleasant to see.”
This performance and the club’s second consecutive victory also represent sources of hope for head coach Ryan Huska, even if his teams have a distinct chance to move up the ladder; The Flames are sixth in the National League Pacific Division and 11th in the Western Conference with a 6-8-2 record.
“We have great fans and they recognize the hard work. We saw that from him and when he was awarded, it was good. It’s been a long time for a player trying to find his way. So we’re all happy for him, it was great to see him score,” commented the pilot of the one who ended his 11 game goalless streak.
Relief in the locker room
Huberdeau is still far behind in the statistics of the 2021-2022 season. with his nine points in 16 appearances so far and will need to produce more to lead his team to the playoffs. However, his Flames teammates appreciated his return to success. And on Thursday, he showed his defensive skills when he intercepted an opponent’s pass in the last moments of the game. His pass to Elias Lindholm allowed him to push the puck into the empty cage.
“It’s great and it was also a great goal. “I know it was in an abandoned net, but ‘Hubey’ made a big play at the end when he grabbed a pass (from the Canucks) to see ‘Lindy,'” praised an elated Dillon Dube.
The Flames are back in front of their fans on Saturday when the New York Islanders come to Alberta.