Hockey Night in Canada

Recap

Johnny Gaudreau's power-play goal secures another Flames' rally

Johnny Gaudreau's power-play goal with 10:23 left lifted the Calgary Flames to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Calgary hands Red Wings a 6th straight loss

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period on Wednesday. (Paul Sancya/The Associated Press)

Johnny Gaudreau capped a memorable day with another splendid performance.

Gaudreau had a goal and three assists, and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Gaudreau was named the NHL's second star for the month of December — and he was part of the Pacific Division All-Star roster, which was also released Wednesday.

"This was obviously a pretty wild day," Gaudreau said. "Winning was the best part, though."

Detroit led 2-0 after one period, but the Flames came back to hand the Red Wings their sixth straight loss. Sean Monahan, TJ Brodie, Elias Lindholm and Michael Frolik also scored for Calgary.

Darren Helm, Jacob de la Rose and Andreas Athanasiou scored for Detroit.

Gaudreau put the Flames ahead 4-3 midway through the third with a power-play goal after a slick play by Matthew Tkachuk, who stickhandled below the goal line and then slipped a pass between goalie Jimmy Howard and the side of the net. Gaudreau was in front to tap in the puck for his 22nd goal of the season.

"We knew we had to be a lot better in the second and third periods, but we have the confidence to know we could do that," said Gaudreau, who kept right on rolling after finishing with 11 goals and 15 assists in December.

Watch Gaudreau lead the Flames to victory:

Johnny Gaudreau had a 4-point night as the Calgary Flames came from behind to hand the Red Wings their 6th straight loss with a 5-3 win in Detroit. 2:04

Frolik scored into an empty net with 17.7 seconds remaining.

"I thought we got better as it went," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "It wasn't a Picasso, but we'll take the two points."

The Flames have 54 points, most in the Western Conference.

Helm, who missed the previous 21 games with an upper-body injury, marked his return with a goal in the first period. He and Athanasiou came in on a 2-on-1 break. Rather than passing, Helm dragged the puck past a sliding defenceman, switched to his backhand and beat goalie Mike Smith.

'It should never go in'

The Red Wings made it 2-0 on a goalmouth scramble. Detroit's Michael Rasmussen hacked at the puck, and it bounced off de la Rose and in.

Calgary rallied in the second. Monahan made it 2-1 with his 22nd goal of the season, and Brodie tied it when his routine shot from the point bounced off Howard's glove and in with 2:01 left in the period.

"It should never go in, so it's on me," said Howard, who is among the Atlantic Division All-Stars.

Brodie's goal started a wild stretch in which three goals were scored in just more than a minute. Athanasiou had a step on Oliver Kylington when the Calgary defenceman hooked him. Officials awarded a penalty shot that Athanasiou converted for his 14th goal of the season.

The Flames quickly tied it at 3 when Lindholm beat Howard with a wrist shot on the power play with just under a minute left in the period.

"You get to points where you're fragile. We can pretend that's not true but that's not what happened," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "We have control over that, have control of playing shift by shift, believing in ourselves, carrying ourselves with confidence, making the plays at the big moments instead of the other way."

Detroit's Dylan Larkin had his 14-game point streak snapped.

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