Calgary Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau dedicates goal to grandfather who died the day before
Calgary Flames star Johnny Gaudreau pumped his fists several times and gave a huge smile after he scored a power-play goal in the first period against the Florida Panthers Sunday afternoon.
But his reaction was about more than giving his team a 1-0 lead while it's in a tight playoff race in the Western Conference.
Gaudreau revealed after the game that he was scoring the goal, the 150th of his career, for his late grandfather.
He had found out after Saturday afternoon's 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning that his paternal grandfather, John Guy Gaudreau, had died earlier in the day.
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"It was kind of a tough day, but it was nice to find the net there for him in the first," Gaudreau told reporters. "It sucks losing people, but I was pretty pumped up to get that one for him."
The goal ended up being the game winner as Cam Talbot made 38 saves for a 3-0 victory. The win moved the Flames into third place in the Pacific Division.
"He watched a lot of my games and was always a big supporter of me and my brother playing hockey," Gaudreau said of his grandfather. "So it was a special time to find the net there and just emotional. It was really cool."
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