A nice 5 day break would have been the perfect tonic for a slight of stature Johnny Gaudreau, given his college penchant of only suiting up for 40 some games a season. The dog days are upon us, and a guy used to playing half seasons is due to wear out, especially if said player is giving up 6 inches and 60 pounds to the average NHLer he’s staring down.
Or perhaps not.
Gaudreau came back from the all star festivities with more drive, confidence, and swagger after brushing shoulders with the games’ best, scoring twice to pace the Flames to a 4-1 win over the sputtering Buffalo Sabres.
He’s made a hockey career of moving his game to the next level when challenged. He’s not used to going backward after adjusting forward. The Sabres are certainly backward.
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