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NHL - US Sports: Gaudreau happy to share responsibility

In-form forward Johnny Gaudreau says he isn't the only one that the Calgary Flames can rely on as they beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday to extend their lead to five points at the top of the Pacific Division.

The Flames, 17/2 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, had two goals and one assist from Gaudreau to begin a four-game road trip with victory over their closest divisional rival.

Gaudreau shines again

The tally took the 28-year-old's season contribution to 95 points which ranks fourth of all players in the NHL and is just four points shy of his career best (99) set in 2018/19.

Gaudreau's 61 assists are fifth most of all NHL players and his 34 goals have him 14th overall.

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Monday's fixture was Gaudreau's 13th with at least three points, tying Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers for the NHL lead.

With a goal against the Kings, fellow forward Elias Lindholm (35 goals, 35 assists) became the third Flames player to reach 70 points this season, joining Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk (85 points; 32 goals, 53 assists).

Only the Colorado Avalanche, who lead the NHL standings have more, with four players.

Gaudreau said to the media after the win over the Kings: "I think everyone wants to be that guy on our team. Obviously tonight it was me and Lindy had a big goal, too.

"We've had a lot of contributions from a lot of guys throughout the year this year, so you can't really stick it on one guy."

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