It was the 11th assist for Gaudreau, who leads the team with 14 points.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are now the only team Westbrook hasn’t recorded a triple-double against, after he notched his third of the season and 82nd of his career in a 101-69 win over the Bulls.

Benjamin never turned into the next Megatron, for sure, and losing a year to an ACL tear didn’t help. But having him looks, on the surface, better than not having him. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane, who were on site in Carolina when Benjamin was drafted, seemed to think the Bills were better off with Benjamin than without. They’re 5-2 with their sights set on more.

The Panthers are 5-3. Their sights are set on … what, exactly? The negative is pretty obvious, to borrow Cam’s phrase. The optimism, not so much.

Monahan converted Gaudreau’s pass for the go-ahead goal 9:09 into the third period Sunday night and the Calgary Flames broke a four-game home losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

After not finding anyone open as he carried the puck toward the net, Gaudreau curled back at the faceoff dot and tried again, this time spotting Monahan alone at the far post. All the Flames’ leading goal scorer had to do was slide in his sixth of the season.

“That’s Johnny. We see it day-in, day-out. He’s got great hands and he’s got quick feet. He reads the game better than anyone I know,” Monahan said. “If you get open in a quiet area you’re usually going to find the puck.”

Micheal Ferland, the third member of Calgary’s top line, scored the other goal for the Flames.heat_053

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