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Jonathan Huberdeau scores his first goal since November 20
New year, new Jonathan Huberdeau.

The Quebecer, who hadn’t scored since November 20, has just scored a goal.

His first in 18 games.

Huberdeau took advantage of a Wild defensive error to score a beautiful goal, anyway.

Finally, he deserves his $10.5 million contract.

Okay, maybe not, but he’s starting the new year off on the right foot by scoring right off the bat. In his last game, he scored his first point of December. And the very next game, his goal drought came to an end.

So he’s on the right track. He’s got to keep it up now.

It’s true that not playing with Aleksander Barkov hurts, but Elias Lindholm and Yegor Sharangovich aren’t bad either. The three were reunited for the first time this season in the last game.

Let’s not forget that the former Panthers player is finishing the first year of an 8-year/$84 million contract. His 16 points in 36 games (before tonight’s games) are not a desired production for a player of his caliber.

Let’s see if tonight’s game against the Wild will revive him once and for all. The Flames, five points away from a spring tournament appearance, are counting on him.

In brief

– Every defenseman on the team has scored this season.

– Victory for Montreal in their first LPHF game. Claire Dalton scored the first goal in the concession’s history.

– Lane Hutson is in her own world.

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