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CALGARY James Neal Jersey , Alberta (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau matched a career-high with four points, all in the first period, and found a spot in the Calgary Flames‘ record book.Gaudreau’s goal and three assists, along with Matthew Tkachuk’s two goals and two assists, helped the Flames take over top spot in the Pacific Division with a 7-2 rout of the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night.Calgary is even in points with the San Jose Sharks, but have one more regulation/overtime win.“He’s a dynamic player and he’s a very creative player and he sees it,” Flames coach Bill Peters said of Gaudreau. “There’s not a whole bunch of them that have the ability to slow the game down and buy time for guys to get open and he’s got it.”Calgary blew the game open early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first period. Gaudreau became the 10th player in franchise history, and first since Olli Jokinen on Feb. 14, 2011, to register four points in a period.Gaudreau’s handiwork began 2:36 into the game when he set up Tkachuk, who also matched his career best in points. Tkachuk whipped a 20-foot wrist shot past Malcolm Subban for a power-play goal.Gaudreau made it 2-0 at 6:49, ripping a shot over Subban’s glove to complete a tic-tac-to passing sequence with linemates Elias Lindholm and Monahan.“Smart play by a smart player,” said Gaudreau, describing Lindholm’s play that began the sequence. “He’s 20 to 30 feet ahead of us and he has a one-on-two, pulls up, finds (Monahan), next thing you know it’s a two-on-two then I’m coming in the play and it’s a three-on-two. For him to have that awareness, he’s pretty smart.”Gaudreau pounced on a turnover in the Vegas slot and set up Monahan’s one-timer for a 3-0 lead at 10:59, then capped off his record-tying period by setting up Monahan’s second of the period and team-leading 12th goal.“He’s a big-time threat to take the puck to the net and then when he pulls up and delays, you’ve got guys with good timing coming late, that’s when you see all those seam passes and East-West passes,” Peters said. “All of a sudden Jonathan Marchessault Jersey , the goaltender is out playing the shooter and it’s a long lateral pass and he can’t get across.”TJ Brodie and Sam Bennett rounded out the scoring for Calgary (12-8-1), which plays Vegas again on Friday.Nick Holden and Max Pacioretty scored third-period goals for the Golden Knights, who were coming off a 6-3 win in Edmonton on Sunday“It’s hard to believe that this happened tonight, the way we played last night but that’s hockey,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “It’s pretty disappointing and I hope they’re disappointed because they didn’t show up.”For the Flames, who lead the league with six third-period comebacks, Monahan says it was nice to play from in front for a change.“It’s fun, obviously, when you’re putting the puck in the net and you’re winning like that. That’s the best part of hockey,” said Monahan. “This is a team, I think we needed a win like that.”Second-year Czech goaltender David Rittich made 20 saves to improve to 7-1-0. It was the second start in a row for the 26-year-old Rittich, who is getting more playing time with veteran Mike Smith struggling.Subban went the distance for Vegas, finishing with 25 stops. After going 13-4-2 as a rookie last season, Subban has lost all four starts this season.“I don’t have any answers for you right now, but we’re supposed to be a fast team and it’s probably the slowest we played all year,” Vegas winger Reilly Smith said.NOTES: Flames RW James Neal has gone without a point in his last seven games and is stuck at 499 career points. He has just four points (one goal, three assists) in 21 games since signing a five-year, $28.75 million contract in the summer.UP NEXTGolden Knights: At Arizona on Wednesday night.Flames: Host Winnipeg on Wednesday night. MOSCOW (AP) Most, but not all, of Russia’s top sports stars are backing Vladimir Putin in this weekend’s presidential election.Ahead of Sunday’s vote, a host of Olympic gold medalists and NHL player Alex Ovechkin have thrown their support behind Putin. Ovechkin even launched a ”Putin Team” campaign on social media.On the other side, there’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov.The former No. 1-ranked tennis player is the only major Russian athlete to back opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been barred from taking part in the election.With Putin poised to win as much as 70 percent of the vote Marc-Andre Fleury Jersey , according to state pollsters, Kafelnikov told The Associated Press he won’t vote. Navalny has called on his supporters to boycott what he sees as an unfair election.”You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand (that Putin will win),” said the 44-year-old Kafelnikov, who stopped playing professionally in 2003. ”My choice, who I was willing to give my voice to at the election, he was not allowed to run for the presidency.”Sports stars have long been a fixture in Russian political campaigns, while boxer Nikolai Valuev and tennis player Marat Safin are among a host of athletes who have represented the United Russia party in parliament. Kafelnikov said he, too, was approached in 2003 to take a parliamentary seat for the party, but declined because he felt he wouldn’t be allowed to express his real views.”After two days thinking, I thought something is a bit dodgy and I don’t want to be involved,” he said. ”My voice isn’t going to be counted as whatever I think. So I said I don’t want to be there just for pressing the button (to vote).”Athletes are being increasingly exploited as symbols of prestige for those in power, Kafelnikov said.”I always thought sports and politics should not collide together on the same path, should be completely separate. Unfortunately as of late … someone’s using the professional athletes for their own benefit,” he said. ”I’ve been always open-minded and people obviously know that Yevgeny Kafelnikov is not for sale. There is no chance that I could sell myself for something like this.”I’m sure other athletes who are supporting so-called Putin’s team, they do have a choice but they’ve chosen the path which they’re comfortable with. I’m not going to judge each one, why they did this.”Kafelnikov’s 24,000 followers on Twitter are treated to a mix of political commentary, occasional banter between him and Navalny, and copious chat about Kafelnikov’s beloved Spartak Moscow soccer team.It’s a contrast to Ovechkin’s Instagram, where the Washington Capitals forward launched his Putin Team in November. It started as a loose affiliation of athletes and other celebrities sharing a hashtag, but has since become a formal campaign organization which held a rally Sunday in central Moscow’s Gorky Park.Ovechkin said in November he had ”a good relationship” with Putin, who gave Ovechkin and his wife a tea set when they married last July.”I just support my country Nate Schmidt Jersey , you know? That’s where I’m from, my parents live there, all my friends,” Ovechkin said. ”Like every human from different countries, they support their president.”Golos, a non-governmental organization which monitors possible election violations, flagged up Sunday’s Putin Team rally. Promises of free gifts for attendees could be seen as bribery, the watchdog said.Putin Team did not respond to a request for comment on that accusation. It also hasn’t said who funds the organization, which has offered valuable prizes such as GoPro cameras to its supporters.Besides Ovechkin’s group, Putin also has soccer goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, heavyweight boxer Alexander Povetkin and biathlon champion Anton Shipulin as registered campaign surrogates.Putin held a rally on March 3 at Moscow’s vast Luzhniki Stadium, which will host the soccer World Cup final in July. With him was 15-year-old figure skating gold medalist Alina Zagitova, fresh from the Olympics in Pyeongchang, and the entire gold medal-winning men’s hockey team. Zagitova’s participation prompted concerns from some opposition activists that the Putin campaign was improperly using a child for electioneering.Putin himself practiced judo in his youth, and some of his former partners went on to become billionaires under his rule. Now he tends to play hockey, often scoring numerous goals in televised exhibition games against former NHL players.Many Russian athletes rely on the government for their livelihood. In most Olympic sports, the Sports Ministry wields wide-ranging power over funding, and even hires and fires individual coaches. Many of Russia’s top clubs in soccer and hockey are funded by state-controlled companies.It’s hard to say exactly how many Russian athletes back Putin wholeheartedly or have opposition sympathies.Kafelnikov said he doesn’t believe athletes are coerced into backing the government, but added he’s in contact with other opposition-minded athletes who don’t talk politics openly.”I’m sure there are plenty. I’m hoping so,” he said. ”There are some who share my thoughts toward what’s happening and what’s going to happen. I do have some supporters.”
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