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At the Mangiapane home in Bolton, Ont., there is somewhat of a shrine to the boy of the family.
The framed pucks from his first Ontario Hockey League hat trick with the Barrie Colts.
The plaques marking his 100th point, 200th point. His 51-goal season in 2015-16. His first National Hockey League goal.
And after Monday’s matinee performance against the Anaheim Ducks, Peter and Patricia have another addition to their son’s hockey career accomplishments — much to the eye-rolling of sisters Caitlin and Laura.
“My sisters are a little jealous of that,” the Calgary Flames forward of his parents’ proud display of accomplishments said with a chuckle. “So, they put a picture of themselves up there.”
However, this time, there’s a good chance his sisters won’t mind sharing the spotlight with their famous brother after the way he played in the Flames’ 6-4 win.
Mangiapane was a force, not only scoring a trio of important markers but logging a career-high 18:45 in ice time and also nabbing an assist to finish the night plus-four.
He was all around it, as they say.
He was there for the tap-in on Noah Hanifin’s point shot on Ryan Miller, tying the game 1-1 in the first period.
Blowing past an idle Ryan Getzlaf and driving to the net to deposit a backhander early in the third. That goal gave the Flames some life late in the game and sparked a four-goal outburst — five if you count his empty netter with 57 seconds remaining in the game and their (potentially) sixth straight home loss looming.
“Mang, the way that he’s able to protect it down low for not being a huge guy is pretty impressive,” said Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk. “He’s strong on his feet. He’s strong on his stick and makes some great plays. He had a battle that he won on his first goal. On his second one, a great move to his backhand and then put it cheese. And then the third one, it’s an empty-netter but he started that with a hit and then got sprung for a little breakaway there.
“I thought he was awesome.”
Say what you want about empty netters, but they all count.
And his certainly will in the grand scheme of things when his NHL career is over and those three pucks are hung on his wall.
“There was no way (Johnny Gaudreau) was going to shoot that puck,” said Flames head coach Geoff Ward on Gaudreau’s awareness of the meaning to Mangiapane. “He was going to do whatever he had to do to make that pass. You feel good for a guy like that. He comes in, he’s a well-liked player in the room, he works extremely hard and he’s earned the respect of the veteran players. Guys are really pulling for him to get it and it was nice to see him get it.”
Mangiapane now has 12 goals and 12 assists this season in 59 games, all career highs.
In Saturday’s clash, he also drew a penalty late in the second against Nicolas Deslauriers.
“Confidence is big in this league, right?” Mangiapane said. “So every game you play, every move you make, you’re growing as a person and as a player. That’s gotta be my game and keep growing as a player.”
Mangiapane has been elevated into the top-six forward group for a big chunk of the 2019-20 season now, skating alongside Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund. It helps when you’re playing with good players, but it also says something about Mangiapane’s game if he’s able to maintain that spot in the lineup.
They’re smart and communicate often, according to Ward, but can also read off each other
“They don’t throw pucks away,” he said. “They’re able to hang onto pucks and they can look for guys in openings and can move their feet and create some time and space for themselves. When you have guys that do that, they usually end up making plays because openings will happen and we still possess the puck … their hockey sense and the feel they have in the offensive zone and the chemistry they’re starting to develop all play into the fact now they’re having some success.”
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