With a national audience watching the Calgary Flames take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the dads of the Flames players at Tuesday’s game, the benching of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma for arriving late to Monday practice became extra embarrassing for the young stars.
WATCH: Calgary Flames players apologize after disciplinary benching.
On Wednesday, the players apologized for letting their teammates, fans and family down. Gaudreau is the team’s top scorer; Monahan the second leading scorer and an assistant captain; and Bouma a physical leader on the team.
Luckily, their absence wasn’t detrimental to the team: Markus Granlund scored shorthanded for his first goal in 21 games, and added an assist to lead the Flames to a 4-3 victory over the Leafs.
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With a file from The Canadian Press
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