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South Jersey’s Johnny Gaudreau was booed by his Columbus teammates during Monday’s morning skate, trying to prepare him for what they expected the winger would receive from Calgary’s fans that night. (They were right.)

Gaudreau, of course, left Calgary after a sensational career with the Flames and signed as a free-agent (seven years, $68.25 million) with Columbus last July.

Monday was his first game back in Calgary this season, and he received constant booing from the crowd. There was an exception: The fans gave him a standing ovation when a tribute video was shown.

Gaudreau, 29, had two assists and was his dazzling self as lowly Columbus dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Flames..

“It was great. It was what I expected,” said Gaudreau, who fired wide on a penalty shot during the game. “It’s a great fan base, and they’re passionate fans. I loved it — it was a special night for me.”

Added Gaudreu, who wanted to play for the Philadelphia Flyers but was not offered a contract: “It’ll probably be easier next time, but I’m sure I’ll still get booed.”

Earlier in the day, Gaudreau’s Columbus teammates gave him a taste of what to expect as they booed him whenever he touched the puck in the morning skate.

“It was funny,” said Gaudreau, who has a place in Avalon at the Jersey Shore. “Just lightened the mood a little bit. I could barely stickhandle (because) I was laughing so hard going up and down the ice.”

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