Monahan has goal, 2 assists as Flames beat Canadiens 4-2


CALGARY, Alberta — Sean Monahan had a goal and two assists as the Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Friday night.

Andrew Mangiapane had a goal and an assist, and Dillon Dube and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Flames in the first of three straight games between the teams. Calgary pulled six points behind Montreal for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division.

Jacob Markstrom made 17 saves and improved to 5-1 against the Canadiens this season.

Tyler Toffoli and Joel Armia scored for Montreal, which has lost three of their last five games. Jake Allen had 27 saves.

The teams meet again in Calgary on Saturday and Monday. The Flames lead the nine-game season series with Montreal 5-2.

Calgary called off a morning skate saying a player tested positive for COVID-19, but no other players or staff did. Forward Josh Leivo went on the NHL’s COVID protocol list Friday and the game went ahead. Calgary played 11 forwards against the Canadiens.

Monahan scored the tiebreaking goal that put the Flames up 3-2 at 5:58 of the third period. Johnny Gaudreau fed the center from behind the net for Monahan to score top shelf on Allen.

Lindholm sealed the win with an empty-netter with 8 seconds to go. He has five goals and nine points in his last seven games.

Calgary appeared to take the lead late in the second, but Calgary challenged and the goal was reversed as officials agreed that Mikael Backlund jostled Allen to knock the puck loose and tap it in.

Calgary outshot Montreal 13-7 in the opening period which ended with the score tied 2-2.

From behind the goal-line, Mangiapane fed Dube on Allen’s doorstep for the Flames forward to chip the puck over the goaltender’s stick shaft at 6:06 to give Calgary a 1-0 lead.

Toffoli tied it with 6:41 left in the period with his team-leading 23rd goal of the season. He skated the puck over the blue line and put a wrist shot between Markstrom’s glove and pad.

Montreal took a 2-1 lead with 1:36 remaining on Armia’s goal. Phillip Danault won the draw and sent the puck back to the winger, who threaded a shot through traffic and beat Markstrom short side.

Canadiens captain Shea Weber was serving a tripping penalty when Mangiapane scored 1 minute later as he tipped Noah Hanifin’s shot from the blue line up over Allen’s glove.


Defenseman Erik Gustaffson made his Canadiens debut following his trade from Philadelphia. Montreal forward Jonathan Drouin was scratched.


Calgary is 9-11-0 since Darryl Sutter took over as Flames coach, while Montreal is 12-11-4 since Dominique Ducharme replaced Claude Julien.

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