Cole Caufield Sean Monahan Montreal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames

CALGARY – Sean Monahan felt even higher after returning to Calgary on Thursday.

The previous Flame assisted on each of Montreal’s targets — together with Cole Caufield’s game-winner within the third interval — whereas Jake Allen made a season-high 45 saves because the Canadiens gained 2-1.

“It was particular,” stated Monahan, who performed 9 seasons with Calgary earlier than being traded final summer time. “You get lots of feelings in video games. As soon as I stepped on the ice within the warm-up, I used to be actually nervous. Actually, essentially the most nervous I have been in a very long time. I am glad we got here out with a win.”

Monahan was acknowledged in a video tribute throughout a first-period TV timeout. He waved to the gang throughout a standing ovation that lasted a couple of minute.

“I simply wish to say thanks,” Monahan stated. “I got here right here as an 18-year-old child and grew up right here. They’ve at all times had my again. We have had our ups and downs whereas I have been right here and so they’ve at all times supported me. It was a particular tribute and I am undoubtedly going to look at it a number of instances.”

After being chosen sixth general within the 2013 NHL Draft, Monahan made the staff out of his first coaching camp and by no means regarded again. He performed in 656 video games whereas battling accidents in his ultimate few seasons, together with a second hip surgical procedure final spring.

“Calgary has and at all times may have a particular place in my coronary heart,” Monahan stated. “I even have lots of connections with individuals outdoors the sport. It is at all times going to be enjoyable to return again right here and play.”

His teammates knew how a lot the sport meant to the 28-year-old native of Brampton, Ont.

“Anytime you return to a staff that you’ve lots of reminiscences with, not two years however 9 good years right here, very profitable years for him, you wish to do it proper,” Allen stated. “It does not matter how we did it. That put a smile on his face.”

Identified for his goal-scoring prowess in Calgary, which ranks eighth in franchise historical past together with his 212 targets, he was the playmaker on this evening.

Monahan picked up an help on the opening objective simply 13 seconds into the sport off a foul play by Jacob Markstrom, who charged by his web after a unfastened puck slid into the sideline.

Monahan was capable of sidestep the Flames goalie and keep away from a collision, however Markstrom knocked the puck to Slafkowski who stepped across the netminder and fired into the empty web.

Elias Lindholm tied it for the Flames within the ultimate minute of the second, however Montreal’s struggling energy play produced the game-winner at 6:29 of the third.

It took simply 31 seconds for the Canadiens to shut for roughing Andrew Mangiapa to transform a one-timer on Caufield’s tilt after organising Nick Suzuki’s cross-ice go.

Montreal enters the tailspin second-last within the NHL and 1-17 with the person benefit.

Markstrom has struggled at instances this season. Coach Daryl Sutter rewarded goaltender Dan Vladar for sturdy play late in three of his final 4 video games.

Markstrom took full blame for the early miscue, a pattern following a season by which he was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

“I assumed the fellows did properly and, once more, I wish to get higher. I am simply grinding proper now,” Markstrom stated, “not having the ability to begin each recreation.”

Markstrom’s early mistake additionally angered the house followers, who responded with a Bronx cheer on his subsequent save that got here on an extended shot.

Sutter was not proud of Mangiapane’s indiscipline penalty when each he and Markstrom went after Josh Anderson after an icing name.

“The whistle blew and I do not know why we retaliated. There we each have revenge for no motive,” stated Sutter, shaking his head. “I can see it being a three-, four-goal recreation, however not a 1-1 recreation, that is for certain.”

Montreal (12-10-1) has gained its final three street video games and 7 of 11 general. Calgary (10-10-3) has gained simply one in all its final 5.

“It is powerful,” Lindholm stated. “Clearly, we tried arduous within the third however I feel we will nonetheless do a great job with site visitors. I feel their goalie noticed lots of pucks, however we’ve got to be extra affected person.”

Allen improved to 7-8-0 whereas Markstrom, who was solely examined 19 instances, noticed his document drop to 8-6-2.

Gallagher out

Canadian ahead Brendan Gallagher (decrease physique) missed the primary recreation of the season. AHL call-up Rem Pitlik didn’t arrive in time to play, so defenseman Chris Wideman took a number of shifts up entrance.

Subsequent up

Canadiens: Recreation 2 of Montreal’s four-game street journey goes to Edmonton on Saturday evening.

Flames: Calgary’s five-game homestand continues Saturday towards the Washington Capitals.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed on December 1, 2022.

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