Monahan scores 2 goals to lead Flames in win over Wild

Published 9:44 am Thursday, February 2, 2017

CALGARY, Alberta — Sean Monahan picked a great time for his first two-goal game of the season.

The 22-year-old forward scored a pair of power-play goals to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

“It’s that time of the year where you don’t get as many man advantages, so they are crucial and you’ve got to find ways of putting the puck in the back of the net and we did that tonight,” said Monahan, who has eight goals in his past nine games. “When you play with good players you get a lot of opportunities.”

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Deryk Engelland had a goal and an assist, and Alex Chiasson and Micheal Ferland also scored to help the Flames win consecutive games after losing four straight.

“They played last night and we knew that, so we had to come out with a big start,” said Engelland, who praised goalie Brian Elliott for his 28-save performance. “Moose was huge at key times of the game to keep us up and when we got the chances, we put it in the back of the net.”

Jason Zucker scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 31 shots for the Wild, who had won three straight and five of six overall. Minnesota was 12-0-2 in its previous 14 road games.

“They played better than us,” said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, whose team beat the Oilers 5-2 one night earlier in Edmonton. “I thought going into the third period we still had a shot at it, but they came out strong in the third, which is usually a forte of ours and we didn’t get it done.”

Dubnyk, who had his nine-game road winning streak snapped, had to be sharp early to stop back-to-back shots by Ferland and Lance Bouma, while Elliott was forced to stand his ground to stop a snap shot fired his way by Zach Parise.

Rookie forward Matthew Tkachuk gave the Flames a spark 3 1/2 minutes into the game when he flattened Wild center Eric Staal with a shoulder check in the Calgary zone.

The Flames opened the scoring at 4:26 when Sam Bennett banked a shot off Chiasson’s torso and past Dubnyk.