Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – Calgary Flames rookie sensation Sean Monahan scored the winning goal with 2:43 left in the third period for a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Sven Baertschi made a hit along the side boards, grabbed the loose puck and zipped a perfect pass to Monahan, who steered it behind Martin Brodeur.
“That’s the biggest one yet,” said Monahan, who turns 19 on Saturday. “It won us the game there and that’s huge.”
Monahan, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, Monahan now has a five-game points streak consisting of four goals and two assists, which is the longest for a Flames rookie since Sergei Makarov had points in seven straight games in 1989-90.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my linemates and the players I’m playing with,” said Monahan. “They’re making it easy on me, putting the pucks right on my tape and in good position and fortunately enough, I’m putting them in the back of the net.”
Dennis Wideman and Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames (3-0-2), while Hudler had two assists to extend his points streak to five games.
Adam Henrique gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at 13:58 of the first.
Wideman tied the score at 5:37 of the second period, connecting from just above the left circle off the right post and into the net.
Then Dainius Zubrus got a pass from Travis Zajac and beat Flames goalkeeper Joey MacDonald on his far stick side to get the lead back for the Devils at 6:03 of the second.
Giordano eventually poked a backhand into the net to tie it 2-2.
The Flames victory also spoiled an impressive performance by 41-year-old Brodeur, who might have been making his final start at the Saddledome.
Jaromir Jagr said they just have to keep their chins up and keep going.
“We just made some mistakes and it cost us,” Jagr said. “We had the lead every game except the first game against the Penguins. We’ve got to learn to play with the lead.”