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Johnny Hockey leads Flames attack, Monahan scores game-winner in 2-1 victory over Washington

by TY PILSON @typilson /

On a night the Flames celebrated Halloween early, No. 13 was anything but unlucky.

Johnny Gaudreau collected two assists and paced the offence as Calgary edged the visiting Washington Capitals 2-1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Micheal Ferland and Sean Monahan were the goalscorers, while Mike Smith made 30 saves.

It was Gaudreau's team-leading 11th and 12th assists of the year and he now sits with 15 points on the season.

He is tied for fourth in league scoring with four other players.

Jakub Vrana scored for the Caps and Philipp Grubauer stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced.

Ferland opened the scoring in the second stanza with a beautiful tip off a Brett Kulak point shot.

Not long after the Flames finished off killing a penalty to start the second period, Gaudreau gained the zone, pulled up just inside the blueline and dumped the puck deep, which bounced off a Cap and right to Ferland in the middle of the left faceoff circle.

Ferland circled through the zone, passed to Kulak and then went to the net for the deflection past Grubauer at the 2:08 mark.

Kulak picked up the fourth point of his young NHL career.

Just under five minutes into the third period, Vrana tied the game firing a shot that squeaked through Smith.

Gaudreau was the playmaker again on Monahan's marker at 9:09 of the final frame, wiring a pass through traffic to his wide-open centre parked at the side of the net who tapped it into a yawning cage.

Monahan is now tied for tops in the NHL with his fourth game-winner of the season.


Jaromir Jagr missed his fourth game Sunday night with a lower-body injury … Speaking of Jagr, the Caps were the second NHL team he played for after being dealt from Pittsburgh to Washington in 2001 … Fun fact: The Flames last game prior to last night (against Dallas Friday), the Sunday tilt with Washington and the next two games (Pittsburgh and New Jersey) were all against former Jagr teams … Mikael Backlund remains at 98 goals on his career, just two away from hitting the century mark … After suiting up last night for the Flames, Troy Brouwer is just one game away from 700 regular-season tilts in his career … The Flames will face the Caps once more this season, travelling to the U.S. capital for a tilt on Nov. 20 as part of the team's season-long 12-day road trip.


Sid the Kid and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins hit the Scotiabank Saddledome Thursday night (7 p.m., TV: Sportsnet West, Radio: Sportsnet960 The FAN). Come down early from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for food, drink and merchandise specials. You can get a 14 oz. domestic draught, 1 oz. highball, 6 oz. house wine, a cheeseburger or a pizza slice for just $5 each. As well, take an additional 10% of all regular-priced Fanattic merchandise. 

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