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Flames offence stymied in loss to Devils

Sean Monahan snapped an 11-game goal-less drought in setback to New Jersey

by Ty Pilson @TyPilson /

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames had their four-game home winning streak snapped Friday night, falling 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils at the Scotiabank Saddledome. 

After losing 3-2 in overtime the night before in Edmonton, the Devils - who had a 6-12-6 road record coming into the night - controlled the play early.

For the second straight game it was the visitors who opened the scoring, as Kyle Palmieri took a pass outside the blueline from Jon Merrill and skated in untouched, snapping a wrist-shot past Chad Johnson 6:22 into the opening frame.

Palmieri collected his second point of the night on the powerplay when he made a cross-ice feed to former Oilers' first-overall pick Taylor Hall, who fired a wrister that beat Johnson far-side with less than two minutes left in the period. 
The Flames were outshot 14-7 in the first. 

Sean Monahan finally got the homeside on the board at the 14:04 mark of the second period, collecting a rebound in the crease off a Dougie Hamilton shot and firing it home as Devils goalie Keith Kincaid tried to dive across to make the stop. 

It was Monahan's 11th goal of the season, snapping an 11-game scoring drought.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the third period.

Johnson had a strong night despite the result, making 34 saves.

The loss dropped the Flames to 23-20-2 while the Devils improved to 17-18-9.

NOTES: Flames C Matt Stajan will play his 900th NHL game Saturday night in Edmonton … Hall, who was born in Calgary, wasn't the only New Jersey player in the game last night with ties to this province. D-man Karl Stollery is from Camrose … RW Troy Brouwer returned to the lineup Friday night after missing eight games with a broken finger. In total, the Flames have lost 93 man games to injury this season, the vast majority (44) to D Ladislav Smid who is still sidelined with a neck injury … Flames scratches were C Freddie Hamilton, D Brett Kulak, LW Micheal Ferland. 

UP NEXT: Three words for ya: Battle of Alberta. The Flames head north to take on the Oilers at Rogers Place in the second game of Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader (8 p.m. MTN, CBC, FAN960). 


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