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Game 5 Player To Watch: Sean Monahan

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

VANCOUVER, BC -- After a slow start to the postseason, Calgary Flames pivot Sean Monahan has started to heat up.

The centreman scored his first playoff goal in Game 3 on Sunday, hammering in a power play marker in the third period, and was tied for the team lead in shots with four.

Monahan was held off the scoresheet in Game 4's 3-1 victory over the Canucks but the sophomore's presence was felt.

The 20-year-old led the Flames with four shots on net, had one of his shot attempts blocked by the Canucks, was credited with one takeaway, won 55 percent of his draws, and led all forwards with 20:27 of ice time.

He and his linemates -- Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler -- are looking to get back to their regular season clip, where they managed an incredible combined 95 points in the final 33 dates.

"Obviously we need to put pucks in the net and create offence," Monahan said earlier in the series. "We haven’t done a good job there but we're not worried about that.

"We've all put up good numbers all year and found ways to create offence. It's not a worry of ours right now and we know that we can do it."

If Monahan can build off the momentum he had at the Scotiabank Saddledome, he could carry his team offensively in Game 5 in Vancouver.

The Flames, who lead the series 3-1, will square off with the Canucks at 8:00 PM MT on Thursday. CBC will carry the television broadcast while Sportsnet The FAN 960 will carry the radio broadcast.

If necessary, Game 6 will be played in Calgary on Saturday.

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