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Night of firsts powers Flames by Hurricanes

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

“It was just one of those nights I think. We did a lot of the good things, the right things and it turned out well for us.”Lance Bouma

CALGARY, AB -- A night of firsts help spur on another for the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Sean Monahan, Matt Stajan and Lance Bouma all scored their first goal of the season while Jonas Hiller recorded his first shutout of the season and first with the Flames to help power Calgary to a 5-0 win -- their first at Scotiabank Saddledome -- over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

“It was just one of those nights I think,” said Bouma, whose first of the year came on a nifty feed from Josh Jooris to close out the scoring 5:15 into the third. “We did a lot of the good things, the right things and it turned out well for us.”

Bouma’s first of the year came in his eighth game of the season. Stajan and Monahan had to wait until their ninth to notch theirs.

Just 32 seconds into the second period, Stajan put the Flames up 2-0 after breaking down on a 2-on-1 with Paul Byron and converting his feed, bouncing a one-timer off the pad of Hurricanes starter Cam Ward and just over the goal line.

Monahan converted a nifty backdoor pass off the stick of Jiri Hudler behind Ward just 4:14 into the second to get on the board and give Calgary a 3-0 lead.

“Obviously it’s been quite a few games now,” Monahan said. “I want to contribute to help get wins and I think that was a big relief for me tonight.

“It’s always a relief putting the puck in the net but once one goes in, I think your game changes. I guess you’re a little more confident in your game. That was a big help for me.

“It happens the next shift. You just want to get back out there.”

It wasn’t quite Monahan’s next shift, but he didn’t have to wait long to record his second goal of the year.

After a setup from Hudler and Joe Colborne, who also had an assist on Monahan’s first, Monahan struck again just 3:23 into the third, batting down a pass in the slot and tucking it behind Ward to put the Flames up 4-0.

“I saw a happy young man,” coach Bob Hartley said. “I don't know if he was relieved or not, but it's certainly a good time. He could have had a hat trick. Late it he game he had a great shot go over the net.”

Hiller had to stop just 16 shots to record his first shutout.

“We worked really hard right off the bat and didn’t give up many chances,” Hiller said. “It was definitely one of the easier shutouts I’ve had.

“I think you always have a good chance if you just give up 15 or 16 shots. We played really well. We spent most of the time in their zone. It was definitely not as tiring as other games I’ve played this year. You could see out there that everybody was willing to compete, to sacrifice even blocking shots to the end.”

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