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Monahan leads offensive outburst as Flames torch MInnesota 5-1

by TY PILSON @typilson /

Devan Dubnyk may be one of the stingiest goalies in the NHL but he got lit up by the Flames Tuesday night.

Sean Monahan had two goals to lead an offensive outburst by the homeside, as Calgary skated to a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Alex Chiasson, Deryk Engelland and Micheal Ferland also scored for the Flames while Brian Elliott made 28 saves.

The Flames opened the scoring off a great play that ended with a Sam Bennett one-timer deflecting off Chiasson and past Dubnyk. 

TJ Brodie did a great job keeping the puck inside the blueline, then finding an open Kris Versteeg near the left faceoff circle who skated into the high slot untouched and feed Bennett near the right circle for the quick shot. 

Monahan made it 2-0 on the powerplay when he collected a juicy rebound off a Johnny Gaudreau tip that Dubnyk had kicked out with his right pad and fired it home.  

Jason Zucker got Minny on the scoresheet just past the midway point of the second frame. 

Dennis Wideman's blocked shot sprung Mikael Granlund and Zucker on a 2-on-1 against TJ Brodie, with Backlund threading a nifty backhand pass cross-ice that Zucker tipped past Elliott.

Monahan added a third-period powerplay marker before Engelland later fired a wrister from the point that beat a screened Dubnyk to increase the lead to three.

It didn't stop there, as Ferland kept the puck on another 2-on-1 and snapped it past Dubnyk to round out the scoring. 

NOTES: The Flames held a moment of silence before the game to remember the six people killed and those injured in a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque Sunday … D Brett Kulak sat out last night battling an illness, which saw D Jyrki Jokipakka draw back into the lineup … Three Flames have career milestones within reach and two of them got closer Wednesday night: Monahan needs two goals for 100; Chiasson is three points away from 100; while Michael Frolik is four points shy of 300 … Captain Mark Giordano is currently 18th on the fanchise's all-time scoring list with 323 points. He is chasing Robert Reichel (354) for 17th. Who's in 18th? Another former Flames captain, current asst. GM Craig Conroy (308) … 

UP NEXT: The Flames head out on a three-game Eastern road swing. First up: a date with the New Jersey Devils Friday night (5:30 MTN, SPORTSNET WEST, FAN 960)

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