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3/20/16 Flames vs. Canadiens

game recap

Monahan scores twice, Flames top Canadiens

Forward has five goals, nine points in past six games; Backstrom wins first start this season

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

Monahan tips in his 25th goal

CGY@MTL: Hamilton feeds Monahan for a goal in the 2nd

3/20/16: Sean Monahan tips in the puck off Dougie Hamilton's pass, scoring a goal to extend the Flames' lead to 2-0

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MONTREAL -- Sean Monahan and the Calgary Flames were determined to celebrate a victory after goalie Niklas Backstrom's first NHL game in 14 months.

Monahan had two goals and an assist, and Backstrom made 21 saves in his first game since Jan. 13, 2015 to lead Calgary to a 4-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Sunday.

"It was huge," Monahan said. "He's worked so hard for us. He comes in every day like a pro and obviously that's a big win and we want to get that one for him."

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Flames' Backstrom to start first game in 14 months

Goalie will face Canadiens; hasn't played in NHL since Jan. 13, 2015

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

FLAMES (30-35-6) at CANADIENS (33-33-6)

TV: SN, RDS, NHL.TV

MONTREAL -- Calgary Flames goalie Niklas Backstrom will play his first NHL game in 14 months against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Sunday, but his team will be down another defensemen.

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