Monahan scores twice for Flames in victory against Canadiens


CALGARY — Sean Monahan scored twice, including his 200th NHL goal, to help the Calgary Flames win their second straight under coach Darryl Sutter, 3-1 against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

Sutter, who replaced Geoff Ward on March 4, is in his second tenure with the Flames. He was 107-73-15 with 15 ties in three seasons as their coach from 2002-06, including advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004, and was their general manager from 2003-10.

Mikael Backlund scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves for the Flames (13-12-3), which has consecutive wins for the first time since a season-long three-game winning streak Feb. 6-11.

Jeff Petry scored, and Carey Price made 33 saves for the Canadiens (12-8-7), which has three wins in the past 12 games (3-4-5).

Calgary swept the two-game set after winning 2-1 on Thursday.

Monahan put the Flames up 1-0 at 5:38 of the first period when he cut out from behind the net and spun before shooting over Price’s glove for his 200th NHL goal. 

Monahan, the No. 6 pick, leads the 2013 NHL Draft class with 201 goals in 567 games. Nathan MacKinnon, the No. 1 pick, is second with 196 goals in 546 games. 

Monahan extended the lead to 2-0 at 13:56, chipping a rebound by Price on the power play. 

Backlund made it 3-0 at 7:20 of the second period. Andrew Mangiapane won a battle to the puck behind Montreal’s net and centered to Backlund, who shot by Price’s glove. 

Petry cut the lead to 3-1 at 14:20 with a shot from below the left face-off circle with the two teams skating 4-on-4. He leads NHL defensemen with 11 goals.

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