Monahan's SO goal lifts Flames over Jets

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 19, 2013 at 12:16 am •  Published: November 19, 2013
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan readily admits he wasn't very good in the shootout while playing junior hockey last season.

He is doing just fine in the NHL.

Monahan netted the winning goal in the eighth round of the tiebreaker to lift the Flames to a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.

The first shootout goal in Monahan's young NHL career snapped the Flames' six-game losing streak.

"My first year in junior, I was all right (in the shootout)," said Monahan, who had played with the Ottawa 67s. "Last year, I wasn't too good so I was kind of nervous there.

"I felt good once I got off the ice."

Monahan, who also had an assist in the game, scored low on Al Montoya's blocker side.

"I went down the wide side, and it's a move I usually try to do in practice," he said. "Fortunately enough, it worked."

Jiri Hudler had given Calgary a 4-3 lead with 3:26 remaining in regulation, but the Jets tied it on Bryan Little's goal with six seconds left.

With Winnipeg goalie Al Montoya on the bench for an extra attacker, the Jets swarmed goalie Reto Berra, and Little put a rebound into an open side of the net.

Montoya, giving regular starter Ondrej Pavelec a night off, made 29 saves. Berra stopped 43 shots, including three in overtime, to earn his second win of the season and help the Flames end their 0-5-1 skid.

Calgary's Michael Cammalleri scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season on the power play and added an assist. T.J. Brodie also had a goal and assist, and Lance Bouma added a short-handed goal.

Michael Frolik, Olli Jokinen and Dustin Byfuglien had goals for Winnipeg, and defenseman Grant Clitsome and Blake Wheeler both added a pair of assists.

Winnipeg, 4-2-1 in its last seven games, had a four-game, home-winning streak stopped.

"That was a pretty strange game in my books," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "I thought either team could have won it any time. We chased the game, not only from a goals standpoint, but I thought it was pretty wild in a lot of ways.

"I was wondering how it would go. I wasn't settled all night. There was no point that I was comfortable."

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