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Calgary Flames 3 - New York Rangers 2 (OT)
1st: 2:25 PPG - Tkachuk (24) (Monahan, Andersson), 8:40 - Monahan (23) (Lindholm)
OT: 3:26- Mangiapane (18) (Backlund, Andersson)
New York Rangers
1st: 5:14 - Panarin (33) (Lindgren, Fox)
3rd: 9:06 PPG- Howden (10) (Kakko, Fox)
Age didn’t seem to be a factor for definitely real-life-human Henrik Lundqvist in Monday’s tilt between Calgary and New York. The veteran netminder finished with 46 saves, but ultimately, a loss.
The Flames were able to beat him twice quickly, as Matthew Tkachuk made Phil Di Diuseppe pay for an early penalty. Sean Monahan bought himself some time in the low slot before finding Tkachuk in the far circle, who one timed a shot past Lundqvist. Ryan Lindgren hammered a shot from the blueline, which bounced off a Flame foot out front and landed behind Cam Talbot. Artemi Panarin was able to bury the loose puck and the game was even less than 3 minutes later.
The Flames stayed relentless. After Sean Monahan’s initial zone entry was broken up, Elias Lindholm was able to quickly corral the loose puck, and send Monahan in clear with a backhand pass. Monahan whipped a shot under Lundqvist’s blocker to regain the lead for the Flames, which they’d hold all the way into the third.
Working off a powerplay, Adam Fox cycled the puck deep into the corner for Kaapo Kakko, who found Brett Howden for an easy wrist shot far side on Cam Talbot, and evening the game at 2. Fox has now factored into all 5 Ranger goals in the two matchups this season. The Flames had 42 shots through regulation, and went 1/5 on the powerplay.
It was all Calgary in overtime, as all three units managed good chances on Lundqvist, while not allowing a shot. Andrew Mangiapane rifled a one-timer off a beautiful pass from Mark Giordano, but found only the crossbar. Seconds later, the Flames re-entered the zone, and Mangiapane buried Mikael Backlund’s rebound for the victory. Cam Talbot made 25 saves against his former team.
Flame of the Game
Sean Monahan (F): He trailed only Andrew Mangiapane (9) with 8 shots, and was a force on the powerplay all night long.