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Monahan lifts Flames past Ducks in shootout

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Sean Monahan scored the decisive goal in the shootout to lift the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Dennis Wideman scored twice in regulation and Jiri Hudler also had a goal for the Flames, who trailed 2-0 after two periods and won their third straight. Jonas Hiller finished with 24 saves through overtime in his first game against his former team.

After Monahan scored in the third-round of the shootout, Hiller stopped Corey Perry’s breakaway attempt to preserve the victory.

Johnny Gadreau scored earlier in the shootout for the Flames, and Ryan Kesler tied it for the Ducks.

Sami Vatanen had a goal and two assists, and Matt Beleskey and Kyle Palmieri also scored for Anaheim. Frederik Andersen had 16 saves.

Gaudreau set up Calgary’s best chance of the opening period when the rookie forward broke in on a 2-on-1 with Hudler, who redirected a pass from his linemate just wide of the Anaheim net.

The Ducks opened the scoring with 4:06 left in the first when Vatanen snapped a shot from the point that deflected off Calgary defenseman Raphael Diaz’s stick and through Hiller’s legs. Sven Baertschi attempted to block the shot, but Vatanen did a nice job to sidestep him before shooting it into the net.

During an early power play for the Ducks in the second, Hiller made a nice glove save on a shot from the high slot by Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf. On the same power play, Hiller kicked out his right pad to stop a shot from in close by Palmieri.

Beleskey put the Ducks up 2-0 with 7:31 left in the second with a power-play goal when he tipped a point shot by Hampus Lindholm past Hiller.

Hudler pulled the Flames within a goal at 3:25 of the third when he deposited a shot from the slot into the net behind an out-of-position Andersen.

Wideman then scored on two slap shots — at 9:03 of the third and again with 6:17 left — past Andersen to put the Flames up 3-2.

Palmieri scored another power-play goal for the Ducks with 4:55 remaining to tie the score. Hiller made the initial save, but the puck bounced up and over him and across the goal line to send the game to overtime.

The Flames had a great chance to win the game in overtime when Kesler was penalized for cross-checking Calgary defenseman T.J. Brodie.

Wideman nearly completed his hat trick, but Andersen stuck out his right pad to turn aside the point shot.

NOTES: The Flames honored Hall of Fame broadcaster Peter Maher during a pregame ceremony. Maher was the radio voice of the Flames from 1981-82 until his retirement at the end of the 2013-14 season. In total, Maher called 2,954 Flames games. … In seven seasons with Anaheim before signing with the Flames on July 1, Hiller was 162-110-32 with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .916 save-percentage. … Heading into the game, Flames captain Mark Giordano had recorded at least a point in nine straight games to match a personal best which he set last season. Giordano had five goals and nine assists during that stretch before failing to record a point against the Ducks.

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