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Monahan, Hiller lift Flames over Hurricanes 5-0

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Sean Monahan scored his first two goals of the season, and Jonas Hiller stopped all 16 shots he faced as the Calgary Flames beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0 on Thursday night.

Matt Stajan and Lance Bouma also scored their first goals of the season for the Flames (5-3-1), who bounced back from a 2-1 overtime loss at home to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Dennis Wideman also scored for the Flames, and Jiri Hudler, Joe Colborne and Kris Russell all had two assists each.

Although the Hurricanes (0-4-2) have yet to win this season, this is the first time they have been blown out. Three of their other losses were by one goal, and the other two were by two goals, including a 3-1 road loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Playing in just his third game of the season, Carolina’s Cam Ward made 19 saves.

After losing his first two decisions, Hiller has now won three straight — stopping 99 of 101 shots.

The line of Stajan, Byron and Curtis Glencross helped set the stage for Calgary in the first period when the Flames outshot the Hurricanes 10-4.

Shortly after ringing a shot off the post, Byron saw Glencross charging toward the Carolina net and fired a slap pass his way. Glencross redirected the puck on net, but Ward slid across the crease to make the stop.

Ward also turned aside a pair of point shots off the stick of defenseman Kris Russell during a Calgary power play before stopping a shot from the slot by Brandon Bollig.

At the other end, Hiller made a great glove grab to deny Carolina forward Jeff Skinner’s breakaway attempt.

Wideman opened the scoring when he blasted a point shot past Ward, who was screened by Glencross, at 18:18 of the first.

Stajan then one-timed a pass from Byron past Ward just 32 seconds into the second period.

Monahan put the Flames up 3-0 at 4:14 of the second when he took was a back-door pass from Hudler for an easy tap-in goal.

Monahan netted his second of the game at 3:23 of the third when he settled a bouncing puck in the slot before backhanding a shot past Ward.

Less than two minutes later, Bouma drove hard to the net and tapped a pass from Josh Jooris into the net to make it 5-0.

NOTES: The Flames paid tribute to the tragic events in Ottawa and Quebec by having everyone observe a moment of silence before the national anthem. … Since sitting out Calgary’s 5-2 road win over Edmonton as a healthy scratch, Wideman has scored four goals and added one assist in seven games. Wideman has scored four goals in his past five games, and all of the goals have been the first of the game for the Flames. … Hudler’s assist on Monahan’s goal in the second period was the 300th point of his NHL career in his 534th game. He added another assist on Monahan’s second goal.

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