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Monahan scores 2, Bouma gets winner as Flames beat Canucks

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Sean Monahan scored twice, Lance Bouma got the tiebreaker early in the third period, and the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Saturday night.

Bouma took a centering pass from David Jones and quickly fired a shot inside the goal post for his 10th goal of the season at 1:41 of the final period. Bouma came into the season with six goals in 121 career games.

Monahan had two goals nearly 5 minutes apart in the second — giving him a team-leading 19 goals on the season — to put the Flames ahead 2-1.

Karri Ramo stopped 28 shots to pick up his first win since Dec. 4. Ramo was making his first start since Jan. 7, when he was injured in the second period and missed two weeks.

Ronalds Kenins scored in the first period to put Vancouver ahead, and Linden Vey tied it at 2-2 late in the second. Ryan Miller finished with 31 saves.

Calgary pulled even with Vancouver in points but remains behind in the standings as the Canucks have one game in hand. The Flames hold the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Monahan tied the score 1-1 at 6:48 of the second period. Johnny Gaudreau was stopped on a breakaway but as the puck froze near the goal line, Monahan raced in and poked it over while being pushed into the net. Video review confirmed the puck crossed the line before the net came off its flexible peg.

Monahan put the Flames with 8:18 to go in the period when he neatly finished off a give-and-go with Jiri Hudler.

However, the Canucks tied it with 2:17 left in the second on a 2-on-1 rush. Ramo made a pad stop off Chris Higgins from off the wing but the rebound was fired in by Vey with Ramo caught out of the net.

Canucks defenseman Alex Edler left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and did not return.

NOTES: Calgary’s healthy scratches were Brandon Bollig and David Wolf. … Vancouver went with the same lineup that defeated Boston on Friday. As a result, LW Logan McMillan, claimed off waivers from Arizona on Thursday, has yet to make his Canucks debut. … The Flames improved to 18-5-1 against the Pacific Division.

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