Monahan scores a pair to help Flames defeat league-leading Panthers to end a 4-game skid

Sean Monahan’s opening two-goal game helped the Calgary Flames win unexpectedly 5-1 over the NHL-leading Florida Panthers.

Monahan made it 3-1 with a power play goal on a deflection at 16.03 of the second half. Monahan then won the third period, making it 5-1 at 6.43. Monahan took Johnny Gaudreau’s drop pass and beating Spencer Knight on a move in-close.

Calgary (18-11-6), which broke a four-game losing streak with a win on home ice, was led by Rasmus Andersson (his first of the season), Matthew Tkachuk, and Blake Coleman.

The Flames entered tonight’s game with a record 2-7-1 in their previous ten games.

Florida’s Sam Bennett was the goal scorer (26-8-5), and its nine-game point streak (8-0-1) was ended.

The Panthers will make their next stop on a five game road trip, which includes Edmonton. Calgary won’t be back in action until Saturday, when the Flames host the Oilers at Rogers Place.

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Calgary’s Sean Monahan scored twice as Calgary defeated Florida 5-1. 1:32

Markstrom, who gave up four or more goals in his previous five starts made 28 stops to get to 13-8-5.

Sergei Bobrovsky won the night with Knight taking his first start since Dec. 30, after having started the seven previous games. Knight saved 26 games. His record now stands at 7-5-2

Calgary got off to an excellent start. They received a power-play just four minutes in and took only 23 seconds for Andersson to make the advantage.

At 11:36 in the first, the Flames increased their lead to 2-0. The second line was formed in Calgary and Coleman scored the seventh goal. His assisters were Mikael Backlund and Andrew Mangiapane.

Right, Flames’ Coleman celebrates with Mangiapane following scoring a goal in the first period. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

Bennett scored at 12:36 in the second game to reduce Florida’s deficit by half. Bennett, who had played 402 games for Calgary in six seasons, was traded to Florida prior to the trade deadline. Bennett has been an incredible player since joining the Panthers. He scored 22 goals in 40 games.

After going 0-for-10 in the losing streak, the Flames won the power play and scored twice on their next three chances.

Gaudreau’s first four-assist game on home ice, and only his second career. Tkachuk continued his offensive hot streak with three points. Over his last eight games, Tkachuk has 13 points, including six goals and seven assists.

Although the Panthers hold the league’s best record at home with 21-3-0, they haven’t had as much success away from FLA Live Arena (now 5-5-5).

The Flames have also struggled at the Saddledome. Their first win since Nov. 29 was their first. They are currently 5-4-4 for the year.

Notes: Gaudreau was the only four-assist player in Nashville’s February 21, 2017. It was the first time in the season Florida had not received a point from a defenseman… Mason Marchment returned the Panthers’ lineup for the first-time since Jan. 1. He now has a 5-game point streak thanks to an assist.