CALGARY — Sean Monahan broke a tie at 5:58 of the third period, and the Calgary Flames won 4-2 against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday in the first of a three-game series.
Andrew Mangiapane had a goal and an assist and Dillon Dube scored for the Flames (20-23-3), who had lost two in a row. Jacob Markstrom made 17 saves.
Tyler Toffoli and Joel Armia scored, and Jake Allen made 26 saves for the Canadiens (20-16-9), who have lost three of four.
The teams will play again here Saturday and Monday.
The Flames are fifth in the seven-team Scotia North Division, six points behind the fourth-place Canadiens. Montreal has a game in hand. The top four teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Monahan put Calgary up 3-2 when he one-timed a pass from below the goal line from Johnny Gaudreau.
Nick Suzuki hit the crossbar at 11:16, and Josh Anderson hit the post at 12:29.
Elias Lindholm scored into an empty net with eight seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.
Dube put Calgary up 1-0 at 6:06 of the first period when he one-timed Mangiapane’s centering pass by Allen. The goal was Dube’s first in 15 games.
Toffoli tied it 1-1 at 13:19 with a shot off the rush from the high slot over Markstrom’s right pad, and Armia scored on a short-side shot through a screen off a face-off win to give Montreal a 2-1 lead at 18:24.
Mangiapane deflected Noah Hanifin‘s point shot on the power play with 36 seconds remaining in the period to tie it 2-2.
Mikael Backlund scored at 17:17 of the second period, but Montreal successfully challenged Backlund interfered with Allen in the crease when he dislodged the puck from the goaltender’s blocker prior to the goal.