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Flames lose to Coyotes in pre-season finale

Flames centre Sean Monahan is likely to stick with the NHL club. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

Flames centre Sean Monahan is likely to stick with the NHL club. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames have completed their pre-season slate.

You haven’t seen the last of teenage centre Sean Monahan at the Saddledome.

The Flames looked sloppy and sluggish before a third-period push in Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in their exhibition finale, but Monahan didn’t do anything to alter the opinion that this kid is ready for NHL duties.

The 18-year-old pivot nearly scored the winner on a rebound opportunity early in overtime against the Desert Dogs, was successful at the faceoff circle and, in an impressive sequence in the opening period, entered the corner with Coyotes regulars Martin Hanzal and Zbynek Michalek — 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-2, respectively — and emerged with the puck.

After Monahan was stopped by Mike Smith early in OT, Michalek scored the game-winner with 1:07 remaining in the extra session.

The Flames finish their pre-season slate with a 4-2-1 record and now have a week to prepare for their opener next Thursday against the Washington Capitals in D.C.


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