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Sean Monahan and Calgary Flames send Habs packing

Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan battles with Montreal Canadiens defencemen Andrei Markov and...

Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan battles with Montreal Canadiens defencemen Andrei Markov and Jarred Tinordi during NHL hockey in Calgary October 9, 2013. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 12:44 AM ET

Monahan mania is spreading.

Midway though the first period of the Flames 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, the nation's favourite golfer weighed in on the Calgary rookie.

“Absolutely loving this Monahan kid!” avid Flames fan Graham DeLaet wrote on Twitter.

Monahan, the prized No. 6 pick in this year's NHL draft, is giving DeLaet and the Flames faithful, plenty to love.

The teen, who'll celebrate his 19th birthday on Saturday, scored once and added an assist to pace the Flames to their win before the Saddledome sellout crowd of 19,289.

The Flames, tagged by most every pundit in the hockey world to be at or near the bottom of the NHL standings, are 2-0-2 to start the season.

Monahan, who must be sent back to junior if he doesn't spend the season with the Flames, has played his part in that early-season success, having netted at least one point in every game so far.

Just past the nine-minute mark, he was on the spot for a loose puck after Habs goalie Carey Price could only get a piece of Lee Stempniak's sharp-angled shot, and easily slid it into the net for his third goal of the season.

It also gives Monahan a three-game goal-scoring streak.

He showed his passing abilities before the opening frame was in the books, setting up Sven Baertschi for his first goal of the season.

And when Curtis Glencross scored on the powerplay to make it 3-0, it appeared the Flames would continue their home-ice dominance of the Canadiens.

But, as we've witnessed a couple of times already, multiple-goal leads aren't always safe with this year's plucky, but not great defensively Flames.

PK Subban put the visitors on the board before the second period was in the books and then Lars Eller made it a one-goal game midway through the third period.

From that point onward, the heat was on Flames goalie Joey MacDonald, who was something of a surprise starter for the third consecutive games.

MacDonald, who earlier in the game came up with a highlight-reel, old-school stacked pads save on Andrei Markov, came through with a 33-save performance.

The Flames end their homestand Friday against the New Jersey Devils.

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