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Monahan scores shootout winner as Flames come from behind to beat Predators

January 24, 2014 - 9:15 PM

CALGARY - Reto Berra remained perfect in shootouts, and Sean Monahan scored the deciding goal as the Calgary Flames overcame a four-goal night from Eric Nystrom to post a 5-4 comeback victory over the Nashville Predators.

Monahan, the Flames 19-year-old rookie and leading scorer, beat Devan Dubnyk on a deke after Jiri Hudler scored in the shootout for Calgary and Roman Josi replied for the Predators to even it after three shooters.

Berra improved to 4-0 in shootouts this season as he sprawled to get a pad on a deke from Ryan Ellis.

With the single point, Nashville (23-22-8) moved within seven points of one of the two wildcard spots in the Western Conference, currently held by Minnesota and Vancouver. The Predators kicked off a four-game road trip with a 2-1 win against the Canucks on Thursday.

Mark Giordano, David Jones, Mikael Backlund and T.J. Brodie scored for Calgary (18-27-7). The Flames have now won two games in a row for the first time in over a month. Giordano's first period goal gave him a career-high six-game points streak (3-3-6).

The Flames trailed 3-1 entering the third period but got back to within one on Jones' first goal in 18 games at 1:24.

After Nystrom restored the two-goal cushion, re-directing Matt Cullen's shot through the pads of Berra at 10:47, the Flames answered right back less than two minutes later with Backlund deflecting in Kris Russell's point shot for Calgary's third power-play goal of the night.

Brodie's rising shot from the blue-line eluded Dubnyk over his shoulder to even the game just over a minute later.

Nystrom entered the night with one goal in his previous 19 games, but he wasted little time giving Nashville the early lead as he fired a shot past Karri Ramo from the slot just 1:51 into the game.

Tied 1-1, the 30-year-old gave the Predators the lead again on a strange goal 1:50 into the second period. From centre ice, Josi flipped the puck towards the Calgary net where it took a weird bounce that Ramo was just able to get his shoulder in front of. Nystrom was first to the rebound and he jammed it under the Flames goalie.

Nystrom made it 3-1 less than five minutes later, tipping Paul Gaustad's shot from deep in the corner over Ramo's shoulder.

Heading into Friday's game, Nystrom had never scored more than two goals in a single contest, and had only scored twice three times.

Ramo was promptly pulled by Flames coach Bob Hartley after Nystrom's third goal, leaving the game with nine saves on 12 shots. It was the first time Ramo had been pulled this season.

Dubnyk was making his second start since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 15 in a trade for Matt Hendricks. He had 27 saves while Berra, in relief, had 12.

It was the second meeting between the two teams in 10 days, with the Predators winning 4-2 in Nashville earlier.

Notes: The Flames had multiple power-play goals for just the second time since Oct. 21. The last time they had two was Dec. 23... Nystrom had 19 goals and 20 assists in 204 games with Calgary over parts of four seasons... Paul Byron (foot) returned to the Flames line-up after missing one game. Scratched for Calgary was RW Brian McGrattan (foot) and D Ladislav Smid (undisclosed)... The Predators are 8-3-2 against the Pacific Division... The Flames win for the first time (1-3-2) when Jones scores.

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