Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/2/14
With a CBC towel draped around his neck after scoring both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Edmonton Oilers, Sean Monahan hardly looked like the 19-year-old rookie that he is. Then, again, that’s been the story of the 2013-14 National Hockey League season for the Calgary Flames pivot. “It’s pretty awesome,” said Monahan, fresh off a Hockey Night in Canada appearance with CBC’s Scott Oake. “It’s my first overtime goal. At this point, we just want to win as many hockey games as we can. I think by helping the team like that, it’s pretty special. “I’m just trying to stick to my game and lucky enough, I’m getting some good bounces and it’s giving me confidence.” Yes, you could say so. Not only is the teenager becoming famous for his short and snappy media interviews --- he has a parody account on Twitter (@boringmonahan) --- but he’s also leading the Flames with 18 goals in 53 games. Nothing seems to surprise anyone anymore about the kid’s play-making ability. On this night, his heroics came in handy --- twice. Scoring early, the Flames rode a 1-0 lead into the third period until the Oilers tied the game 1-1. Late to the party at Rexall Place, David Perron had spoiled Reto Berra’s shut-out bid with a snap shot nearly halfway through. But with only 1:50 elapsed in overtime, Paul Byron, all five-foot-seven(ish) of him beat Martin Marincin to the puck in the corner and fed Monahan to seal a 2-1 decision. “All I heard was Monnie yelling at me,” Byron said. “He made an unbelievable play in front of the net. “He’s such a smart player and always puts himself in positions to score. When he’s open in the slot, you just try to feed him. He’s got a quick release and if you get it to him, chances are he’s going to put it in.” Which, of course, is ironic considering Monahan was the subject of conversation at Saturday’s morning skate on the Flames side. Trying to cook up some more offensive options, Bob Hartley had drawn up the line combination of rookie call-up Markus Granlund, rookie pivot Monahan, and Joe Colborne. The trio are all natural centremen; all three have loads of raw talent and play-making ability. And, wouldn't you know it, the shake-up worked.
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