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Sunday, October 6th (All times Eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (1-1-0) at Calgary Flames (1-0-1), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Monahan seems to have this NHL thing down already.

The Calgary rookie defenseman will make his home debut on Sunday night as the Flames begin a three-game stay at Scotiabank Saddledome versus the Vancouver Canucks.

Taken sixth overall by the Flames in the 2013 draft, Monahan picked up an assist in his first NHL game on Thursday, a 5-4 shootout loss in Washington. He then scored 2:27 into Friday night's 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets for his first career tally.

"It's a relief to get it in my second game. It's pretty awesome," said Monahan. "Everything is going so quickly right now. I'm taking everything one day at a time and on the ice one shift at a time. I'm learning a lot and I feel like I'm getting better every day."

T.J. Galiardi also scored in the first period, while Jiri Hudler and Curtis Glencross put the Flames ahead for good by scoring 42 seconds apart in the third period.

Joey MacDonald stopped 29-of-32 shots in goal, while Galiardi added an assist in the triumph.

The Flames will celebrate their home opener against the Canucks, who have split their first two games of the season. They lost in San Jose on Thursday, but won their first home contest of the campaign on Saturday night with a 6-2 decision over Edmonton.

John Tortorella earned his first victory as Vancouver's head coach thanks to five straight goals from his offense. Brad Richardson scored shorthanded to begin the run, which also included goals by Dan Hamhuis, Jannik Hansen, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler.

Hansen joined Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the top line with Alex Burrows expected to miss a few weeks of action due to a lower body injury suffered while blocking a shot in Thursday's loss.

"That's the way we want to play," Kesler said. "We let up that early goal, but we responded right away and kept coming and they cracked."

Jason Garrison added a short-handed empty-net goal and Roberto Luongo made 21 saves.

The Canucks won four of five versus the Flames a season ago, splitting two trips to Calgary. They have won 10 of the previous 14 encounters overall and six of their last nine in Calgary.

10/06 10:18:04 ET

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Local
3rd
WAS 74
CHA 78
 
2nd
LOU 33
NCSU 40
 
9:45pm Tonight
DUKE
UTAH
Final
ATL 4
BOS 2
Final
STL 5
NYM 4
Final
PHI 0
NYY 10
Final
MIN 2
PIT 4
Final
WAS 1
STL 1
4th
BAL 0
TAM 0
 
Final
TOR 4
DET 1
Final
CHC 6
CWS 3
Final
OAK 7
TEX 6
Final
ANA 2
ARI 7
Final
ARI 3
CLE 2
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HOU 0
MIA 0
 
9:05pm Tonight
KAN
SEA
 
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SDP
COL
 
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CIN
MIL
 
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LOS
SFG
 
3rd
WAS 74
CHA 78
 
4th
ORL 78
DET 91
 
3rd
PHI 66
LAC 86
 
Half
NYK 39
BOS 47
 
3rd
BRK 59
CLE 56
 
Half
TOR 46
LAL 48
 
Half
ATL 55
MIA 37
 
2nd
MEM 31
GSW 39
 
2nd
HOU 42
MIN 32
 
2nd
NOP 39
SAC 32
 
1st
SAN 13
DAL 9
 
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DEN
UTA
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PHO
POR
2nd
GONZ 51
UCLA 37
 
2nd
LOU 33
NCSU 40
 
9:45pm Tonight
DUKE
UTAH
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NARZ
KSU
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OKLA
MSU
1st Intermission
MIN 1
CAL 1
 
1st
CHI 1
CLB 1
 
9:30pm Tonight
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DAL