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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames still have a bit of time to sort out their short-term plans for junior-aged center Sean Monahan.

The 18-year-old is making it obvious he wants to stay.

Calgary's sixth-overall pick in the 2013 draft, Monahan scored once and added an assist for the Flames in a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Sven Baertschi and Curtis Glencross also scored for the Flames (2-0-2), who extended their point streak to four games. Calgary goalie Joey MacDonald made 33 stops in his third consecutive start.

P.K. Subban and Lars Eller scored for the Canadiens (1-2-0).

Monahan, who turns 19 on Saturday and must be returned to the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's if he doesn't stick in the NHL, is making the most of his extended audition with the big club. He has collected points in all four of Calgary's games so far and leads the team with three goals.

Monahan opened the scoring at the 9:09 mark of the first period, setting up winger Lee Stempniak on an odd-man rush and then capitalizing on the rebound after Canadiens goalie Carey Price made the initial stop.

Just before the first intermission, Monahan made a great cross-crease pass to Baertschi, who scored on a tap-in to give his linemate his first multi-point night at the NHL level.

Glencross padded the lead at 16:22 of the middle frame with a dandy deflection of Dennis Wideman's shot from the point on the power play. It proved a valuable insurance marker when Subban scored on a man-advantage just 1:24 later.

Eller was in the right place at the right time to trim Calgary's lead to 3-2 at 10:40 of the third period, scoring on a one-timer after the puck bounced off the end boards and into the danger zone.

That was as close at the Canadiens would get. MacDonald made several solid saves as the Habs pressed for the equalizer, although his best work was undoubtedly a robbery of defenseman Andrei Markov on a second-period power play.

Price finished with 22 saves.

The Canadiens continue their road-trip Thursday in Edmonton against the Oilers. Next up for the Flames is Friday's visit from the New Jersey Devils.

NOTES: The Canadiens remain winless at the Saddledome since Jan. 5, 2002, a span of seven consecutive setbacks. ... LW Max Pacioretty was back in Montreal's lineup after missing one game with a wrist injury. The Habs were without the services of D Davis Drewiske (shoulder), D Alexei Emelin (knee) and D Douglas Murray (upper body) and tough guy George Parros (concussion), while C Matt Stajan (leg) and LW Michael Cammalleri were out for the Flames. On Wednesday, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin told the Montreal Gazette that Parros, who was carried off the ice on a stretcher and taken to hospital after being injured during a fight in Montreal's season opener, was "almost symptom-free" ... Canadiens LW Rene Bourque skated in the 500th game of his NHL career, a tally that includes 249 appearances for the Flames. Bourque was part of a package traded to the Habs in January 2012, with Cammalleri and Flames backup G Karri Ramo heading the other way.

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