With his second period tally tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sean Monahan has scored career goal #100, becoming the youngest Flame to do so at 22 years and 134 days.
That took a while. After being on the verge of this milestone since beating the Wild 5-1 on Feb. 1, Monahan has had nothing but bad luck. Against New Jersey, he had a handful of really good chances that somehow didn’t go in the net. Big Sean nearly had the overtime winner and #100 against the Penguins, but the goal was waived off after Matt Murray lost his mask. He had four shots in pretty close quarters against the Flyers, and five against the Canucks. It’s been a frustrating few games.
Safe to say that tonight has been a relief for the young centre.
The sixth overall selection from the 2013 NHL draft, Monahan has broken far away from the pack in terms of goals. He currently leads Nathan MacKinnon, the closest scorer to Monahan, by 29 goals. For additional perspective Darnell Nurse, the pick after Monahan, has 15 career points.
Monahan becomes the 27th Flame to score 100 goals exclusively with the team, 17th if you don’t include Atlanta. He is also the first player drafted by the Flames to score 100 goals with the team since German Titov (drafted 1993). Since his debut in 2013-14, Monahan has been the 19th most productive goalscorer league-wide.
He finds himself in elite company:
All in all, he’s pretty good. Here’s to 100 more.
Goal #1: Oct. 4, 2013 against the Columbus Blue Jackets
Goal #50: March 19, 2015 against the Philadelphia Flyers
Goal #100: Feb. 23, 2017 against the Tampa Bay Lightning