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Monahan gets 31st goal midway through 3rd period to lift Flames in 3-2 win over Coyotes

  • Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, left, gives up a goal to Calgary Flames' David Jones during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Calgary, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)

    Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, left, gives up a goal to Calgary Flames' David Jones during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Calgary, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, left, tangles with Calgary Flames' Josh Jooris uring the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Calgary, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)

    Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, left, tangles with Calgary Flames' Josh Jooris uring the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Calgary, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona Coyotes' B.J. Crombeen, right, hits Calgary Flames' TJ Brodie during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)

    Arizona Coyotes' B.J. Crombeen, right, hits Calgary Flames' TJ Brodie during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)  (The Associated Press)

Sean Monahan scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to lift the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Monahan carried the puck up ice and into the Coyotes' zone and, after hitting the brakes in the slot, sent a shot past Mike Smith for his 31st goal of the season. It came less than 2 minutes after Arizona capitalized on a big mistake by Flames goalie Jonas Hiller to tie it.

David Jones and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for the Flames, which swept the teams' five-game season series by a combined score of 20-8.

B.J. Crombeen and Craig Cunningham scored for the Coyotes.

Calgary can clinch their first trip to the postseason in six years when it hosts Los Angeles.