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A Comeback Year For Sean Monahan

from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,

Sean Monahan isn't taking his good health for granted while he's building an NHL career-best season with the Calgary Flames.

The 24-year-old center scored his Flames-leading 21st goal of the season in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. Monahan reached the 20-goal mark in Calgary's 32nd game (Dec. 12), his fastest in six NHL seasons. He's on pace for 47 goals, which would easily eclipse his NHL career high of 31, which he accomplished in in 2014-15 and matched last season.

That he was able to score 31 goals and finish with an NHL career-best 64 points in 2017-18 before being shut down for the final eight games of the season was a tribute to his tenacity. By mid-April, Monahan had four different operations -- a wrist reconstruction, two hernia procedures and groin surgery.

"Not a lot of guys knew what he was going through," defenseman Travis Hamonic said. "That just shows what kind of leader he is, what kind of player he is, what kind of person he is.

"He keeps his mouth shut and shows up to work every single day. He did it that way and still had a heck of a season last year."

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