Calgary Flames 0 – Montreal Canadiens 2
(It’s a short one, not much to see here folks)
The Calgary Flames slow start cost them the game — ending a 5-game win streak.
Shea Weber came out shooting — getting 5 shots on David Rittich within the first four minutes of the game. Rittich absorbing 12 shots in the first nine minutes of play.
Jordan Weal opened up the scoring for Montreal, with his 5th goal of the season — 1-0 Habs in the first period.
Carey Price with a 31-save shut out — made a bunch of great saves on Lindholm. He had the upper hand on Gaudreau, and a smug smile as #13 couldn’t get the puck past him either.
Price put a stop to a Flames 2-on-1 Mangiapane and Dube breakaway, and a backhand chance by Rieder. Keeping it a 1-0 score for the Habs to end the second period.
Ryan Poehling makes it 2-0 for the Canadiens with his first goal of the season coming in the third period off a Habs face-off win in the Flames zone — he held on to the puck just long enough to get one past the pads of a sprawling Rittich.
1st: 13:30 – Weal (5) (Petry/Weise)
3rd: 9:45 – Poehling (1)
The Flames were lack lustre in their first game of a 3-game road trip. They stayed physical — throwing hits, and defensive — blocking shots on penalty kills. The Johnny – Monny – Backlund line not able to get the scoring going.
Calgary all sorts of desheveled — with broken sticks, and players running into each other.
The Habs almost scored on themselves — Price was out of the net on a Flames delayed penalty — Kovalchuk’s pass attempt hit Lucic and deflected down the ice and just past the Habs net. That’s as exciting as it gets.
Flame of the Game
David Rittich (G): Rittich was solid, making 35 saves on 37 shots.
1/16: Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs, 5PM MT.
by Renu Sahota