NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Calgary|
(Tuesday, March 6th)
Final Score: Calgary 5, Montreal 4
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Curtis Glencross scored the game-winning goal
in the third period and added two assists as the Calgary Flames hung on to
claim a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday at Scotiabank
Jarome Iginla scored twice, while Mark Giordano had a goal and an assist and
David Moss also scored for the Flames, who snapped a two-game skid. Miikka
Kiprusoff stopped 24 shots in the win.
With the victory, the Flames moved to within two points of the Los Angeles
Kings, who defeated the Nashville Predators earlier on Tuesday, for the eighth
and final playoff position in the Western Conference.
"We're not happy with the start, but we did get our feet under us and we got
going a little bit better when the second period started," Flames head coach
Brent Sutter said. "I liked the fact that we put a lot of heat on them there
at the end."
Max Pacioretty scored a pair of goals, while Lars Eller had a goal and a
helper and Tomas Plekanec also lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who have
dropped two straight and seven of their last eight contests. Carey Price was
tagged for all five goals on 34 shots in defeat.
Glencross' eventual winner came at the 7:16 mark of the third period as a
result of a lazy pass in the defensive zone by Montreal.
Following a dump-in, Price came out of his net to play the puck, but he didn't
see Glencross, who easily picked it off and fired it into the open net to give
the Flames a seemingly comfortable 5-2 advantage.
But, the pesky Canadiens would not go down quietly as they scored the next two
goals to make it interesting in the final minutes.
Eller made it a two-goal game at 8:57 of the final stanza when he battled for
a loose puck in the slot, and was knocked down, but still fired the it
through Kiprusoff from his knees.
Pacioretty collected his second goal of the game at 12:06 after he beat the
Flames' netminder with a deft backhander. Montreal pulled Price with just over
a minute to play but could not find an equalizing goal.
The Flames struck first midway though the opening period after Giordano fired
a slap shot from the point that was deflected past Price by Moss, who provided
a perfect screen on the Montreal netminder.
Calgary extended its lead to 2-0 just over two minutes later off a fantastic
bit of skill by Iginla. He picked up the puck deep in the offensive zone on
the left wing, shifted to his backhand and cut to the slot before beating
Price with a forehand wrister.
Skating on the power play, Yannick Weber fired a slap shot from the left point
that was kicked out by Kiprusoff, but the puck came right to Eller, who
dropped it back to Plekanec and he slammed it home to make it 2-1 with just
four seconds left on the first period clock.
Montreal tied the game at two 9:28 into the second frame when Pacioretty snuck
one past Kiprusoff, but the Flames regained their two-goal edge with the next
two scores to take a 4-2 lead.
Calgary took a 3-2 lead at 13:44 of the second period with some excellent
passing off the rush.
Olli Jokinen gained the blue line on the left wing and found Glencross in the
slot. Glencross then neatly dropped it back to an onrushing Giordano, who
walked into a booming slap shot that whizzed past Price.
The Flames made it 4-2 with 1:18 left in the second period when Iginla glided
into the offensive zone on the right wing and fired a shot that was blocked
out high. The Flames' captain collected his own rebound, brought the puck
around behind the net and stuffed a wrap-around attempt past Price, who had
taken his right skate off the post.
"Your top two lines have to be your catalysts offensively, but that's not any
different now than it was three months ago," said Canadiens head coach Randy
Glencross extended his goal scoring streak to five straight games...Flames
forward Tim Jackman left the game in the second period after taking a hard hit
from Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin...Montreal went 1-for-2 with the man
advantage, while the Flames failed to score on two power-play chances.
03/07 00:55:05 ET