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NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Montreal



(Thursday, February 19th)

Final Score: Montreal 4, Calgary 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Pierre Dagenais snapped a tie in the second period and added an empty-net goal late in the game, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 victory over Calgary at the Bell Centre.

Patrice Brisebois and Niklas Sundstrom also scored for the Canadiens, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Mathieu Garon made 19 saves to win his fourth-straight start since late December.

The Flames got a goal from captain Jarome Iginla and 28 saves from Miikka Kiprusoff, but had their season-high five-game winning streak snapped.

"They out-competed us tonight," Iginla said. "We've been feeling good and unfortunately we didn't prepare ourselves in the first two periods."

Montreal scored twice in the second period for a 3-1 lead.

Dagenais struck first at 12:28, fighting for good position in front before stuffing home a rebound for the 2-1 lead.

"Pierre's performance explains how important the mental part of the game becomes," said Canadiens coach Claude Julien. "Tonight, he got involved in all aspects of the game."

Brisebois then made it 3-1 on a power play with just under two minutes remaining in the period, firing a slap shot past Kiprusoff from above the left circle.

Garon needed just 13 saves over the final two periods to make the lead stick. He was starting in place of Jose Theodore, who had lost the previous four games in net for Montreal.

The Canadiens, who avenged a 2-1 loss to the Flames on November 20, improved to 9-4-2 in their last 15 games overall.

They jumped on the board first at 7:00 of the opening period when Sundstrom picked up a loose puck in the slot and backhanded his eighth past an out-of- position Kiprusoff.

But Iginla knotted the score with 1:37 remaining in the period when he blasted a slap shot over Garon's glove from above the left circle. The unassisted goal was Iginla's 30th.

Game Notes

Montreal is unbeaten in four of its last five games against Calgary (3-1-1)...Andrei Markov and Michael Ryder each picked up two assists for the Canadiens...The Flames were scoreless on four power play opportunities...Montreal was 1-of-5 with the man advantage.

02/20 01:06:06 ET


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