NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Calgary
(Monday, February 9th)
Final Score: Calgary 6, Montreal 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Matthew Lombardi and Dustin Boyd scored short- handed goals during the pivotal second period, as the Calgary Flames beat the Canadiens, 6-2, sending Montreal to its eighth loss in 10 games.
Dion Phaneuf scored the go-ahead goal just 32 seconds after Lombardi tied it, as the Flames snapped a season-high four-game skid. Rene Bourque, Mike Cammalleri and David Moss also lit the lamp, while Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 22 shots. Lombardi finished with a goal and two assists.
Matt D'Agostini and Tomas Plekanec had first-period goals for the Canadiens, who have lost their last three contests, having been outscored 14-6 during that span. Jaroslav Halak had 35 saves for Montreal in the opener of a six- game road trip.
Down 2-1 to start the second period, the Flames were energized thanks to spectacular short-handed play and 20 shots in the middle period. Bourque was called for interference for banging into Halak, but Lombardi scored at 11:36 on a breakaway, tucking a backhander past the netminder.
A short time later, Phaneuf scored on a shot from the slot through a screen, and Kiprusoff kept Calgary ahead with two minutes left in the second when he made a great sprawling pad stop on Andrei Kostitsyn.
Boyd made it 4-2 with another short-handed goal, this one with 1:17 remaining in the period, another breakaway, for his first goal in 16 games. The goal came with Robyn Regehr in the penalty box for kneeing.
"We came alive. Our plan was to get pucks behind their defense," said Cammalleri. "They stand four guys at the blue line and we didn't want to turn it over. We got a lot of shots at Halak and a couple of rebounds."
It became 5-2 at 6:57 of the third. Lombardi sent the puck from the left corner toward the slot, where it bounced off Cammalleri before Bourque mopped up with the rebound for his 18th goal of the season.
Moss accounted for the final margin with a power play score at 11:51 of the third.
Roman Hamrlik had two assists for Montreal, which has lost six in a row on the road.
"If we get to the 82nd game and we're not in the playoffs I think for me that's going to be rock-bottom," said Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau. "Right now we still have games, still have time to come back and turn this thing around."
D'Agostini scored on a snap shot from the right circle 10:17 into the opening period, but the Flames tied it less than three minutes later on Cammalleri's 28th goal of the season when he redirected a dribbling puck in front of the net.
Plekanec's goal, with 1:19 remaining in the first, came off a 2-on-1 break. Alex Kovalev sent a pass from the left circle to below the right one for the goal as Kiprusoff was out of position.
The Canadiens will visit Edmonton on Wednesday, while Calgary's next contest is the same night at Anaheim...The Canadiens were 0-for-4 on the power play, while Calgary was 1-for-5.
02/10 01:05:29 ET