NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Montreal
(Tuesday, December 9th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Calgary 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Robert Lang scored twice and Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves, as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-1, at Bell Centre.
Matt D'Agostini scored his fourth goal in as many games and Andrei Markov also lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who have won three of their last four games and earned at least a point for the 10th time in their last 12 games overall (7-3-2).
Dustin Boyd, who had missed the previous five games with an upper body injury, returned to the lineup and scored the only goal for the Flames, who are 2-2 in their last four games. Miikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals on 31 shots in the losing effort.
The Canadiens grabbed a 1-0 lead 3:41 into the first period. Lang's backhander from near the left post was stopped by Kiprusoff, but the momentum of Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano pushed the puck across the goal line and Lang was credited with his ninth goal of the season.
At the 4:17 mark of the second stanza, the Habs built a 2-0 lead courtesy of a great individual effort by D'Agostini. In the Calgary offensive zone, Adam Pardy released a quick wrist shot from the left point that D'Agostini blocked with his body. D'Agostini then pushed the disc ahead of him, outskated Pardy through the neutral zone, streaked in on a breakaway and beat Kiprusoff with a simple deke move.
Soon after, the Flames cut their deficit in half on Boyd's seventh goal of the season. Jarome Iginla held control of the puck along the right-wing side and sent a pass across the slot that perfectly found the stick of Boyd, whose wrist shot while falling to the ice from inside the opposite circle flew into the back of the cage at 6:32.
Lang's second goal of the game, with 4:42 remaining before the second intermission, moved Montreal ahead 3-1. Alex Tanguay held control along the lower left half-wall and centered the puck to Lang, whose turnaround wrister from atop the crease -- with Calgary's Rene Bourque draped on his back -- slid along the ice past Kiprusoff.
Markov's one-timer from the point midway through the third period capped the scoring.
The Habs improved to 9-2-3 at home this season and will continue their seven- game homestand on Thursday against Tampa Bay...Calgary lost on the road for the first time in five tries and is now 7-7-0 as the visitor in 2008-09...Montreal has won four straight at home against Calgary...The teams finished a combined 0-for-7 on the power play -- Calgary had four of the chances with the man advantage.
12/09 22:31:14 ET