NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Calgary
(Thursday, January 19th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, Montreal 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla scored two goals to help the Calgary Flames edge Montreal, 3-2, at the Saddledome.
Daymond Langkow also lit the lamp while Miikka Kiprusoff made 16 saves for Calgary, which has won two in a row since dropping three straight.
Saku Koivu had a goal and an assist and Alex Kovalev added a tally in defeat for the Canadiens. Netminder Jose Theodore turned away 27 of 30 shots.
This was Montreal's first loss in three tries under general manager Bob Gainey, who took over head coaching responsibilities after Claude Julien was fired on January 14.
Montreal drew first blood 3:07 into the game while skating with a man advantage, as Sheldon Souray's slapshot from the point hit off of Saku Koivu before caroming into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Calgary, though, responded with two power-play tallies to finish the frame and go on top.
Iginla netted his first goal of the night at the 5:41 mark on a wrister from the left circle that beat Theodore short side. Then, with just under five minutes remaining and Calgary skating on a 5-on-3, Langkow deflected Steven Reinprecht's shot from the point into the cage to make it 2-1.
Iginla then scored his 21st goal of the season midway through the second on a backhander from the slot to stake Calgary to a two-goal edge.
"I think the confidence is coming back, for sure," Iginla said.
Montreal came within a goal with under five minutes to play, as Kovalev stole the puck and fired a slapshot from above the right circle that beat Kiprusoff low.
The Flames kept the puck mostly in the Montreal end in the closing moments, however, to prevent the equalizer.
Souray was tagged with a 10-minute misconduct in the first period after swinging his casted left forearm at Darren McCarty and drawing blood...Al MacNeil, who has coached for both Calgary and Montreal and spent 48 seasons involved in hockey, was honored before the game...Montreal hasn't won more than two straight since a five-game stretch from October 31-November 8...The Habs are 7-11-4 as the visiting team this season...The Flames, who are 17-4-2 at the Saddledome, will host Buffalo on Saturday.
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