NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, November 20th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (8-9-1-1) at Calgary Flames (7-8-0-2), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames try to make it two straight wins
tonight, as they continue their longest homestand of the season against the
Montreal Canadiens at the Saddledome.
On Tuesday, Toni Lydman scored his second goal of the season at 1:24 of
overtime to lift the Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Steve Reinprecht and Dean McAmmond both scored and Jarome Iginla notched
assists on all three goals for Calgary, which won for just the second time in
seven games (2-4-0-1). Jamie McLennan turned aside 15 shots in the victory.
On the game-winning goal, Reinprecht's shot was swatted away by Ed Belfour but
caromed directly onto the stick of Lydman, who snapped it home from the left
circle to give the Flames the victory.
The Flames, now an even 4-4-0 on friendly ice, will be playing the second leg
of a six-game homestand tonight.
Montreal, meanwhile, suffered its second loss in three games on Tuesday when
it found itself on the wrong end of a 5-4 overtime decision to the Vancouver
Canucks at GM Place.
Richard Zednik tallied twice for the Canadiens, who are just 2-4-1-1 in their
last eight. Andrei Markov and Michael Ryder completed the scoring in the loss
while Saku Koivu registered three assists for the visitors.
With the contest tied at 4-4, Todd Bertuzzi gained control of the puck and
circled behind the net. At the left circle, he fed across to Mattias Ohlund,
who beat Jose Theodore to lift Vancouver to victory.
Theodore posted 37 saves for Montreal, which was dreadful on the penalty kill.
The Habs allowed the Canucks to score three power-play goals on seven chances
to send their league-worst road penalty killing clip below 70 percent.
The Canadiens are 3-4-0-1 away from home this season and will conclude their
five-game road trip Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers in the Heritage
Classic outdoor game at Commonwealth Stadium.
Montreal was 1-0-1 against the Flames last season and is 6-4-4 in the last 14
meetings. The Habs, though, are just 1-2-2 in their last five trips to
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