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Kovalev nets power-play goal to give Canadiens win over Flames

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens are keeping games close and picking up points.

Radek Bonk and Sheldon Souray each scored two goals, and Alexei Kovalev netted Montreal's third power-play goal of the game, leading the Canadiens to a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Matthew Lombardi scored twice in the first period for Calgary, and the game was tied at 2 after 20 minutes. The teams traded the lead twice in the second before Kovalev scored his second goal of the season on Montreal's sixth power play, giving the Canadiens the decisive 5-4 advantage.

Montreal, which fell 3-2 to Ottawa on Saturday in its third shootout in the first four games, remained undefeated through regulation (3-0-2).

"The important thing is the win, and we got that," Bonk said.

Dion Phaneuf had a goal and two assists, and Chuck Kobasew also scored for Calgary. The Flames have allowed 10 goals while losing two straight after opening their four-game road trip with a 1-0 win in Ottawa on Thursday.

"I think we're a very good defensive club," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. "Before tonight we were probably in the top quarter of clubs in the league on defense. You have to learn how to win games different ways, and tonight was a different style of game. There were power plays, there were bounces going, and they found a way to win it."

Montreal forward Aaron Downey left the game and was taken to a hospital after his head slammed against the glass above the boards during a check from Robyn Regehr early in the first. He was hospitalized Tuesday night with a concussion.

Downey had his head down as he skated along the boards to dump the puck and never saw the Calgary defenseman, who skated backward and drove his right shoulder into Downey's head, dropping him to the ice.

"It was clean," Regehr said. "It was at a point in the game where I thought they had the momentum a little bit by scoring the short-handed goal on us. I came across the ice looking for the hit as he was trying to get to the red line and make the dump in. I believe he had his head down, too, and I just came with the shoulder."

Mike Johnson had two assists, including his breakaway pass to Bonk, who opened the scoring with a short-handed effort 1:32 in when he faked a shot before slipping a backhand in off goalie Miikka Kiprusoff's right skate.

"I had a bird's eye view. He's obviously got a lot of skills and he can put the puck in the net and make good plays, and he showed it," Johnson said.

Calgary, 1-for-33 with the man advantage entering the game, got its second power-play goal of the season at 7:04 when Lombardi put Phaneuf's rebound past Cristobal Huet.

Lombardi, a native of Montreal, drew the Flames even again at 2 with his third goal of the season -- second of the period -- at 13:54. It came 27 seconds after Souray scored on a 4-on-3.

Kobasew got his first of the season 44 seconds into the second to put Calgary up 3-2, but Bonk tied it 33 seconds later with his second of the game.

Phaneuf scored Calgary's second power-play goal of the night at 7:46 when he one-timed a slap shot past Huet, off a pass from Alex Tanguay, three seconds after Canadiens defenseman Janne Niinimaa was whistled for holding.

The Canadiens replied 1:50 later as Souray tied it at 4, five seconds after Rhett Warrener was sent off for hooking.

"That's hardly what the scouting report would have dictated, a back-and-forth affair, nine goals, lots of action," Johnson said. "They're obviously fun games to play when you win, not so much when you lose."


  • Lombardi had six goals in 55 games last season.
  • Canadiens D Mark Streit made his season debut, replacing Mathieu Dandenault, who is sidelined indefinitely by a partially torn calf. The Swiss national team captain was paired with Niinimaa.
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Radek Bonk beats Miikka Kiprusoff on a shorthanded situation for the first of his two goals. (AP)
Radek Bonk beats Miikka Kiprusoff on a shorthanded situation for the first of his two goals. (AP)
Calgary (2-3-1)2204
Montreal  (3-0-2) «2305
Three Stars
R. Bonk

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
S. Souray

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Lombardi

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
01:32Short - Radek Bonk, Backhand Shot - Assist: Mike Johnson
07:04Power Play - Matthew Lombardi (2), Snap Shot - Assists: Chuck Kobasew, Dion Phaneuf
13:27Power Play - Sheldon Souray (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Michael Ryder, Christopher Higgins
13:54Matthew Lombardi (3), Wrist Shot - Assist: Robyn Regehr
01:17Radek Bonk, Wrist Shot - Assist: Mike Johnson
07:46Power Play - Dion Phaneuf, Slap Shot - Assists: Alex Tanguay, Daymond Langkow
09:36Power Play - Sheldon Souray (3), Slap Shot - Assists: Andrei Markov, Saku Koivu
15:54Power Play - Alexei Kovalev (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Tomas Plekanec, Sheldon Souray
00:44Chuck Kobasew, Backhand Shot - Assist: Dion Phaneuf
Penalty Summary
01:20Souray: High sticking - 2 min.
03:38Lundmark: Roughing - 2 min.
03:38Begin: Roughing - 2 min.
03:38Souray: Roughing - 2 min.
04:08Iginla: Roughing - 2 min.
04:08Komisarek: Roughing - 2 min.
05:34Bonk: Hooking - 2 min.
11:52Bonk: Roughing - 2 min.
11:52Warrener: Roughing - 2 min.
12:56Phaneuf: Holding - 2 min.
16:43Phaneuf: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
16:43Souray: Roughing - 2 min.
16:43Rivet: Roughing - 2 min.
18:17Iginla: Cross Check - 2 min.
18:17Komisarek: Roughing - 2 min.
07:43Niinimaa: Holding - 2 min.
09:31Warrener: Hooking - 2 min.
14:37Ritchie: Holding the stick - 2 min.
16:30Warrener: Holding - 2 min.
19:26Phaneuf: Tripping - 2 min.
02:30Langkow: Boarding - 2 min.
05:48Niinimaa: Slashing - 2 min.
08:52Niinimaa: Delay of Game - 2 min.
12:30Koivu: Interference - 2 min.
Calgary8106 24
Montreal13176 36
Miikka Kiprusoff58:55315
Cristobal Huet59:46204
Attendance - 21273
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Dave Jackson, Chris Lee
Line Judges - Michel Cormier, Derek Nansen
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