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Montreal at Calgary

Flames scorch Habs using three-goal second period

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames ended a four-game losing streak by beating up on a team mired in a deep slump of its own.

Matthew Lombardi and Dustin Boyd scored short-handed goals in a three-goal second period as the Flames overcame a 2-1 deficit and beat the struggling Montreal Canadiens 6-2 Monday night.

With the win, Flames coach Mike Keenan tied Pat Quinn for fourth all-time in NHL coaching victories with 657.

With the Flames trailing 2-1 in the second period, Lombardi tied the game, pouncing on Sergei Kostitsyn's miscue and racing in alone on Jan Halak, beating the goaltender with a backhander.

Thirty-two seconds later, Dion Phaneuf's shot deflected in off a Canadien to give Calgary its first lead of the night.

At 18:43 it was Andrei Markov's turn to mishandle the puck on a Canadiens power play. Eric Nystrom passed ahead to Boyd, who went in all alone to score his first goal in 16 games for a 4-2 lead.

"We're really happy with the way we played. That's the kind of game we were looking for: a lot of energy and playing a full 60 minutes," said Lombardi, who also added two assists.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens held a players-only meeting that lasted over 30 minutes after their sixth road loss in a row and eighth defeat in their last 10 games.

"A lot of good things were said. Hopefully it's a step in the right direction," Montreal all-star defenseman Mike Komisarek said.

The Canadiens were making their first stop on a season-high six-game road trip. They play in Edmonton on Wednesday night.

"The first thing is to really try and forget the last two weeks," said Montreal captain Saku Koivu. "We can't feel sorry for ourselves and we know the situation that we're in. We're the only ones that are going to dig ourselves out of that hole."

When asked if the meeting was a passionate one, Koivu responded, "We're trying to bring the passion back onto the ice, that's what we're trying to do."

Michael Cammalleri, Rene Bourque and David Moss also scored for Calgary. The victory gave the Flames a nine-point lead over Minnesota atop the Northwest Division.

Matt D'Agostini and Tomas Plekanec replied for Montreal.

"Right now we still have games, we still have time to come back and turn this thing around," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. "Tonight was a good time to do that, between the players to air out whatever concern they have and try to pull back again together.

"Right now we're not playing with confidence. It seems that every time we make a mistake it's in our net. Making plays and making passes is really hard because of the confidence that we don't have."

Calgary put the game away in the third period with Bourque's score and Moss getting the night's lone power-play goal of the night.

Making his first start in nine games, Halak saw 41 shots in dropping to 11-10-1. Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves to improve to 31-15-3.

Calgary really poured it on in the second period, outshooting Montreal 20-4. Despite the disparity in shots, the biggest save of the period belonged to Kiprusoff. After going more than 14 minutes without a save, Kiprusoff stacked his pads to deny Andrei Kostitsyn of what looked like the tying goal.

"It was one of those plays where you just have to throw up something and hope and I was lucky enough that I got a glove on it," Kiprusoff said.

Boyd's goal came just over 30 seconds later.

"Our penalty killers were huge for us tonight," said Phaneuf. "They work hard every night, night in, night out, blocking shots, and for them to be rewarded offensively, it was good to see."

In Montreal's first visit to Calgary in more than three years, D'Agostini opened the scoring midway in the first period. Chris Higgins found the Canadiens rookie open in the slot with a centering pass.

The lead didn't lasted long. Cammalleri deflected in Adam Pardy's tricky bouncer from the blue line, tying it 1-1.

Notes

  • Calgary entered the night having scored just three short-handed goals all season. Montreal had surrendered four before Monday night.
  • In his four starts this season after having a game off, Kiprusoff is 2-1-1 with a 3.36 goals against average.
  • Jarome Iginla has two goals in his last 16 games and has scored in just four of Calgary's last 26 games. Other Flames mired in lengthy goal droughts include Curtis Glencross (12 games), Daymond Langkow (10) and Craig Conroy (10).
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Craig Conroy and Dion Phaneuf celebrate after the latter scores to give Calgary its first lead.  (AP)
Craig Conroy and Dion Phaneuf celebrate after the latter scores to give Calgary its first lead. (AP)

Scoreboard
Montreal (29-19-6)2002
Calgary  (31-18-4) «1326
Three Stars
R. Bourque
CGY


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Lombardi
CGY


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
C. Sarich
CGY


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:17Matt D'Agostini (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Higgins, Hamrlik
12:55Michael Cammalleri (28), Backhand Shot. Assist: Pardy, Lombardi
18:41Tomas Plekanec (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kovalev, Hamrlik
2ND PERIOD
11:36Short - Matthew Lombardi (6), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
12:08Dion Phaneuf (7), Tip-In. Assist: Conroy, Bourque
18:43Short - Dustin Boyd (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nystrom
3RD PERIOD
06:57Rene Bourque (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cammalleri, Lombardi
11:51Power Play - David Moss (16), Tip-In. Assist: Sarich
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
17:45Pardy, 2 min, Roughing
17:45Lapierre, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Hamrlik, 2 min, Boarding
20:00Lapierre, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Bourque, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
05:05Gorges, 2 min, Tripping
05:43Kostopoulos, 2 min, Cross-Checking
09:55Bourque, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
17:32Regehr, 2 min, Kneeing
3RD PERIOD
02:37Glencross, 5 min, Fighting
02:37Bouillon, 5 min, Fighting
02:37Bouillon, 2 min, Holding
10:23Bouillon, 2 min, Interference
13:06Sarich, 2 min, Holding the Stick
14:37Glencross, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
Montreal941124
Calgary1320841
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jaroslav Halak60:00356
Miikka Kiprusoff60:00222
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Montreal0-for-4
Calgary1-for-5
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Chris Lee, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Mark Wheler
 
Other Games
NYR 0 Final
NJ 3