CALGARY -- Carey Price grounded the Calgary Flames.
Price made 37 saves through regulation and overtime, then PA Parenteau scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 win against the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.
"I think there's no question, everyone that watched that game knows that. That's what [Price] does," Parenteau said. "He's an exceptional goalie. We've got to give him a break. We have to play better hockey. Tonight we didn't play the way we wanted. We come out with two points. We've got to address a few of our weaknesses we had [Tuesday]."
It was the Canadiens' first victory in Calgary in nine games; they were 0-7-1 since taking a 4-2 win at Scotiabank Saddledome on Jan. 5, 2002. It came 24 hours after Montreal dropped the opening game of its three-game road trip through Western Canada in a 3-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers with Dustin Tokarski starting in net.
The loss proved costly to Calgary. Right wing Joe Colborne left the game with an upper-body injury after three shifts in the second period, and center Matt Stajan was forced from the game midway through the third after a knee-on-knee collision with Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi, who was penalized on the play.
Forward Mason Raymond, who is tied for the Flames lead in goals with five, was placed on injured reserve earlier Tuesday with a shoulder injury; he is expected to be week-to-week.
"In my book there's only one positive, and it's the two points," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "I don't think I can ask for anything more from my guys. What a great game. I think our fans saw a great goalie battle. Just couldn't capitalize on a couple of scoring chances, and that was the difference in the game."
In the third round of the shootout, Parenteau skated in on Jonas Hiller and beat the Flames goaltender to the blocker side for the win.
"That's my go-to move," Parenteau said. "I have one other move. I was coming down and that corner was open, so I went with it. I think when you know you have the game on your stick, it makes a huge difference. It makes you want to bare down and go home with those two points. That's what I did. I had my move in mind, and luckily it worked for me."
The goal came after Johnny Gaudreau appeared to give the Flames an edge in the shootout, but his initial attempt on a deke hit Price's pad, nullifying the second-chance opportunity he put in the net.
"He made a great move," Price said. "He had me totally beat, and I just stuck my leg out and fortunately I had enough to stop the momentum of the puck. A game situation that's a great goal, but those aren't the rules in the shootout."
The shootout was necessary thanks to Price, who flashed a quick glove to deny Flames captain Mark Giordano on a 3-on-1 with 1:53 remaining in overtime.
Each team had plenty of opportunities to avoid overtime too.
TJ Brodie turned over the puck at the Montreal blue line, springing Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty in alone. Gallagher moved the puck ahead to Pacioretty, who lost control before Gallagher poked the loose puck on net, forcing Hiller to make a save with an outstretched pad 1:28 into the third.
Calgary failed to capitalize on three power plays in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
"We generated a lot of power plays because of the way we're moving in skating all night," Giordano said. "And a lot of good looks, a lot of good chances; we missed the net on a few, but [Price] also came up big when they needed it most."
Special-teams play was key from the onset of the game with a first period that featured five combined power plays. The man advantages didn't provide enough of a spark for the Canadiens or Flames to get on the board. Instead, the best chances to open the scoring came at even strength.
Canadiens forward Rene Bourque had a prime opportunity to open the scoring against his former team at 13:29 of the first, taking a pass from Tinordi and streaking in alone from center, but Hiller got a piece of it with his outstretched glove for one of six saves in the period.
Price stopped nine shots, including a partial breakaway by forward Paul Byron, who gloved down a pass, spun at the blue line and let a shot go that the Montreal goaltender blockered away.
The teams continued the parade to the penalty box in a spirited second period, when six minor penalties were called, but it was at even strength that Calgary and Montreal exchanged goals.
Giordano took a pass from Gaudreau off the rush and snapped a shot from the top of the slot that beat Price to the glove side to give Calgary a 1-0 lead at 2:09.
Giordano's goal marked the seventh time in eight games a defenseman has scored first for the Flames; Brodie scored one, and Dennis Wideman, whose four-game goal-scoring streak came to an end, has the other five.
The goal came one shift after Gaudreau corralled his own rebound but was stuffed short on a wraparound attempt. Mikael Backlund poked the loose puck over the line, but not before Price had knocked the net off to negate the goal.
Gaudreau continued to buzz, feeding a behind-the-back pass by a sprawling Emelin and between Subban's legs before getting to Byron, but Price went post-to-post to make the stop.
The save proved big.
Moments after a roughing minor to Giordano expired, defenseman Tom Gilbert corralled a clearing attempt by Stajan along the boards and sailed a shot on net that beat Hiller, who was screened, and caught the far post before trickling in for his first goal with the Canadiens to draw Montreal even 1-1 at 12:48.
"There was just a lane, just trying to get it on net," Gilbert said. "I was on the one side. I got a nice little boom off my stick. It's a D-man just trying to get it on net. It's one of those things where I did see a lane and I'm just trying to get it on there as quick as possible. It's just one of those shots that no one saw."