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Calgary
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43-29-10
Montréal
Canadiens
42-34-6

24 SOG
36 SOG
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MTL
game recap

Canadiens 5, Flames 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 5, Flames 4
Calgary Flames 4, Montréal Canadiens 5

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

Radek Bonk and Sheldon Souray each scored two goals, and Alex 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."

Notes: 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:32
MTL
SHG - Radek Bonk (1) ASST: Mike Johnson (1)
1 - 0 MTL
07:04
CGY
PPG - Matthew Lombardi (2) ASST: Chuck Kobasew (2), Dion Phaneuf (2)
1 - 1 Tie
13:27
MTL
PPG - Sheldon Souray (2) ASST: Michael Ryder (2), Chris Higgins (3)
2 - 1 MTL
13:54
CGY
Matthew Lombardi (3) ASST: Robyn Regehr (1)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
00:44
CGY
Chuck Kobasew (1) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (3)
3 - 2 CGY
01:17
MTL
Radek Bonk (2) ASST: Mike Johnson (2)
3 - 3 Tie
07:46
CGY
PPG - Dion Phaneuf (1) ASST: Alex Tanguay (2), Daymond Langkow (3)
4 - 3 CGY
09:36
MTL
PPG - Sheldon Souray (3) ASST: Andrei Markov (4), Saku Koivu (4)
4 - 4 Tie
15:54
MTL
PPG - Alex Kovalev (2) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (2), Sheldon Souray (2)
5 - 4 MTL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:20
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Hi-sticking against  Chuck Kobasew
03:38
CGY
Jamie Lundmark  Roughing against  Steve Begin
03:38
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  Jamie Lundmark
03:38
MTL
Steve Begin  Roughing against  Jamie Lundmark
04:08
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Roughing against  Jarome Iginla
04:08
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Mike Komisarek
05:34
MTL
Radek Bonk  Hooking against  Kristian Huselius
11:52
CGY
Rhett Warrener  Roughing against  Radek Bonk
11:52
MTL
Radek Bonk  Roughing against  Rhett Warrener
12:56
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Holding against  Alex Kovalev
16:43
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
16:43
MTL
Craig Rivet  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
16:43
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Craig Rivet
18:17
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Cross checking against  Mike Komisarek
18:17
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Roughing
2nd Period
07:43
MTL
Janne Niinimaa  Holding against  Chuck Kobasew
09:31
CGY
Rhett Warrener  Hooking against  Michael Ryder
11:03
CGY
Stephane Yelle  Hooking against  Alex Kovalev
14:37
CGY
Byron Ritchie  Holding the stick against  Chris Higgins
16:30
CGY
Rhett Warrener  Holding against  Alexander Perezhogin
19:26
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Tripping against  Radek Bonk
3rd Period
02:30
CGY
Daymond Langkow  Boarding against  Alexander Perezhogin
05:48
MTL
Janne Niinimaa  Slashing against  Chuck Kobasew
08:52
MTL
Janne Niinimaa  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
12:30
MTL
Saku Koivu  Interference against  Chuck Kobasew
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 36TOI: 58:55
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 11
SV%: .861SH: 2 - 3
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
SA: 24TOI: 59:46
Saves: 20EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .833SH: 3 - 3