Habs Game Report: Price stones Flames in 2-0 Hab win

 

Rene Bourque pots winner

 
 
 
 
Rene Bourque of the Canadiens shoots the puck past Reto Berra of the Calgary Flames to score his second-period goal during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
 
 

Rene Bourque of the Canadiens shoots the puck past Reto Berra of the Calgary Flames to score his second-period goal during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.

Photograph by: Richard Wolowicz, Getty Images

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The skinny: Michael Cammalleri has been more productive than Rene Bourque since they were traded for each other two years ago, but Bourque’s goal at 16:15 of the second period was the icebreaker as the Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames 2-0 Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Bourque went to the net and was rewarded when Brandon Prust’s centring pass caromed off his leg. Carey Price, who was on the losing end of 2-1 counts in his last two starts, didn’t leave anything to chance as he made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. Swiss Olympian Reto Berra made 25 saves for the Flames.

Movin’ on up: The win lifted the Canadiens back into third place in the Atlantic Division. They are tied in points with Toronto at 66, but they have the advantage because they hold a game in hand on the Leafs.

Killer effort: The Canadiens’ penalty killers came up with a super effort, limiting Calgary to two shots after they found themselves short-handed 5-on-3 for 1:59. Tomas Plekanec was called for roughing at 4:36 of the second period and Lars Eller was guilty of delay of game on the ensuing faceoff. The Canadiens’ lone power play came with 30 seconds to play and David Desharnais scored into the empty net at 19:49.

Impressive debut: Forward Dale Weise, who was acquired from Vancouver on Monday, played a strong game on the fourth line with Ryan White and Michael Bournival. He had three shots on goal and delivered three hits. White, who returned to the lineup after missing 14 games with an upper-body injury, led Montreal with six shots on goal.

Let’s go to the videotape: The Flames thought they had the first goal of the game at 1:43 of the second period but a video review in Toronto showed that Price covered Lee Stempniak’s wrist shot with his pad before the puck crossed the goal line.

Stat of the night: In a first period that could have been marketed as a cure for insomnia, the Canadiens had nine giveaways, which matched the number of shots on goal by both teams. Montreal had a 5-4 advantage and had another 11 shots blocked. The Canadiens finished with 22 giveaways.

What’s next: The Canadiens face the Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Centre Thursday (7:30 p.m., TSN-Habs, RDS, TSN-690 Radio). Vancouver will be playing its third road game in four nights after losing 2-0 in Detroit Monday and 3-1 in Boston Tuesday. Former Canadien Raphael Diaz scored the lone Vancouver goal in his debut with the Canucks. Montreal wraps up its pre-Olympic schedule with a visit to Carolina Saturday (6 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN-690 Radio).

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Rene Bourque of the Canadiens shoots the puck past Reto Berra of the Calgary Flames to score his second-period goal during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
 

Rene Bourque of the Canadiens shoots the puck past Reto Berra of the Calgary Flames to score his second-period goal during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.

Photograph by: Richard Wolowicz, Getty Images

 
Rene Bourque of the Canadiens shoots the puck past Reto Berra of the Calgary Flames to score his second-period goal during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
Alexei Emelin (#74) of the Montreal Canadiens and Lee Stempniak (#22) of the Calgary Flames battle for the rebound in front of goalie Carey Price (#31) during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens’ Douglas Murray, right, collides with Calgary Flames’ TJ Galiardi during second-period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Sean Monahan (#23) of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck while being chased by Dale Weise (#22) of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens’ Rene Bourque, left, scores against Calgary Flames’ goaltender Reto Berra, right, as Flames Mikael Backlund (11) and Ladislav Smid defend during second-period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban, right, collides with Calgary Flames’ Lance Bouma during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
David Jones (#54) of the Calgary Flames bodychecks Douglas Murray (#6) of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens’ Dale Weise warms up prior to the Canadiens NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Montreal.
Max Pacioretty (#67) of the Montreal Canadiens stops with the puck in front of Mark Giordano (#5) of the Calgary Flames during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens’ Dale Weise, left, moves in on Calgary Flames’ goaltender Reto Berra during second-period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
T.J. Brodie (#7) of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck while being chased by Brian Gionta (#21) of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
P.K. Subban (#76) of the Montreal Canadiens and Lee Stempniak (#22) of the Calgary Flames battle for the puck behind the net during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
Mike Cammalleri (#13) of the Calgary Flames falls after colliding with Rene Bourque (#17) of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
Calgary Flames’ Michael Cammalleri warms up prior to an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal, Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens’ Dale Weise (22) is brought down by Calgary Flames’ Kevin Westgarth (15) during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Rene Bourque (#17) of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his second-period goal with teammate Brandon Prust (#8) during the NHL game against the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
Calgary Flames’ Michael Cammalleri warms up prior to an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal, Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Andrei Markov (#79) of the Montreal Canadiens bodychecks Lee Stempniak (#22) of the Calgary Flames during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban, left, is upended by Calgary Flames’ Lance Bouma during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Rene Bourque (#17) and Lars Eller (#81) of the Montreal Canadiens defend against Mikael Backlund (#11) of the Calgary Flames during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
The puck hits the post behind goalie Reto Berra (#29) of the Calgary Flames on an attempt by Daniel Briere (#48) of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2014 in Montreal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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