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
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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