Canadiens 4, Flames 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Third-period power-play goals by Bobby Smith and Claude Lemieux carried the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 NHL victory over the Calgary Flames Tuesday night.
Montreal overcame a two-goal deficit by scoring three consecutive power- play goals in the final 21 minutes.
Smith’s game-winning goal came as he tipped a Gaston Gingras slapshot into the Calgary net at 1:48.
Lemieux’s goal came at 13:28 when he rifled a close-in shot through the legs of Calgary goaltender Reggie Lemelin. That goal came after defenseman Larry Robinson kept the puck in the Calgary zone.
Sergio Memesso scored on a power play in the final minute of the second period. Robinson scored Montreal’s other goal.
Colin Patterson and Gary Suter connected for Calgary in the game between last season’s Stanley Cup finalists.
The loss broke a 10-game winning streak for Lemelin and left the Flames in a tie for second in the Smythe Division with the Winnipeg Jets. The victory moved second-place Montreal three points ahead of Boston in the Adams Division. Montreal remained four points behind first-place Hartford.
Patterson put the Flames on the scoreboard 44 seconds into the game, beating goalie Patrick Roy on the short side after he corralled linemate Lanny McDonald’s rebound.
It took until 13:39 of the second period for the Flames to make it 2-0. Streaking into the Canadiens zone with Carey Wilson, Suter deked Roy out of the net and easily slipped the puck past him.
After a frustrating 35 minutes of play, the Canadiens began to create some breaks. Brian Skrudland fought off Kevan Guy’s constant cross-checking in front of Lemelin long enough to create a solid screen for Robinson. The veteran defenseman beat Lemelin with a long slapshot.
Less than three minutes later, Momesso tied the game 2-2. Lemelin made a spectacular sprawling save on Guy Carbonneau but Momesso rushed in to lift the rebound into the net.