SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

CANADIENS 5 FLAMES 4

SUN THREE STARS

1. F Alex Kovalev, Canadiens -- Gave Flames defenders fits up front.

2. F Matthew Lombardi, Flames -- Best Flame on the ice with two goals and plenty of jump in his homecoming.

3. D Sheldon Souray, Canadiens -- Scored two on powerplay from the blueline.

UNSUNG HERO:

F Radek Bonk, Canadiens -- Third player to net a pair in the game, including the opener.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST:

Penalties, penalties, penalties. And an inability to kill them off. The Canadiens were batting .500 with the man-advantage and grabbed the momentum with consecutive powerplay goals in the second period.

HUGE HIT:

Canadiens fans will claim Robyn Regehr's hit was a little high or a little late but it was certainly memorable. Trailing 1-0 in the first period, Regehr levelled the Habs' Aaron Downey with a shoulder to the chin along the boards, knocking Downey out on the ice.

FIGHT CARD

None. You got the feeling either bench was about ready to explode on a number of occasions, though.

BURNING QUESTION:

Can the Flames rediscover their disciplined, defensive brand of hockey or will they continue the trend of high-scoring, back-and-forth contests?

WHAT IT MEANS:

A sub-.500 record on the season (2-3-1) and a 1-1-1 mark on the road trip. Tomorrow's game in Boston becomes critical if the Flames want to come away from the Eastern swing with a sense of accomplishment.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- D Mark Giordano (healthy), F Darren McCarty (groin).

MONTREAL -- D Mathieu Dandenault (hamstring), F Garth Murray (healthy).

UP NEXT:

Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins, Fleet Center, tomorrow, 5 p.m., FAN 960, pay-per-view.


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