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.
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.
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.
None. You got the feeling either bench was about ready to explode on a number of occasions, though.
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.
CALGARY -- D Mark Giordano (healthy), F Darren McCarty (groin).
MONTREAL -- D Mathieu Dandenault (hamstring), F Garth Murray (healthy).
Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins, Fleet Center, tomorrow, 5 p.m., FAN 960, pay-per-view.