The Calgary Flames scored two power play goals and one shorthanded en route to a 4-0 win over the Canadiens in the second Heritage Classic. The game was played before 41,022 fans at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. Rene Bourque scored twice for the Flames. The other goalscorers were former Canadiens Alex Tanguay (he also had an assist) and Anton Babchuk. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 39 shots for his fourth shutout of the season.

Summing It Up – For a team that prides itself on disciplined play, this was a disaster. It was a game filled with Calgary odd-man rushes. Bad penalties, which led to what turned out to lead to the eventual game-winning goal on a two-man advantage. There was that second period Canadiens power play that gave up three two-on-one Flames rushes and eventually produced a Flames shorthanded goal. Another breakaway produced the third goal and the fourth goal, also on a power play, came when P.K. Subban let his check, Alex Tanguay get behind him.

From the Canadiens standpoint the only real contributor was Tomas Plekanec who had six shots on goal in the first half of the game. (He finished with eight)

The Canadiens defensive unit, which was supposed to be bolstered by the return of Hal Gill and James Wisniewski and the addition of Paul Mara, had a brutal night. Subban was on the ice for the second and fourth goals. Hamrlik looked tired. Paul Mara, perhaps buoyed by his return to the Canadiens, may have been the best of the group.

You can place no blame on Carey Price’s shoulders. Two power play goals and a shorthanded goal and no chance to stop any of them. The even strength goal came on a two-on-one after Wisniewski was caught out of position. 

Over the last seven games the Canadiens have one win (1-4-2) and given up 25 goals. The current slump is taking on the looks of that 2-8-0 stretch the team went through from December 10th to 30th.

Next up, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Canadiens haven’t won there in eleven years (Nov. 30, 2000). An indication of how long ago that was; the winning goal of the game was scored by P.J. Stock, his only goal as a member of the Canadiens.

The Goalscorers – Calgary – Bourque (18th) PPG (Tanguay-Jokinen); Babchuk (SHG) (9th) (Glencross-Morrison); Bourque (19th) (Sarich); Tanguay (16th) PPG (Iginla-Morrison). Montreal – none.

Shots on Goal – Canadiens – 8-21-10 = 39 Calgary 19-11-7 = 37

The Three Stars – First – Miikka Kiprusoff (39 saves-shutout) Second – Rene Bourque (2 goals – 11 shots on goal) Third – Alex Tanguay (1 goal-1assist 4 shots on goal)

The Corsi/Fenwick Numbers

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20890 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 0 0 13 11 6 6 2 5 6 1
20890 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 0 9 8 3 1 3 2 2 3
20890 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 1 12 5 3 2 7 6 0 13
20890 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 0 3 2 1 2 0 3 1 2
20890 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 0 1 8 13 3 5 -8 9 2 -1
20890 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 0 1 15 6 5 3 10 7 0 17
20890 MTL 22 – D – MARA, PAUL 0 0 10 4 4 3 7 2 2 7
20890 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 0 1 35 26 11 11 8 16 10 14
20890 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 0 7 5 2 4 0 4 4 0
20890 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 0 1 12 12 4 5 -2 9 1 6
20890 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 0 0 12 9 4 6 1 5 6 0
20890 MTL 53 – C – WHITE, RYAN 0 0 2 3 0 2 -3 3 2 -2
20890 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 0 7 10 3 2 -2 2 3 -3
20890 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 0 0 7 9 1 1 -2 2 3 -3
20890 MTL 67 – L – PACIORETTY, MAX 0 1 13 7 4 2 7 5 1 11
20890 MTL 68 – D – WEBER, YANNICK 0 0 10 4 4 3 7 2 1 8
20890 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 0 0 13 9 3 3 4 5 7 2
20890 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 0 0 18 10 4 3 9 5 7 7
20890 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 0 4 3 1 2 0 4 2 2