Jeff Petry and Jonathan Drouin each had a goal and an assist, leading Montreal to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night, the Canadiens’ fourth win in five games.
Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens, who have lost once in eight games this season. Carey Price made 21 saves and tied Patrick Roy for second place in team history for most wins by a goaltender with 289.
Michael Frolik and Elias Lindholm scored for the Flames, and David Rittich made 37 saves. The Czech goalie was making his second consecutive start after stopping 44 shots in a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.
The Flames jumped to a 1-0 lead at 16:46 of the first period when Matthew Tkachuk’s shot bounced off Frolik’s skate and past Price.
Rittich was outstanding at the start and did what he could to preserve Calgary’s lead. At one point, the 26-year-old goaltender made four saves on four Canadiens players in a two-second span in the second period.
But Montreal was relentless in the second period. Aided by four consecutive Calgary penalties, the Canadiens scored three goals in a 3:21 span.
With TJ Brodie in the box for interference, Petry fired a one-timer from the faceoff dot that beat Rittich at 15:50. The point was Petry’s 100th in a Canadiens uniform.
Again with a man advantage, the Canadiens made it 2-1 when Gallagher redirected Petry’s sharp pass past Rittich at 17:29.
With 49 seconds left in the second, Drouin scored with a shot between Rittich’s arm and the post, and extended his points streak to five games.
Montreal outshot Calgary 21-8 in the second period.
Lindholm got one back for the Flames at 11:10 of the third, finishing off a give-and-go with Mikael Backlund for his team-leading sixth goal of the year.
Notes: Former Toronto Maple Leafs Tie Domi and Mats Sundin were in attendance at Bell Centre. . Jordie Benn played his 400th career game, while Brodie skated in his 500th NHL game. . Johnny Gaudreau saw his four-game point streak snapped. … Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete was back in the lineup, which meant Karl Alzner was a healthy scratch for the sixth time this season.
Flames: Home against Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Canadiens: At Buffalo on Thursday.
Source: The Associated Press