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Iginla's goal gives Flames 1-0 win over Canadiens

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:16 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Iginla's goal gives Flames 1-0 win over Canadiens
Calgary Flames 1, Montréal Canadiens 0

The Bell Centre has not been sweet to the Montreal Canadiens as of late.

Miikka Kiprusoff handed the Habs their third consecutive loss on home ice Tuesday night as he stopped all 25 shots he faced to lead the Calgary Flames to a 1-0 victory in front of a none-too-happy capacity crowd of 21,273.

''It's always nice. It says a lot about how your team plays in front of you, too,'' Kiprusoff said.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored the game's lone goal, which came with 5:05 remaining in the first period. The tally extended Iginla's goal streak to four games and helped Calgary win its fourth straight.

''It's a good spot to shoot from, lots of things can happen,'' Iginla said. ''It was a quick give-and-go and we just got them turning a little bit.''

Iginla's goal was the only blemish on the night for Jaroslav Halak, who made 30 saves in the loss. He appeared to have been screened by Iginla's shot after the Flames' captain was set up by Olli Jokinen.

''It's tough but sometimes it happens in hockey,'' Halak said. ''You just have to find a way to score a goal.''

Montreal has had trouble finding ways to win no matter what rink it's playing in. Wednesday marked the Canadiens' fifth loss in seven games.

''It's frustrating. We can't put a goal on the board,'' said forward Mike Cammalleri, who led the Flames with 39 goals last season before signing a five-year deal with Montreal as an unrestricted free agent.

Kiprusoff preserved the lead during a wild stretch of 4-on-4 play in the second that saw Scott Gomez go in on a breakaway and deke Kiprusoff, only to see the puck slip off his stick just before he was about to shoot into an open net. Kiprusoff also denied Cammalleri's bid for a game-tying goal early in the third.

''Oh yeah, he had me big time,'' Kiprusoff admitted on Gomez' chance. ''I was lucky there.''

Calgary was playing without suspended forward Curtis Glencross, who will sit for three games following his hit on New York Rangers captain Chris Drury on Saturday night. But once again, Rene Bourque contributed offensively as he picked up an assist on Iginla's goal. Bourque leads the Flames with 18 points.

''He's been playing like a horse,'' Iginla said. ''He took two guys on him and then I think it went to Olli, then myself. We were trying to keep it off the wall for a quick give-and-go.

''There wasn't a lot of room on the pass that Olli gave me for him to get it through, but good passers make those."

The Canadiens will celebrate their 100th anniversary on Dec. 4 and wore retro red-and-green uniforms patterned after those worn by the 1910-11 team. It reminded Iginla of the Minnesota Wild's sweater.

''We see the Minnesota Wild a lot and there were some similarities for sure with the colors, but we knew we were in Montreal,'' Iginla said. ''It's a good atmosphere in here and the crowd gets going. They're on every hit and into the play and stuff. It's definitely another fun building to play in.''

Material from wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
14:55
CGY
Jarome Iginla (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Olli Jokinen (7), Rene Bourque (12)
1 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
00:59
MTL
Paul Mara  Tripping against  Nigel Dawes
11:38
CGY
Adam Pardy  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
11:38
MTL
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Pardy
11:38
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Cross checking against  Adam Pardy
11:38
CGY
Adam Pardy  Roughing against  Max Pacioretty
12:28
CGY
Rene Bourque  Hi-sticking against  Josh Gorges
14:56
CGY
Eric Nystrom  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan White
14:56
MTL
Ryan White  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Nystrom
15:55
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Slashing against  Cory Sarich
18:35
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester  Interference against  Tom Pyatt
2nd Period
03:58
MTL
Ryan White  Hi-sticking against  Brandon Prust
07:03
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
07:03
CGY
Brandon Prust  Roughing against  Tomas Plekanec
10:34
MTL
Paul Mara  Roughing against  Brian McGrattan
3rd Period
07:38
MTL
Josh Gorges  Tripping against  Rene Bourque
12:31
CGY
Olli Jokinen  Hooking against  Jaroslav Spacek
17:50
MTL
Josh Gorges  Holding against  Nigel Dawes
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 31TOI: 59:22
Saves: 30EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 12
SV%: .968SH: 0 - 0