I think we’ve been on the wrong end of a couple games we’ve played really well in the last couple games here. If we stick to the same pace, same intensity, good things will happen. - Josh Jooris
MONTREAL, PQ -- It started from the drop of the puck. It ended at the final buzzer. It resulted in the most complete game of the season for the Calgary Flames.
Just ask the Motnreal Canadiens.
One game removed from a 2-1 shootout loss at the hands of the Canadiens in Calgary on Tuesday, the Flames rebounded to take their own in Montreal in impressive fashion.
“We had a good game against them last game so we were prepared,” said Josh Jooris, who let the Flames with two goals. “We knew what to expect. I think we just wanted to play the same way we did against them. I think we’ve been on the wrong end of a couple games we’ve played really well in the last couple games here. If we stick to the same pace, same intensity, good things will happen.”
The message was relayed by coach Bob Hartley.
“We wanted to keep the game from last week going,” said Hartley, whose Flames outshot the Canadiens 38-19 in the loss. “That’s what I asked my players. I said, ‘if you can just come back with the same first period, same intensity as the game that we played in Calgary, we can corner them’. We did and we got two goals. That was huge.”
The Flames continued their rubber assault on Carey Price, launching 19 first period shots on the netminder. Those 19 shots yielded two goals, including Markus Granlund’s first of the season with just 27 seconds remaining in the period.
“I think we kind of went out there and were ready to work from the first puck drop and found a way to put pressure on them,” said Flames starter Jonas Hiller, who was forced to make just four saves in the opening 20 minutes. “If we play like that, you always have a really good chance to win.
“I think that’s the strength of this group. Probably don’t have the big name players who just rely on their talent. Everybody comes in here and is ready to work hard. It doesn’t matter if you’re the first line or fourth line. Everybody is ready to compete. We’ve proven a couple times what it can do to probably a more skilled team but at the same time, you’ve got to keep doing the same thing.”
A 2-0 first period lead was upgraded to a three-goal lead courtesy Curtis Glencross in the second period.
Three more in the third, including Jooris’ second of the night, paced Calgary to the 6-2 victory.
“I think right now everybody in here comes to the rink and wants to win and wants to work hard,” Hiller said. “Things are going pretty well. You’ve got to keep it up. Sure, it’s nice to get that win. At the end, we outworked them again and played better than them.”
It also sets the tone for a five-game swing away from Scotiabank Saddledome that continues Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.
“It was obviously a great team win,” Jooris said. “We’ve got a five game road swing here and we wanted to come out on the right foot here. It was big. It was a big two points. It’s nice to start the road trip this way.”