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Flames fall 6-2 to Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Dale Weise had a hat trick, and Paul Byron had a goal and an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Calgary Flames 6-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

Nathan Beaulieu and Devante Smith-Pelly also scored for Montreal (10-2-0), which won for the first time in the finale of its three-game road trip through Western Canada.

Jiri Hudler and Josh Jooris scored for Calgary (2-8-1), which has lost four straight (0-3-1) and has one win in its past nine games.

Weise broke a 2-2 tie with his second goal at 6:57 of the second period. After a failed clearing attempt from the Flames, he picked up the puck and fired a shot from the slot over the glove of Flames goaltender Joni Ortio.

Smith-Pelly extended Montreal's lead to two at 12:22, one-timing a pass from Byron between Ortio's legs.

The Canadiens, who gave up a 3-1 third-period lead in a 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, continued to press in the third.

With Montreal forward Lars Eller serving a slashing minor, Byron grabbed a clearing attempt that skipped over the stick of Flames defenceman Mark Giordano, skated in on a breakaway and slid the puck by the pad of Ortio to extend the lead to three at 3:52. Montreal claimed Byron off waivers from Calgary one day before the start of the regular season.

Weise scored again with 8:16 remaining, picking up a fumbled puck from Canadiens forward Tomas Fleischmann in front of the net and firing it by Ortio to put Montreal up 6-2 and complete his first career hat trick.

Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon made 30 saves for his third win.

Weise opened the scoring 5:20 into the game, stepping into a pass from Fleischmann with a shot that beat Ortio five-hole.

The goal came between Calgary's two best chances to score in the first.

Sean Monahan hit the post 3:55 into the game, and Johnny Gaudreau, darting through the Canadiens zone, was denied on his wraparound attempt by the pad of Condon at 9:46. The save was one of 15 in the period for the Montreal goalie.

Calgary put its 16th shot in the net 27 seconds into the second period. Parked to Condon's left, Hudler corralled a pass from Monahan and quickly fired the puck to tie the game 1-1.

Beaulieu and Jooris exchanged goals 2:09 apart, and Weise restored Montreal's one-goal lead with the eventual game-winner.

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