Montréal, QC -- For the second time on their four-game road trip, the Calgary Flames were able to come back from a second period deficit but despite managing to push the game to overtime, they fell 5-4 in overtime to the Montréal Canadiens.
The Canadiens opened the scoring 4:27 when Lars Eller was able to whack a Mike Cammalleri pass behind Miikka Kiprusoff for his third goal of the season.
Montréal added to their lead just over seven minutes later when Cammalleri stepped out of the penalty box, took a pass from Jeff Halpern and snapped a hard wrist shot over Kiprusoff's glove from the faceoff dot.
The second period saw the Canadiens score another pair. First, Andrei Kostitsyn was the recipient of a lucky bounce when his shot from along the half-wall deflected off of Adam Pardy's stick and into the net.
Then, Halpern added Montréal's fourth tally when he slapped a shot from the corner of the net and it once again went off of Pardy's stick as he dove to take away the shooting lane.
The Flames got on the scoresheet at 13:26 when Rene Bourque showcased his determination and was able to beat Alex Auld on his own rebound.
Jay Bouwmeester scored his 5th of the campaign with just over a minute left in the second period. The blueliner sent a shot towards the net from just above the blueline with a crowd in front and the puck drifted past Auld to make it a two-goal affair after 40 minutes.
Calgary completed the comeback in the final frame with goals from Ales Kotalik, who beat Auld with a hard wrist shot from the slot, and Alex Tanguay. The tying marker came after Tanguay drove through the defence, sliding the puck past Auld's pads and ending the netminder's evening. Carey Price took over the goaltending duties from that point forward.
P.K. Subban ended it in overtime with a shot from the hashmarks that beat Karlsson top shelf.
TAKEAWAY ONE: Speedy Habs
One of the Canadiens best assets is their speed, particularly in the offensize zone. Their skating ability and high-tempo game can be lethal to unsuspecting opponents and Montréal utilized those skills to their fullest extent in the first period.
A quick transition through the neutral zone and into the Flames end concluded with an Eller tally thanks to the quickness of Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec, who assisted on the opening goal. The trio were able to outskate the Flames in both zones and if Calgary's defence had been able to catch up with Eller, the scoring opportunity would have been negated.
TAKEAWAY TWO: The Calgary Tower makes another appearance
After Montréal scored their fourth of the evening, the coaching staff opted to make a goaltending change. It was the second time Henrik Karlsson has come in to relief Kiprusoff and once again, the man nicknamed 'The Calgary Tower' did not disappoint.
Karlsson's performance enabled his club to comeback from a 4-0 deficit, sparking them with a huge save on Max Pacioretty. Tim Jackman wasn't able to clear the zone and Scott Gomez snagged the puck at the Flames blueline. He dished it off to Pacioretty, who was up close in the slot, and somehow, Karlsson managed to make the toe save when Pacioretty tried to slide it past him.
TAKEAWAY THREE: Finding his scoring touch
After a slow offensive start to his season, Bouwmeester has been able to find the scoring touch in recent games.
The defenceman made it a two-goal game late in the second period, helping carry his team to a third period comeback, and also played a sound defensive game. Overall, he had a +2 rating, one shot on net, two hits and three blocked shots in 25:12 of ice time.
Bouwmeester now has two goals in his last four games.
TAKEAWAY FOUR: Comeback kings
In their opening tilt of their four-game road trip, the Flames found themselves down by three goals to the Carolina Hurricanes. They rallied and were able to push the game to a shootout, making up for a lackluster second period and earning a point.
It was a case of deja vu on Monday night. After falling behind by four goals, Calgary made a goaltending change and the team somehow found a way to score four straight goals, pushing the game to overtime. Despite losing both comebacks in extra time, the team has shown they have the heart and ability to battle back from seemingly insurmountable odds.
This will serve as momentum as they Flames head back to Calgary to take on their divisional rivals, the Minnesota Wild, and climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture.
TAKEAWAY FIVE: Bourque's back
Just like Bouwmeester, Bourque had been stuck in a bit of a scoring slump until this road trip.
Playing on a line with Ales Kotalik and Olli Jokinen, the winger has been able to regain his scoring ability, notching two in his last four outings. Bourque scored the Flames first goal of the night and came out with a +2 rating, three shots on net and one hit.
Over the course of the road trip, Bourque has seemed more engaged physically and is going to the gritty areas in order to help his team produce offence. Both of his goals have come from hard work in front and around the net and he's been able to keep his defensive game in check as well.
Bourque now has 15 goals and 28 points in 44 games this season.