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

by Brian Compton /

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

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