Heritage Classic: Flames Smoke Habs 4-0

Published on February 21st, 2011

By Fran Rubert

February 20, 2011                                                                                                          
Attendance: 41,022

Game time temperature was-8 C.

Scratches were: Montreal-Alexandre Picard, Tom Pyatt. Calgary-Brendan Mikkelson.

Starting line-ups: Calgary- Goaltender, Miikka Kiprusoff, Defense: Jay Boumeester, Robyn Regehr, RW Jarome Iginla, LW Alex Tanguay,C-Brendan Morrison. Montreal-Goaltender Carey Price, D: P.K. Subban, Hal Gill, RW Brian Gionta, LW Max Pacioretty, C-Tomas Plekanec.

First Period Highlights:

6:11 penalty P.K. Subban off for tripping. Iglina shot dribbles across the crease. Penalty Hal Gill at 6:44 for tripping. Calgary gets two-man advantage; Price save on Rene Bourque down low. Alex Tanguay in close stopped by Carey Price at 7:25.

Rene Bourque scores with tap in at 8:09 to make it 1-0 Flames. Ice has been rutty. Calgary carries the play the first half of the period.  12:40 Michael Cammalleri shot between the circles on a rush saved by Kiprusoff.  Calgary’s Curtis Glencross chance in close pad save at 16:22 by Carey Price.

16:56 shot by Tomas Plekanec, Montreal on Kiprusoff save in close.  Calgary’s Niklas Hagman shot defected over net at 18:35 from in the crease. Montreal’s Hal Gill 19:38 big shot kicked out by Kiprusoff.

First Period Statistics:

Shots: Calgary 19, Montreal 8. Hits: Calgary 4, Montreal 4. Give-aways: Calgary 4, Montreal 3. Face-offs:  Montreal 58%, Calgary 42%.

Flames head coach Brent Sutter

Second Half Highlights:

0:45 Montreal’s Roman Hamrlik penalty for high-sticking.  Tim Jackman stopped by Carey Price at 2:17. James Wisniewski shot from point save at 3:33. Tip by Tom Kostopoulos at 4:20 save by Price.  7:37 great chance by Travis Moen when he cuts left to right across the crease but Kiprusoff stands tall.

8:54 Tomas Plekanec tip on save by Kiprusoff. Canadians have come on in the second period. 9:56 Andrei Kostitsyn shot fought off by Miikka Kiprusoff. Penalty by Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester at 10:59 for interference.

Flames Anton Babchuk scores shorthanded-goal at 12:44 after a two-on-one chance by Curtis Glencross misses the net with a shot that rebounds out front.  13:59 Mark Giordano shot squeezed between the pads saved by Carey Price. Rene Bourque scores again at 14:46 on a backhander taking a bouncing puck off the left boards to make it 3-0.

Canadiens Lars Eller shoots wide at 17:59 coming off the left wing.  Curtis Glencross low shot at 19:49 on a three-on-one goes off the post.

Second Period Statistics:

Shots: Calgary 30, Montreal 29. Hits: Calgary 8, Montreal 11. Give-aways: Calgary 12, Montreal 6. Face-offs: Montreal 49%, Calgary 51%.

Third Period Highlights:

 4:03 Alex Tanguay stopped by Carey Price, pad save in close left front of net.  5:12 Andrei Kostitsyn stopped by Miikka Kiprusoff.   Andrei Kostitsyn two shots at 8:27. Kostitsyn at 8:35 shot with Scott Gomez in front, Kiprusoff save.

8:58 Penalty on Roman Hamrlik for hooking to give Calgary the power-play.  Alex Tanguay scores from left side of net at 10:53 from Jarome Iginla on the power play to make it 4-0 final.

Final Statistics:

Shots: Calgary 37, Montreal 39. Hits: Calgary 9, Montreal 18. Give-aways: Calgary 19, Montreal 9. Face-offs: Calgary 49%, Montreal 51%. Power Plays: Calgary 2-4, Montreal 0-1.

 Stars of the Game: First, Miikka Kiprusoff, Second: Rene Bourque, Third: Alex Tanguay.

Flames Rene Bourque, who scored two goals and had 11 shots, said regarding the game, “I think it’s right up there playing your first game, scoring your first goal, things like that.  It’s just fun to be part of this and playing in front of these people, especially when you’re sitting on the bench and you’re looking out and seeing 40,000 people, cold outside, but they’re cheering loud and having a good time. And the first goal happened so fast.  Great play by him (pointing to Tanguay).  Got to enjoy the 2nd one more.  Knew I was going to get an opportunity to go in get a scoring chance.  To score like that, it was really fun.”

Habs head coach Jacques Martin

Montreal Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin on the game, “When you play these games, you know the ice conditions aren’t going to be good.  And you have to basically keep the game tempo. I think the National Hockey League did a tremendous job as far as organizing the event.  The people of Calgary as the hosts were outstanding.  The volunteers, I think everything was really well organized and very professional.  It’s just unfortunate for us the results of the game.”

Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter on the win said, “I thought we played well.  You know, real compliment to the guys for holding their focus the way they have the last few days.  And you know in situations like this, it can get away with you on this with everything else going on.  But they were handling everything professional, very focused.  Obviously they know the situation our team is in…You know what, it was great to be part of it…We wanted to enjoy it, and we have.  We wanted to have fun with it.  And we did.”

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