Bourque helps Canadiens beat Flames 2-0
- Associated Press
- February 5, 2014 - 7:37 AM
MONTREAL — Rene Bourque scored in the second period against his former team, and the Montreal Canadiens snapped the Calgary Flames' five-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday night.
Carey Price made 27 saves in his fourth shutout of the year and second in four games. David Desharnais added an empty-netter for the Canadiens (30-21-6).
Reto Berra stopped 25 shots for Calgary (21-28-7).
Bourque, who was traded to Montreal in January 2012 in a deal that sent Mike Cammalleri to Calgary, scored at 16:15 of the second in his second game against his old team. He was credited with his eighth goal of the season when Brandon Prust's pass banked off his left leg and past Berra.
The Flames have lost four straight road games.
The Canadiens improved to 25-0-3 when they have the lead after two periods.
After a scoreless first period, the Flames gave Montreal a scare with a full two-minute, two-man advantage early in the second.
With Tomas Plekanec in the box for roughing, as well as Lars Eller for handling the puck on the ensuing faceoff, Calgary's struggling power play took just three shots on Price.
Montreal has killed off 27 straight penalties. It last allowed a goal while playing short-handed on Jan. 24 against Detroit.
NOTES: Cammalleri played against his old club for the first time since the trade. ... Berra got the nod in the net in place of Karri Ramo (lower body). Ramo was injured in the first period of Calgary's 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota on Saturday. ... Dale Weise, 25, made his Canadiens debut playing on the fourth line with Ryan White and Michael Bournival. Weise was traded to Montreal from Vancouver for defenseman Raphael Diaz. ... The Habs cap their four-game homestand against Vancouver on Thursday, while the Flames play the New York Islanders.
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