MONTREAL (AP) — Calgary goalie David Rittich did everything he could to keep the Flames in contention with Montreal Adidas Carter Rowney Jersey
, but the Canadiens were just too much Tuesday night.Jeff Petry and Jonathan Drouin each had a goal and an assist, leading Montreal to a 3-2 win over the Flames, the Canadiens’ fourth win in five games.Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens, who have lost once in eight games this season. Carey Price made 21 saves.After a 44-save performance against the New York Rangers in his last time out, Rittich made 37 saves in the losing effort. The Czech goalie was, by far, Calgary’s best player, keeping the score close while his teammates failed to generate enough offence.“He’s not God out there,” Matthew Tkachuk said of his goalie. “He can’t stop everything. At one point, they’re just going to go in. They keep getting these chances. Eventually it’s going to go in.“It was a bad effort after we got away with one in New York because of our goalie. And maybe tonight we can return him the favor and play well and bail him out, but the opposite again.”Michael Frolik and Elias Lindholm scored for the Flames.The Flames jumped to a 1-0 lead at 16:46 of the first period when Tkachuk’s shot bounced off Frolik’s skate and past Price.Rittich was outstanding at the start and did what he could to preserve Calgary’s lead. At one point Adidas Jaycob Megna Jersey
, the 26-year-old goaltender made four saves on four Canadiens players in a two-second span in the second period.“Right from the start you could see how sharp he was again,” Flames captain Mark Giordano said. “Tough not to get points tonight when your goalie’s that good and holding you in it for as long as he did.“You can’t keep chasing games. It’s not a good thing to do in this league. Eventually it’s going to come back to bite you. We chased the game all night.”But Montreal was relentless in the second period. Aided by four consecutive Calgary penalties, the Canadiens scored three goals in a 3:21 span.With TJ Brodie in the box for interference, Petry fired a one-timer from the faceoff dot that beat Rittich at 15:50. The point was Petry’s 100th in a Canadiens uniform.Again with a man advantage, the Canadiens made it 2-1 when Gallagher redirected Petry’s sharp pass past Rittich at 17:29.With 49 seconds left in the second, Drouin scored with a shot between Rittich’s arm and the post, and extended his points streak to five games.Montreal outshot Calgary 22-8 in the second period.“We were getting chances and it was just about burying them and putting them in the back of the net,” said Drouin. “It’s easier to keep going when you have your chances.”Lindholm got one back for the Flames at 11:10 of the third, finishing off a give-and-go with Mikael Backlund for his team-leading sixth goal of the year.Price tied Patrick Roy for second place in team history for most wins by a goaltender with 289.“Pretty cool experience,” said Price of tying Roy. “It was a great night. Overall everybody played well. Great effort from everybody.”NOTES: Former Toronto Maple Leafs Tie Domi and Mats Sundin were in attendance at Bell Centre. . Jordie Benn played his 400th career game, while Brodie skated in his 500th NHL game. . Johnny Gaudreau saw his four-game point streak snapped. … Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete was back in the lineup Adidas Max Jones Jersey
, which meant Karl Alzner was a healthy scratch for the sixth time this season.UP NEXTFlames: Home against Pittsburgh on Thursday.Canadiens: At Buffalo on Thursday. DETROIT (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau capped a memorable day with another splendid performance.Gaudreau had a goal and three assists, and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Gaudreau was named the NHL’s second star for the month of December — and he was part of the Pacific Division All-Star roster, which was also released Wednesday.“This was obviously a pretty wild day,” Gaudreau said. “Winning was the best part, though.”Detroit led 2-0 after one period, but the Flames came back to hand the Red Wings their sixth straight loss. Sean Monahan, TJ Brodie, Elias Lindholm and Michael Frolik also scored for Calgary.Darren Helm, Jacob de la Rose and Andreas Athanasiou scored for Detroit.Gaudreau put the Flames ahead 4-3 midway through the third with a power-play goal after a slick play by Matthew Tkachuk, who stickhandled below the goal line and then slipped a pass between goalie Jimmy Howard and the side of the net. Gaudreau was in front to tap in the puck for his 22nd goal of the season.“We knew we had to be a lot better in the second and third periods Adidas Andrej Sustr Jersey
, but we have the confidence to know we could do that,” said Gaudreau, who kept right on rolling after finishing with 11 goals and 15 assists in December.Frolik scored into an empty net with 17.7 seconds remaining.“I thought we got better as it went,” Flames coach Bill Peters said. “It wasn’t a Picasso, but we’ll take the two points.”The Flames have 54 points, most in the Western Conference.Helm, who missed the previous 21 games with an upper-body injury, marked his return with a goal in the first period. He and Athanasiou came in on a 2-on-1 break. Rather than passing, Helm dragged the puck past a sliding defenseman, switched to his backhand and beat goalie Mike Smith.The Red Wings made it 2-0 on a goalmouth scramble. Detroit’s Michael Rasmussen hacked at the puck, and it bounced off de la Rose and in.Calgary rallied in the second. Monahan made it 2-1 with his 22nd goal of the season Adidas Alex Galchenyuk Jersey
, and Brodie tied it when his routine shot from the point bounced off Howard’s glove and in with 2:01 left in the period.“It should never go in, so it’s on me,” said Howard, who is among the Atlantic Division All-Stars.Brodie’s goal started a wild stretch in which three goals were scored in just more than a minute. Athanasiou had a step on Oliver Kylington when the Calgary defenseman hooked him. Officials awarded a penalty shot that Athanasiou converted for his 14th goal of the season.The Flames quickly tied it at 3 when Lindholm beat Howard with a wrist shot on the power play with just under a minute left in the period.“You get to points where you’re fragile. We can pretend that’s not true but that’s not what happened,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We have control over that, have control of playing shift by shift, believing in ourselves, carrying ourselves with confidence, making the plays at the big moments instead of the other way.”Detroit’s Dylan Larkin had his 14-game point streak snapped.NOTES: The Red Wings put D Trevor Daley on injured reserve with a foot problem and recalled D Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids of the AHL. Lashoff did not play. … Athanasiou’s goal was his 100th career point.UP NEXTFlames: At Boston on Thursday night.Red Wings: Host Nashville on Friday night.