Calgary Flames Best Montreal Canadiens in Regulation
That team was the Calgary Flames.
The Flames owe their win to the grit, determination and style of play of their fourth line; Eric Nystrom scored twice and Steffan Kronwall netted his first NHL goal en route to surpassing the Canadiens.
Both Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf played less then stellar, each being a minus-three on the night.
Also, Jerome Iginla added his first of the season while being limited to a small amount of playing time in the first.
Montreal had a lackluster second period, being out-shot 16-6, but managed to walk away tied at 3-3 at the end of 40 minutes.
Scott Gomez, Guillaume Latendresse and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal; the first two goals came 33 seconds apart.
This game was not about special teams; only one power play in the entire night and it was for the Flames, and Iginla did not miss his opportunity. After Jokinen wired a slapshot which rang the post, Halak had his head turned to see if the puck was in the net.
It was on Iginla's stick, he then put it in the net off a backhand from a very sharp angle.
The game winning goal came at 2:16 in the third when Kronwall's shot went through a ridiculous among of traffic. At first the goal was awarded to Nystrom, accrediting him with the hat-trick, it was later shown that it deflected of Josh Gorges and Kronwall was awarded the goal.
This game marked the first appearance of the season for both Jaroslav Halak and Yannick Weber.
Halak played very well despite losing focus on the Iginla goal, and Weber looked solid on defense.
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