Canadiens-Flames: Another Solid Performance from Montreal

Francois GendronSenior Writer IDecember 10, 2008

The Calgary Flames were at the Bell centre yesterday to face the Montreal Canadiens.

Outside the arena, the temperature forced some fans to stay at home. Despite being sold out, the building was not filled to capacity.

The Canadiens and the Flames played a very physical game, as many bone crunching hits were delivered. The result for the home team—two players did not finish the game.

First, Christopher Higgins did not return to the action after being pinned hard into the boards during the opening frame. Then later in the game, Mathieu Dandenault had one of his arm fractured by the strength of the hit delivered by an opponent.

As for the scoring in this game, Robert Lang registered two goals, Matt D'Agostini scored a goal in a fourth game in a row. The young player has four goals at his first five game this season. The other goal for Montreal was scored by Andrei Markov. Despite playing a great game for the Flames, Mikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals. At the other end of the rink, only Dustin Boyd managed to put a puck into Jaroslav Halak's net.

The Canadiens kept a 3-0-1 record during this homestand, and look like they've refound their rhythm. The only thing that is still missing to the team is a decent man-advantage production. The team is struggling with the man-advantage and the head coach, Guy Carbonneau, is still trying to find a productive combination.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals are the next two teams coming to the Bell centre this week.