Habs fall to Flames
CALGARY—Led by a rookie forward and a journeyman goalie, the Calgary Flames continued their strong start to the season.
Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist, and Joey MacDonald made 33 saves, to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens last night.
“We haven’t lost a game in regulation,” he noted. “Losing’s something I don’t like to do, so it’s been a lot of fun.
“I’m getting more comfortable every day.”
Flames’ coach Bob Hartley praised the effort of his rookie centre, who turns 19 on Saturday.
“I sometimes pinch myself and wonder if I need to check his birth certificate, the poise he is showing for an 18-year-old kid,” Hartley said.
“He is having fun, he is bringing passion, he is bringing excitement, and he’s learning.
“He is a pretty special kid.”
Sven Baertschi and Curtis Glencross also scored for Calgary (2-0-2).
The last time the Flames recorded points in the first four games of a season was back in 2009-10, when they went 4-0-0 before going 0-2-1 in their next three.
MacDonald started his third-straight game after backstopping Calgary to a 4-3 road win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, then helping the Flames salvage a point in a 5-4 overtime loss at home to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.
“Tonight we stuck with it,” said MacDonald, who previously played for the Boston Bruins, N.Y. Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Detroit Red Wings before the Flames claimed him off of waivers part-way through last season.
“It’s a learning experience for the young guys to show them how important it is,” he added.
“They came out hard.”
P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens (1-2-0), who hadn’t played since skating to a 4-1 win at home over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
“We weren’t ready to play right from the start, including myself,” Subban admitted.
“We can continue to say it’s the beginning of the season and we’re just getting things going, but we’ve got to come out better than that,” he stressed.
Lars Eller, with his fourth goal and sixth point, also scored for Montreal while Carey Price made 22 saves.
Elsewhere in the NHL, L.A. nipped Ottawa 4-3 (OT) and St. Louis edged Chicago 3-2.