About last night: Habs put together a group effort in 4-2 win over Flames

Brendan Gallagher and Nick Suzuki each had a goal and an assist in the victory. Ryan Poehling made his debut for the season.

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Brendan Gallagher and Nick Suzuki each had a goal and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens put up arguably their most energetic effort of this young season in a 4-2 win against the sizzling Calgary Flames on Thursday at the Bell Center. Going into the contest, the Flames were road warriors, winning their last five outside of Calgary. Jake Allen made 24 saves in the victory.

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Before the game, the Bell Center recognized Remembrance Day.

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Ryan Poehling was called up from Laval and made his first season start alongside Michael Pezzetta and Alex Belzile. Jonathan Drouin and Cedric Paquette were out with injury.

Calgary opened scoring early. At 2:02, Trevor Lewis sent a shot into the net that deflected from Mikael Backlund and passed Allen to make it 1-0. Defender Oliver Kylington started the play with a heady pinch. Going into the game, the Flames were 7-0-1 when they scored first.

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Ben Chiarot then became an unlikely goal co-leader for the Habs, scoring his fourth (and second in as many games) by jumping for the loose puck after Jacob Markstrom’s opening save of Tyler Toffoli.

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It was a tight period, but before the end of the first, Andrew Mangiapane delivered a strong individual effort when he kicked the puck from skate to stick before throwing an under-arm backhand from Allen to give the Flames a 2-1 lead at the intermediate. .

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In the second, the newly formed fourth line was put into operation. Michael Pezzetta drew a penalty leading the net, sending his team into the power game. On the men’s advantage, Chris Wideman fired a shot from the iron that landed behind Markstrom. Before he could fall back on the puck, Gallagher was able to push the rebound to tie the game 2-2.

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But that is not all. Gallagher was greeted by a cross-check from Erik Gudbranson after the red light went on. Toffoli delivered a blow of his own in defense of his teammate, and a tumult ensued between the clubs. Gallagher got tangled up with Gudbranson. Wideman and Tanev got down to business. In the end, only Gudbranson and Toffoli served equal lesser sentences.

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They were entertaining 40 minutes and the action continued in the third. The fourth line generated another penalty with strong offensive zone play, this time with Gudbranson’s tall stick Poehling. Gallagher nullified the power play with a hook over Blake Coleman, and then Calgary got another call for a rare nine seconds of 4v3 hockey. Once the dust settled, the Habs were left with a brief power play. Suzuki got his first chance along the goal line, only to be rejected by Markstrom. The Flames goalie seemed to signal to the Habs forward that a bench shot wouldn’t work, but Suzuki on his next turn had another chance to shoot the puck from the back of Markstrom’s leg into the net. This time, the number 14 took revenge. The Habs took a 3-2 lead with their second power play goal of the night. Who doesn’t love a little prowess on the ice?

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Jake Evans fought in the corner for a well-deserved empty net in the closing seconds to give his team a 4-2 victory.

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It was a hard-fought victory for the Canadiens, who will look to gain momentum this weekend when they face the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday and the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Was it the best effort of 60 minutes, four lines and all the hands to work that the club has given this season? Liveblog commenters seem to think so. They were also confused that the umpires failed to give Montreal a power play after Gallagher’s late hit on goal, wondering what it will take for Artturi Lehkonen to finally seize the opportunity to score.

3. “So Gudbranson drops Gallagher without penalty, but Pezzetta gives a little push to a Flame and he gets the area. Yes, that makes sense. “-Michael Way

2. “I’m exhausted sitting in front of my big screen watching them play for 60 minutes. Say ah! Very funny. Keep it up guys! “-Carin Latzel

1. “I’ll go see Rocket against Marlies next week, but all their players are with the big club !!” -Bob Taylor

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