MONTREAL — Miikka Kiprusoff got his first shutout of
the season and Jarome Iginla extended his goal-scoring streak to four games,
leading the Calgary Flames to a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on
Kiprusoff made 25 saves and improved to 10-3-1 this
season as Calgary won its fourth straight to begin a four-game trip. It was his
31st career shutout, his first since Feb. 12, when he turned aside 36 shots in a
2-0 win over Los Angeles.
Named the NHL's first star of the week one day earlier,
Iginla opened the scoring with his team-leading ninth of the season 14:55 in.
Iginla, who has scored five times during the streak, took
a return pass from Olli Jokinen and put a shot through traffic past Jaroslav
Halak from the top of the right faceoff circle.
Halak stopped 30 shots for Montreal, which has lost its
last three games at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens, who lost 4-3 in Calgary on Oct. 6, have
dropped five of seven overall.
Flames forward Curtis Glencross sat out the first game of
his three-game suspension. Glencross was suspended by the league on Monday for
his hit to the head of Chris Drury of the New York Rangers in Calgary's 3-1 win
Rene Bourque drew his 12th assist of the season on
Iginla's first-period goal to increase his team-leading point total to 18.
The sellout crowd of 21,273 came to life during a wild
stretch of 4-on-4 play in the second that saw Montreal's Scott Gomez go in on a
breakaway and deke Kiprusoff, only to lose control of the puck with an
opportunity to shoot over the goalie's right pad into an open left side.
Kiprusoff protected his shutout with a fine stop on
former teammate Mike Cammalleri just over 4 minutes into the third.
The Canadiens, who will celebrate their 100th
anniversary on Dec. 4, wore retro uniforms patterned after those worn by the
1910-11 team. Strikingly similar to the Minnesota Wild's look, the
red-white-and-green throwback jerseys feature a green maple leaf crest on the
Kiprusoff had four shutouts last season. …
Flames D Adam Pardy fought with Montreal's Travis Moen 10:38 in. Canadiens RW
Ryan White and Calgary's Eric Nystrom got fighting majors later in the first.
… The Canadiens, who were founded on Dec. 4, 1909, wore light brown gloves to
evoke the look of old leather. Montreal went 8-8 in 1910-11 during the team's
second season in the National Hockey Association, the NHL's predecessor. …
Cammalleri, who signed with the Canadiens as an unrestricted free agent, led the
Flames with 39 goals last season. … Montreal D Jay Leach played his first game
since he was picked up on waivers on Friday.