Flames win to tighten race with Canadiens in North Division


CALGARY Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals for the Calgary Flames in a 5-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

Milan Lucic and Brett Ritchie scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves for the Flames (21-23-3), who defeated the Canadiens 4-2 here Friday.

Tyler Toffoli and Nick Suzuki scored for the Canadiens (20-17-9), who have lost four of the past five games. Cayden Primeau made 29 saves in his first NHL start of the season and third of his career.

Calgary is four points behind Montreal for fourth place in the seven-team Scotia North Division. The top four teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The teams end their three-game series here Monday.

Suzuki put Montreal up 1-0 at 11:32 of the first period on a second rebound attempt.

Gaudreau tied it 1-1 at 19:29 when he shot over Primeau’s glove after being sprung on a partial breakaway by Matthew Tkachuk‘s backhand pass from inside Calgary’s blue line.

Lucic put the Flames up 2-1 at 2:14 of the second period with a shot through traffic after a Derek Ryan face-off win. The goal came after Artturi Lehkonen hit the crossbar at 1:18 for the Canadiens.

Gaudreau one-timed a cross-crease pass from Andrew Mangiapane for a 3-1 lead at 5:31.

Toffoli scored his fifth goal in the past six games on a one-touch backdoor pass from Corey Perry to cut the lead to 3-2 at 18:03. The goal came on Montreal’s third consecutive power play of the period.

Ritchie made it 4-2 at 4:41 of the third period on a setup by Derek Ryan, and Rasmus Andersson scored into an empty net from the defensive zone at 17:31 for the 5-2 final.

Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin was injured in a collision with Perry at 4:14 of the first period and did not return.

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