Markstrom makes 26 saves, Flames defeat Canadiens for third straight win


MONTREAL — Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves, and the Calgary Flames won their third straight game, 4-1 against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Wednesday.

Mark Giordano had a goal and an assist for the Flames (19-21-3), who won the opener of a two-game set.

Brett Kulak scored his first goal in two years for the Canadiens (18-13-9), who have lost four of five.

Jake Allen made 30 saves but is 1-4-0 in five straight starts with Carey Price out because of a lower-body injury.

The teams will play here again Friday.

The Flames took a 1-0 lead at 3:58 of the first period when Noah Hanifin scored off face-off. Mikael Backlund drew the puck back to the left point, and Hanifin shifted to his right and beat Allen with a slap shot.

Giordano made it 2-0 when he scored 29 seconds into the second on a slap shot from the left point.

Kulak scored his first goal since March 28, 2019 at 10:55 of the second period to cut it to 2-1. Josh Anderson swiped the puck ahead to the neutral zone and Jonathan Drouin fed a backhand pass to Kulak, who carried it down the middle and got past Hanifin in the offensive zone before shooting past Markstrom stick side.

But Josh Leivo gave the Flames a 3-1 lead when he scored on a backhand over Allen’s right pad at 12:49 of the third.

Sean Monahan scored an empty-net goal at 18:50 for the 4-1 final.

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