The Montreal Canadiens could only beat their opposing goaltender once last night, but it was enough to come away with the two points they were chasing.
Reto Berra started in goal for the Calgary Flames and played a solid game, stopping 25 of the 26 shots that were fired his way. The only puck the Habs could sneak behind the Swiss netminder was a bounce off Rene Bourque’s shin that found the back of the net.
It was just Bourque’s eighth goal of the season in his 44th game, and his first in the last seven contests. The goal was scored against his former team, whom he collected at least 20 goals with each of the three full seasons he played in Calgary between 2008-11.
Carey Price made sure that one goal was enough, as he stood on his head and turned aside all 27 shots that were directed on the Habs goal. It was a familiar refrain from the Montreal Canadiens, with the team unable to score but Price giving them a chance to win anyway. The Canadiens have scored just 11 goals in the past five games but have a record of 3-1-1 in that span, thanks to Price and Peter Budaj combining to allow just five goals.
David Desharnais would take advantage of the Flames empty net last night and push the lead to 2-0 with time running out to seal the deal. The empty netter was Desharnais’ ninth goal on the year, and erased a seven game goalless streak.
The Canadiens leapt the Toronto Maple Leafs in the standings with the two points earned in the victory, and now stand third in the Atlantic Division. There is not much breathing room near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, as the Habs are just four points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers, who are currently not in a playoff position.
The Canadiens next game is tomorrow night at home to the Vancouver Canucks.