“We’d be lying if we’re saying we’re not gonna be watching what’s going on around us, but if we don’t win our games, it’s really not going to matter anyway, so we’ve got to pile up some wins,” Flames captain Mark Giordano said.
The Flames didn’t score on a man advantage to start the third period, nor did they on another power play at the midway point. Both teams scored once on three power-play chances.
Calgary captain Mark Giordano’s shot went off the inside post, but the puck stayed out early in the third.
Montreal led 2-1 on Toffoli’s goal at 18:05 of the second period.
Joel Armia took the rebound on Toffoli’s initial shot to send it back for Toffoli to score on a second attempt, while Markstrom was tangled with teammate Chris Tanev.
“I’d be lying if I would say there’s no puck luck or bounces going my way certain nights, but it’s just been a fun ride,” Toffoli said.
Calgary drew even 1-1 at with a power-play goal at 12:17 of the first period. Lindholm gathered Johnny Gaudreau’s pass through the slot and beat Allen with a wrist shot from a sharp angle.
With Calgary’s Derek Ryan and Mark Giordano serving minors, Montreal scored a 5-on-3 goal at 9:59. Weber put a rising slap shot over Markstrom’s glove.
NOTES: Canadiens right-winger Cole Caulfield made his NHL debut Monday. Montreal drafted him in the first round (15th overall) in 2019. Caulfield won this year’s Hobey Baker Award as the top player in men’s NCAA hockey. … The Flames announced before the game that defenseman Noah Hanifin is out for the season with a shoulder injury requiring surgery. Nikita Nesterov moved into the lineup. … Lindholm has six goals and four assists in his last 10 games. … Gaudreau has two goals and four assists in five games. … Montreal forwards Jonathan Drouin (non-COVID illness) and Paul Byron (lower-body injury) were scratched a second straight game. … Calgary forward Josh Leivo remained on the NHL’s COVID protocol list.
Canadiens: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
Flames: At Edmonton on Thursday for the first of a two-game set.
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