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Subban's game-winner in OT sends Montreal past Calgary

Jan 18, 2011 - 4:10 AM
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - P.K. Subban scored 66 seconds into overtime and the Montreal Canadiens overcame blowing a four-goal lead to escape the Bell Centre with a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames.

In the extra session, Scott Gomez dished to Subban in the right circle and the rookie defenseman let go a wrister over the shoulder of Calgary goalie Henrik Karlsson.

Subban was joined by Michael Cammalleri and Jeff Halpern with a goal and an assist for Montreal, which has won six of its last eight games.

"It's a big two points for us," Subban said. "We needed it. [Calgary] did a great job getting back in the game, but a win is a win. We'll take it."

Alex Auld started between the pipes for the Canadiens and was pulled early in the third period after allowing four goals on 24 shots. Carey Price stopped all four shots he faced in relief.

Rene Bourque, Jarome Iginla, Ales Kotalik and Alex Tanguay found the back of the net for the Flames, who picked up a point in their fifth straight game (2-0-3).

Miikka Kiprusoff was replaced by Karlsson after surrendering four goals on 17 shots. Karlsson made 11 saves.

Halpern had given Montreal a four-goal lead at the 6:34 mark of the second period, but the Flames pulled within 4-2 by the intermission.

Bourque drove the net and deposited a rebound to put Calgary on the board at 13:26 before Iginla redirected Jay Bouwmeester's point shot with 1:12 remaining.

Kotalik and Tanguay then scored 1:19 apart early in the third period to draw the Flames even.

"We battled hard and got a couple of bounces at the right time to get back in the game," Tanguay said.

Montreal scored 4:27 into the contest and added another goal later in the first period.

Tomas Plekanec pushed the puck along the right-wing boards and crossed the Calgary blue line. Plekanec's pass to the slot caromed off Cammalleri right to Lars Eller, who lit the lamp from in close.

Cammalleri collected a stretch pass from Halpern out of the penalty box and snapped a wrister from the left circle past Kiprusoff at 11:42.

Andrei Kostitsyn made it 3-0 at 3:14 of the second.

Game Notes

The Habs had lost three straight to the Flames...Montreal's Jaroslav Spacek and Calgary's Olli Jokinen both notched two assists...These Canadian clubs will meet again, this time outdoors, on February 20 in the Heritage Classic with Calgary as the host.