10 minutes doesn't cut it
If the Canadiens had played like they did for the latter half of the third period ...
But they didn't.
Lars Eller's late goal made for some excitement down the stretch, but Calgary hung on.
The Canadiens haven't won in that building since Jan. 5, 2002.
The Flames skated off to a 3-0 lead on goals by Sean Monahan, Sven Baertschi and Curtis Glencross.
P.K. Subban scoired the Canadiens first goal on a second-period power play. And Lars Eller continued his torrid start with a third-period goal that set up a wild ending.
It didn't help that the team down by one spent the final 1:49 with their best defenceman in the penalty box.
Canadiens make it exciting
Lars Eller, who has scored in all three games this season, brought the Canadiens within a goal halfway through the third period.
But despite intense pressure over the final 10 minutes, the Canadiens couldn't score the equalizer.
Teams trade goals in middle period
Curtis Glencross, a terrific 200-feet player, scored on Calgary's first power play of the game, 16:22 into the second period.
The Canadiens broke through Joey MacDonald 84 seconds later.
With the first wave of the power play gassed and looking to get off, P.K. Subban blasted one of his patented lasers past MacDonald.
Shots in the period were 12-11 for the team that's trailing.
Calgary 2 - Canadiens 0 after one
The home team scored on two of its five shots on goal.
So Carey Price must have been awful, right?
Price had no chance on tap-ins by young Flames Sean Monahan and Sven Baertschi.
The goals came as the result of brutal turnovers.
Travis Moen coughed up the pick n the neutral zone and Ryan White didn't get back to cover Monahan.
A new pairing of Josh Gorges and Jarred Tinordi coughed up the puck to Monahan, who found Baertschi at the side of Price's net.
The Canadiens had 12 shots on goal but few second chances. They wlso sucked on a power-play just before Calgary's second goal.
Tough road trip begins
The summer floods have subsided in Calgary and winter snow is at least a month away.
Meteorologically, then, it's a grand time to be visiting southern Alberta.
But hockey-wise ...
As Dave Stubbs points out, western Canada has been inhospitable to your Montreal Canadiens down the years.
Since the 1998-'99 season, when they swept games in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, the Canadiens have earned 18 of a possible 60 points on visits to rinks in Alberta and B.C. They have not won in Calgary since Jan. 5, 2002.
The team was spared a visit to their western wasteland because of last season's truncated schedule.
But a new season brings new hope, right?
• Hockey's Future tabs Alex Galchenyuk as the best NHL prospect in hockey – ahead of Jonathan Huberdeau, Nail Yakupov, Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones.
The web site's assessment:
Galchenyuk is a high-end offensive talent with excellent vision, hockey sense, and playmaking abilities. The 19-year-old is mature beyond his age, but it is his work ethic and drive to be the best that will push him to exceed expectations. In his rookie season, the big center was a Calder Trophy candidate and should improve his offensive production in 2013-14. He needs to improve his first step acceleration, physicality, and defensive zone positioning to be an absolutely dominant type of player. It will take time and experience for him to become an elite NHL center, but he projects as a franchise player and future star in the NHL.
• I know it's early, but this might be the goal of the season