• At a Glance: The Canadiens raised the curtain on the home portion of their schedule Thursday night, but it was hardly a stellar debut performance before Bell Centre fans in 2011-12.
Things started well for the Canadiens, who got a goal from Andrei Kostitsyn only 1:47 in when he collected a rebound off a Max Pacioretty shot that went off the boards behind Miikka Kiprusoff.
But the Flames stormed back with three goals before the first period was over, including two on the power play.
Rene Bourque tied the game 1-1 at the 7:15 mark on a screened shot that eluded Carey Price, who was in search of his 100th career win.
A little over four minutes later, Niklas Hagman made it 2-1 and David Moss doubled the lead at 14:54.
The Flames scored the only goal in the second period, with Bourque adding his second of the game after some sloppy play by the Canadiens in their defensive zone.
• Keys moments: Montreal was 0-for-4 with the power play, while the Flames scored on two of their four opportunities.
• What It Means: Montreal continues its dismal record in home openers at the Bell Centre, winners of only four since the arena opened.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens continue their three-game homestand on Saturday with a visit by the Colorado Avalanche and welcome the Buffalo Sabres to town next Tuesday.