Suffering Canadiens withdrawal? The Gazette has the answer with the ultimate fantasy experience as Canadiens beat writer Pat Hickey and Gazette techie Eric Tobon employ EA Sports NHL 13 to produce The Season That Isn’t. Here’s how things might have looked in Tuesday’s night’s game between the Canadiens and Flames in Calgary.
CALGARY – Michael Cammalleri renewed old acquaintances Tuesday morning as he joked with his former Canadiens’ teammates about being the only NHL player to be traded in the middle of a game.
But Cammalleri had little to smile about later in the day. The Canadiens handed his Calgary Flames a 4-2 defeat and Cammalleri was nursing a headache after he slammed into the boards late in the first period.
“He was coming to the net pretty hard and he lost his balance when he tried to change direction to reach for a rebound,” Canadiens goaltender Carey Price said.
Cammalleri was able to leave the ice under his own steam, but he was taken to hospital for observation.
“We don’t think it’s serious, but you don’t want to take chances with head injuries,” said Flames coach Bob Hartley, who wasn’t impressed with his team’s third-period collapse.
“We played them even for two periods and then we gave up two goals early in the third,” said Hartley, whose team enjoyed a 30-27 advantage in shots.
Tomas Plekanec snapped a 1-1 tie when he took a pass from Scott Gomez and scored at 3:31 of the third period.
Max Pacioretty scored what proved to be the winning goal at 7:27 when he hooked up with David Desharnais. The two collaborated on an empty-netter for Pacioretty’s team-leading seventh goal of the season.
The Canadiens jumped off to an early lead after Jarome Iginla took a hooking penalty on the first shift of the game. That led to a power-play goal by Brian Gionta at 1:26.
Mikael Backlund got that one back when he fooled Price with a knuckleball when he hit a bouncing pass from Tim Jackman at 1:32 of the second period.
Jiri Hudler, who was signed as a free agent during the summer, gave the Flames a bit of hope when he cut the Montreal lead to a 3-2 at 12:51 of the third period, but the Canadiens limited Calgary to two shots over the final seven minutes.
The win was the seventh in a row for the Canadiens, who take a 7-2 record into Edmonton Thursday.