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Canadiens return home to beat Flames 4-2, improve to 5-0-2

January 29, 2021 GMT
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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stops Calgary Flames' Nikita Nesterov during third-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stops Calgary Flames' Nikita Nesterov during third-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price made 23 saves, Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber, Josh Anderson and Tyler Toffoli scored and unbeaten Montreal beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Thursday night in the Canadiens’ home opener.

“I think we were very opportunistic tonight,” Weber said. “I don’t think that was our best effort by any means. I think we’ve got a lot of room to improve here. That’s a good sign obviously because we’re playing well enough to win and we’re capitalizing.”

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jonathan Drouin each had two assists to help the Canadiens improve to 5-0-2.

“Everything is just clicking pretty good,” Kotkaniemi said. “It’s the feeling. Everything is just feeling right at the moment.”

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Sam Bennett ended Price’s shutout bid with 1:18 left. Rasmus Andersson added a second power-play goal with 22.7 seconds to play.

“Just little things, little breakdowns cost us a couple goals there,” Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said. “I thought from there on we started taking way too many risks through the neutral zone and against a good-structured team, they’re going to make you pay.”

The teams will meet again Saturday night in Montreal.

NOTES: Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk dropped the gloves for a brief scrap with Montreal’s Ben Chiarot midway through the third period. ... Corey Perry assisted on Gallagher’s goal for his 799th NHL point.