Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Drouin Scores Deciding Goal as Canadiens Hold off Flames in 3-2 Win

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Drouin Scores Deciding Goal as Canadiens Hold off Flames in 3-2 Win

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Canadiens hold off Flames for 3-2 win


MONTREAL - Flames goalie David Rittich did everything he could to keep Calgary in the game for the second straight outing, but he fell just short against the Montreal Canadiens.

After a 44-save performance against the Rangers his last time out, Rittich made 37 saves as the Flames dropped a 3-2 contest to the Canadiens on Tuesday night.

The Czech goalie was by far Calgary's best player, keeping the score close while his teammates failed to generate enough offence.

"He's not God out there," said Matthew Tkachuk of his goalie. "He can't stop everything. At one point they're just going to go in. They keep getting these chances. Eventually it's going to go in.

"It was a bad effort after we got away with one in New York because of our goalie. And maybe tonight we can return him the favour and play well and bail him out, but the opposite again."

Rittich was locked in to start the night.

The undrafted 26-year-old made big saves on Canadiens forwards Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi early in the first period to set the tone for the encounter. He made a breakaway glove save on Artturi Lehkonen look easy.

The Flames jumped to a 1-0 lead at 16:46 of the first period when Tkachuk's shot bounced off Michael Frolik's skate past Carey Price.

That set the stage for Rittich's highlight-reel saves in the second period.

With Calgary still holding onto the lead, Rittich made four saves on four different Canadiens players in a two-second span. First came Xavier Ouellet's shot from the point, followed by three quick rebounds by Phillip Danault, Victor Mete and Brendan Gallagher on the doorstep.

"Right from the start you could see how sharp he was again," said Flames captain Mark Giordano. "Tough not to get points tonight when your goalie's that good and holding you in it for as long as he did.

"You can't keep chasing games. …

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