CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -The Calgary Flames ended a four-game losing streak by beating up on a team mired in a deep slump of its own.
and Dustin Boyd
scored short-handed goals in a three-goal second period as the Flames overcame a 2-1 deficit and beat the struggling Montreal Canadiens 6-2 Monday night.
With the win, Flames coach Mike Keenan tied Pat Quinn for fourth all-time in NHL coaching victories with 657.
With the Flames trailing 2-1 in the second period, Lombardi tied the game, pouncing on Sergei Kostitsyn's miscue and racing in alone on Jan Halak, beating the goaltender with a backhander.
Thirty-two seconds later, Dion Phaneuf's
shot deflected in off a Canadien to give Calgary its first lead of the night.
At 18:43 it was Andrei Markov's turn to mishandle the puck on a Canadiens power play. Eric Nystrom
passed ahead to Boyd, who went in all alone to score his first goal in 16 games for a 4-2 lead.
"We're really happy with the way we played. That's the kind of game we were looking for: a lot of energy and playing a full 60 minutes," said Lombardi, who also added two assists.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens held a players-only meeting that lasted over 30 minutes after their sixth road loss in a row and eighth defeat in their last 10 games.
"A lot of good things were said. Hopefully it's a step in the right direction," Montreal all-star defenseman Mike Komisarek said.
The Canadiens were making their first stop on a season-high six-game road trip. They play in Edmonton on Wednesday night.
"The first thing is to really try and forget the last two weeks," said Montreal captain Saku Koivu. "We can't feel sorry for ourselves and we know the situation that we're in. We're the only ones that are going to dig ourselves out of that hole."
When asked if the meeting was a passionate one, Koivu responded, "We're trying to bring the passion back onto the ice, that's what we're trying to do."
, Rene Bourque
and David Moss
also scored for Calgary. The victory gave the Flames a nine-point lead over Minnesota atop the Northwest Division.
Matt D'Agostini and Tomas Plekanec replied for Montreal.
"Right now we still have games, we still have time to come back and turn this thing around," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. "Tonight was a good time to do that, between the players to air out whatever concern they have and try to pull back again together.
"Right now we're not playing with confidence. It seems that every time we make a mistake it's in our net. Making plays and making passes is really hard because of the confidence that we don't have."
Calgary put the game away in the third period with Bourque's score and Moss getting the night's lone power-play goal of the night.
Making his first start in nine games, Halak saw 41 shots in dropping to 11-10-1. Miikka Kiprusoff
made 22 saves to improve to 31-15-3.
Calgary really poured it on in the second period, outshooting Montreal 20-4. Despite the disparity in shots, the biggest save of the period belonged to Kiprusoff. After going more than 14 minutes without a save, Kiprusoff stacked his pads to deny Andrei Kostitsyn of what looked like the tying goal......more