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Special teams lead Canadiens past Flames

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Canadian Press
10/17/2006 10:32:06 PM

MONTREAL (CP) - Sheldon Souray and Radek Bonk each scored two goals as the Montreal Canadiens skated to a wild 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Souray scored twice on the man advantage and set up another power-play goal by Alex Kovalev as the Canadiens (3-0-2) remained without a loss in regulation time.

Matthew Lombardi scored twice while Dion Phaneuf and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Flames (2-3-1), which lost a second game in a row. Phaneuf also had two assists as the Flames struck twice on the power play.

Montreal outshot Calgary 36-24 in a game that featured high-tempo action and plenty of scoring chances, constantly testing goalies Miikka Kiprusoff of the Flames and Cristobal Huet of the Canadiens.

Bonk checked the puck away from Phaneuf and went in on a short-handed breakaway to score only 1:32 into the match.

A scary moment came at 3:38, when Montreal winger Aaron Downey looked to be knocked out cold by an open-ice hit from Robyn Regehr in the neutral zone. Downey was taken to hospital for tests and there was no immediate word on his condition.

That touched off a series of shoving matches, with a string of penalties but no fights through the rest of the period.

Lombardi fired into an open side on a power play at 7:04. Souray scored on a bullet shot from the point during a four-on-three at 13:27 and Lombardi converted a Regehr pass to tie it at 13:54.

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