Nick Suzuki breaks tie, Canadiens beat Flames 4-2

Nov 11, 2021, 5:13 AM | Updated: 9:15 pm
Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom and defenseman Christopher Tanev watch the puck in the ne...

Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom and defenseman Christopher Tanev watch the puck in the net as Montreal Canadiens' Tyler Toffoli celebrates a goal by Nick Suzuki during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

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              Calgary Flames' Andrew Mangiapane scores past Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen as Canadiens' Nick Suzuki watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Calgary Flames' Andrew Mangiapane celebrates his goal with Sean Monahan as Montreal Canadiens' Nick Suzuki skates by during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Montreal Canadiens' Jake Evans celebrates his empty-net goal with Brendan Gallagher as Calgary Flames' Noah Hanifin skates by during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund falls onto Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom knocks the puck away from Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Montreal Canadiens' Tyler Toffoli shoots high on Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Linesmen try to separate Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames following a goal by Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen and teammate Nick Suzuki celebrate the Canadiens' victory over the Calgary Flames in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan gets caught between Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen and defenseman David Savard during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom and defenseman Christopher Tanev watch the puck in the net as Montreal Canadiens' Tyler Toffoli celebrates a goal by Nick Suzuki during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) — Nick Suzuki scored his fourth goal in five games to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Thursday night.

Suzuki gave Montreal the lead with a power-play goal midway through the third period, and Jake Evans iced it with an empty-netter. Brendan Gallagher and Ben Chiarot also scored for the Canadiens, and Jake Allen made 24 saves.

On the winner, Suzuki fooled goalie Jacob Markstrom by shooting from behind the net. The puck hit the goalie’s skate and crossed the line.

“We can see (he’s) in a great run after going through a slow start,” Montreal coach Dominque Ducharme said. “He doesn’t need to be more intelligent than the game. “I think he handled himself well tonight, he holds the team’s success at heart and he wants to make a difference.”

With nine points in his last five games, Suzuki has carried the Canadiens of late.

“His role this season was to be the No. 1 center and it started slow but he’s playing extremely well lately,” defenseman David Savard said. “He’s the reason we were successful tonight. He’s one of the players we notice a lot on the ice and he’s hard to play against.”

Mikael Backlund and Andrew Mangiapane had first-period goals for the Flames in the opener of a six-game trip.

“We’re a team that didn’t make the playoffs last year and we’re trying to stay in the race, that’s the key,” Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. “Every night is a tough game and we’re not a team that will score a lot so we’ll need to do a lot of grinding and banging away. I think we did a lot more of that tonight than we did in the last couple of games.”

Markstrom stopped 25 shots.

“We have a new game tomorrow so you can’t really dwell on it but tonight’s going to suck,” Markstrom said. “We all wanted to get off on a good start.”

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Flames: At Toronto on Friday night.

Canadiens: At Detroit on Saturday night.

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