Series (Game 1 of 1)

Calgary leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, January 19th

Canadiens 2

(21-17-6, 48 pts)

Flames 3

(27-14-5, 59 pts)

9:00 PM ET, January 19, 2006

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
MTL 1 0 12
CGY 2 1 03

J. Iginla (Flames - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

D. Langkow (Flames - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Phaneuf (Flames - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Montreal (21-16-6) at Calgary (26-14-5) 9:00 pm EST

Montreal (21-16-6) at Calgary (26-14-5) 9:00 pm EST

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Montreal Canadiens interim coach Bob Gainey will try to translate his early success behind the bench to the road when his club opens a challenging trip Thursday against the Calgary Flames.

Gainey, the club's general manager who took over as coach after firing Claude Julien on Saturday, won his first two games with the Canadiens by a combined score of 10-4 at home.

Gainey's attempt to stay unbeaten will face a stiff challenge on the trip, which includes meetings with five clubs that are at least tied for first place in their respective divisions entering Thursday's action.

Included in that group is Calgary, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Ottawa and Carolina.

Montreal got three power-play goals - two by Mike Ribeiro - in Monday's 4-2 win over Dallas. Jose Theodore made 35 saves as the Canadiens snapped the Stars' six-game winning streak.

The Flames, who enter the day tied with Vancouver and Colorado atop the Northwest Division, salvaged the finale of a 1-2-1 road trip with Saturday's 4-1 victory at Minnesota.

Kristian Huselius had a goal and two assists as Calgary finished the contest with four unanswered tallies to snap its longest slide since October.