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.