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Hossa scores twice to hand Flames third straight defeat

1/14/2003

MONTREAL (AP) -- Marcel Hossa is making good use of his older
brother's guidance.

Hossa had his first career two-goal game and Jose Theodore made
26 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 victory over the
Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Hossa, the younger brother of Ottawa star Marian Hossa, has five
goals in four games since being recalled from the minors.

''He gives me good advice on what I have to do,'' Hossa said of
Marian, whose 28 goals rank second in the NHL. ''It's great to have
him. We're just having fun.''

Hossa scored a power-play goal in the first before adding his
second of the game with 6:35 remaining in the third.

''You just have to be impressed,'' Canadiens captain Saku Koivu
said. ''We've known all along that he has some skills. He can shoot
the puck and he can score some goals. He's playing well in the
corners, winning some battles and a guy that has that much skill,
when you work, good things will happen.''

Jan Bulis and Donald Audette also scored for Montreal, which won
for the second time in three home games since failing to win during
a season-high seven-game road trip (0-4-1-2) that included a 1-1
tie in Calgary on Dec. 31.

Trailing 3-0 after the first, the Flames got power-play goals
from Stephane Yelle and Martin Gelinas while outshooting the
Canadiens 14-7 in the second period to draw to one down.

Calgary has lost three in a row since going undefeated in their
first five games after coach Darryl Sutter was hired on Dec. 28.

''It doesn't matter where you are, if your top line doesn't show
up, you're not going to win,'' Sutter said.

Flames goalie Roman Turek was caught out of the net as Bulis
opened the scoring 3:53 into the game. Behind his net to play the
puck, Turek tried to clear the zone but sent the puck directly to
Bulis, who fired into the open right corner of the net before the
Turek could scramble back.

''Right before, I saw a black jersey, and when I played the puck
he moved to the middle and it went right to (Bulis),'' Turek said.
''He had a wide open net and he shot it right away -- there was no
time to get back.''

Hossa redirected Patrice Brisebois' point shot past Turek at
8:40 for a power-play goal and Audette scored his third of the
season at 12:42 as a time expired on a diving penalty against
Calgary's Scott Nichol.

Yelle scored on a power play 5:01 into the second for his
seventh of the season and Gelinas blasted a slap shot past Theodore
from the left faceoff circle with 0:49 left in the period to make
it 3-2.

''We've got to find the way to win, one step at a time,''
Gelinas said. ''We were going in the right direction because we had
five games where we played really good hockey, but we don't want to
take a step back.''

Game notes
The Flames are 4-3-1 under Sutter. ... Calgary center Chris
Drury and Montreal right wing Richard Zednik were hit with majors for
their second-period fight. ... The Canadiens gave away 5,000 Koivu
bobblehead dolls. ... Audette's goal was his first since Nov. 18,
ending a 20-game goal-scoring drought. ... Montreal left wing Doug Gilmour
sat out for the fifth time in six games because of lower back pain.