Series (Game 2 of 2)

Montreal leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, December 31st
Game 2: Monday, January 13th

Flames 2

(14-21-3, 37 pts)

Canadiens 4

(18-17-4, 45 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 13, 2003

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
CGY 0 2 02
MTL 3 0 14

M. Hossa (Canadiens - F): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Bulis (Canadiens - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Juneau (Canadiens - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Hossa scores twice to hand Flames third straight defeat

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.

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