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Kiprusoff moved ahead of Vernon with his franchise-record 263rd win and Rene Bourque scored twice, leading the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over Montreal on Thursday night to spoil the Canadiens’ home opener of their 103rd season.
“I know Mike pretty well” said Kiprusoff, who was traded to the Flames by San Jose on Nov. 16, 2003, early in his third season with the Sharks. “He was the starting goalie in San Jose when I first came over. He’s a good guy and it’s big for me.”
“I really honestly didn’t know that Kip was close to that record today but it doesn’t surprise me with how good of a goalie he is and how good this team has been since he’s been here,” Bourque said. “He’s played great and he’s the reason why we’re a good team most nights.”
Carey Price, who got his 99th career win Sunday in Winnipeg, stopped 17 shots. The Canadiens fell to 1-2.
Tanguay, who set up Bourque’s power-play goal, got his second assist on Moss‘ goal at 14:54. Moss slipped past Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill to take Tanguay’s feed before steering the puck between Price’s pads to increase the lead to 3-1.
“We self-destructed,” Montreal coach Jacques Martin said.
Kostitsyn gave Montreal an early 1-0 lead with an unorthodox finish to a 2-on-1 with Max Pacioretty, who was given an emotional ovation by the Bell Centre crowd during the team introduction prior to the game.
Pacioretty, who played his first regular season game since suffering a broken neck vertebra on March 8, broke down the ice after Calgary defenseman Cory Sarich’s stick broke causing a turnover inside the Canadiens’ blue line. Kiprusoff got a piece of Pacioretty’s shot but the puck caromed off the end boards to Kostitsyn, who put the puck into an open right side.
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