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Flames Beat Canadiens 4-0 In Heritage Classic Outdoor Game

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CALGARY, Alberta — Rene Bourque scored two goals, Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 39 shots and the Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 Sunday in the Heritage Classic outdoors game at McMahon Stadium.

Anton Babchuk had a short-handed goal and Alex Tanguay also scored for the Flames, who became just the second home team in the NHL's six outdoors games to get a win. Kiprusoff got his fourth shutout of the season.

The win moved the Flames past four teams into a tie with Nashville for fifth place in the Western Conference, as 10 points separate third place and 12th. Calgary has earned at least a point in 18 of its last 20 games.

Carey Price finished with 33 saves for Montreal, which dropped to 1-2-2 in its last five games.

The temperature was about 16 degrees at the start of the game, with winds of 16 miles per hour making it feel like less than 2 degrees. The Heritage Classic had more hockey-like weather than the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, when 50 temperatures and rain forced the NHL to delay the start of the game from afternoon to evening.

The winds blew directly into the faces of about 5,000 people in the temporary seats, and fans were popping hot packs into their boots by the start of the second period. The announced attendance was 41,022, and the majority of fans wore the Flames' red and cream retro jerseys, but there was also a strong Montreal contingent and some combined jerseys and tuques from both teams.

Several players wore eye black under their eyes to reduce sun glare, but didn't need it for the opening faceoff at 4:25 p.m. local time because the setting sun behind the west stands cast a shadow completely covering the ice. However, the stadium lights reflected brightly off the ice by the third period, however.

Bourque scored a power-play goal at 8:09 of the first period when he re-directed a shot from Tanguay past Price.

Curtis Glencross backhanded the puck up high to Babchuk, whose shot from the top of the faceoff circle beat Price's glove for a short-handed goal at 12:44 of the second.

Bourque made it 3-0 with his second goal about 2 minutes later when he cruised in from the boards and tucked a backhander past Price.

Tanguay scored on a goal-mouth feed from Jarome Iginla at 10:53 of the third period.

NOTES: Boston is the only other team to win its outdoor game, beating Philadelphia 2-1 in overtime in the Winter Classic at Fenway Park on Jan. 1, 2010. ... Montreal LW Mike Cammalleri played his first game in a month after separating his shoulder and assistant captain Hal Gill drew back into the lineup after missing four games with an upper-body injury. ... Canadiens D James Wisniewski also played despite taking a puck in the cheekbone Thursday at Edmonton.

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