Zdeno Chara’s two goals, Tuukka Rask’s shutout lead Bruins past Flames
|12.17.13 at 9:37 pm ET|
Calgary forward Lance Bouma high-sticked Kevan Miller in both the second and third period, and both resulted in power-play goals from Chara. David Krejci and Jarome Iginla had assists on both Chara goals, meaning Iginla has now registered a point agaist every NHL team in his career.
Rask made 20 saves in the shutout, his third of the season. Retto Berra stopped 29 of the 31 shots he saw in his second loss against the Bruins in eight days.
The Bruins will travel to face the Sabres in Buffalo Thursday.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– With his two goals, Chara leads NHL defensemen with nine strikes on the season, surpassing Torey Krug and Erik Karlsson (eight apiece). Six of Chara’s nine goals this season have come on the power play.
– Though the shots were 10-9 in favor of the Bruins in the first period, they were lucky that Calgary stayed off the scoreboard in the first 20 minutes. Among their chances on which they failed to convert was a Brian McGrattan miss of an open net and two quick saves from Rask in succession on former B’s first round pick Joe Colborne.
Colborne also couldn’t finish on a third period play in which he was fed down low off the rush, so the Flames had their chances; they just didn’t capitalize.
– Craig Cunningham made his NHL debut as Matt Fraser was kept out of the Bruins’ lineup for an undisclosed ailment. The team did clarify that Fraser was not a healthy scratch. Cunningham played on Gregory Campbell‘s line with Jordan Caron.
– In not scoring Tuesday night, the Flames have still not scored at TD Garden since Oct. 19, 2006.
– Ryan Spooner only took faceoffs, but he won them all. Given how he started at the dot during this callup (and he was 1-for-6 last week against the Flames), that’s progress.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins could stand to do without any bad hits or unwise decision as their reputation heals in wake of Shawn Thornton’s suspensions and Brad Marchand’s antics in Vancouver, but Marchand turned in a bad hit from behind on Sean Monhahan in the second period. Monahan had already turned and his numbers were facing Marchand the whole way as the Bruins forward threw him into the boards. Marchand was assessed a two-minute boarding minor for the infraction, and it wouldn’t be a surprised if he gets a call from Brendan Shanahan as well.
Marchand also missed the empty net twice when the Flames pulled Berra, including once from the hashmarks.
– The refs missed one of the toughest calls to miss when Matt Stajan high-sticked Zdeno Char in the Bruins’ zone in the second period. Chara fell to the ice holding his right eye and remained down for a moment before skating off under his own power. The B’s were on the power play shortly after following a Lance Bouma high sticking double minor for catching Kevan Miller in the face, and fortunately for the B’s Chara was able to stay in the game and score on that power play.
Chara left the bench briefly later in the period but stayed in the game.
– Krug has had a quiet go of it goals-wise, as he has just one goal in his last 10 games.