Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bruins 2, Flames 0
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- After a successful 3-1-0 road trip through Canada, the Boston Bruins returned home and continued their winning ways with a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames Tuesday night at TD Garden.
It's the second time in a week these teams played. Boston defeated Calgary 2-1 last Tuesday at the Saddledome.
The Bruins received a pair of power-play goals from captain Zdeno Chara, while goaltender Tuukka Rask made 21 saves to register his third shutout of the season and 19th of his career. With the win, the Bruins are 11-3-1 in their last 15 games and increased their home winning streak to 11-0-2.
After a scoreless first period, the Bruins gained a 1-0 lead on Chara's first power-play goal at 7:38 of the second period. His one-timer from the right faceoff dot beat Calgary goaltender Reto Berra to the five-hole. It was Chara's eighth goal of the season and fifth power-play tally. Rask didn't see much action in the second period as Boston outshot Calgary, 15-4.
The Bruins gained a 2-0 lead on Chara's second power-play goal of the game at 3:19 of the third period. This time he was camped out in front of the Calgary net and pumped in his ninth goal of the season.
Down two goals, the Flames pulled Berra with more than two minutes remaining in regulation, but couldn't capitalize with the extra attacker.
SCARY MOMENT: Early in the second period, Chara took a high stick to the face and immediately dropped to the ice with his hand over his right eye. He stayed on the ice for a moment and was tended to by team trainer Don DelNegro. Chara went to the bench and did not miss a shift. It was the stick of Flames' Matt Stajan that caught Chara, but there was no penalty on the play. A few minutes later, Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller also was hit in the face with a high stick, but this time Calgary's Lance Bouma received a four-minute double minor. The Bruins capitalized on the man-advantage as Chara scored.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Bruins rookie Craig Cunningham made his NHL debut Tuesday night. He was recalled Monday from Providence on an emergency basis and was in the lineup against the Flames, playing on the Bruins' fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Jordan Caron. Cunningham, 23, has nine goals and five assists for 14 points in 27 games for the P-Bruins this season. He's also the eighth player this season to play his first game with the Bruins. During his junior career, Cunningham was a teammate of Milan Lucic with the Vancouver Giants and won the Memorial Cup in 2006-07.
TAZ: As part of the team's season-long 90th anniversary celebration, former Bruins forward, captain and coach Terry O'Reilly dropped the ceremonial puck prior to the game. No. 24 received a nice ovation from the fans and players on both teams.
UP NEXT: The Bruins have a home-and-home series with the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Boston travels to Buffalo to face the Sabres Thursday night before returning to host their Atlantic Division opponent Saturday at TD Garden.