BostonBruins.com – Milan Lucic
scored in the first and last minute of the Tuesday night's game to lead the Bruins to their 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames in Scotiabank Saddledome.
|Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand celebrates his goal during third period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. Boston won 3-1. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh) |
“I like a lot of things, I think our guys were working hard on both ends of the ice,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN’s Naoko Funayama after the game.
“I thought we were back-checking pretty good. We had four lines going really good tonight and I thought we moved the puck well.”
The B’s picked up their third consecutive victory, led by goaltender Tim Thomas
(28 saves), who collected his 27th win.
“He was sharp,” Julien said of Thomas. “He had some good energy and that’s what we were looking for.”
Calgary pressured the Bruins with a late third period goal, but it was B’s rookie Brad Marchand
’s second period tally that proved to be the game-winner.
“The one thought that did cross my mind is how hard it is to get shutouts sometimes,” Thomas told NESN of what he thought when the Flames scored.
“The whole 60 minutes is hard to get to. But it was 2-1 and I was trying to keep the same focus I had all game and not over think anything.”
Boston got the scoring started just 59 seconds into the game when Lucic blasted a shot from the slot past Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff (26 saves).
The momentum and offensive pressure swung back and forth between the two power-house squads throughout the next 45 minutes before Marchand gave Boston the momentum back with his 19th goal of the year at 5:55 in the second.
Lucic finished the scoring off, and cemented the victory, with his empty-netter with 47 seconds remaining in the game.
“It was a good tough road win, you know a tight game the whole way through,” Thomas told NESN's cameras after the game.
“We need to learn to play like that especially heading towards the playoffs.”
The victory opened up the Bruins Western Canadian road-trip, a journey that will include visits to Vancouver and Edmonton before the B's return to the east coast for a tilt with the Ottawa Senators in game six of Boston’s current road-swing.
The B’s are 3-0 in the first three games.
“We wanted to get off on the right foot…we also know that going to Vancouver is going to be a tough challenge,” Julien told NESN.
“So this is a good measuring stick for our hockey club.”---Hannah Becker