BOSTON BRUINS VS CALGARY FLAMES
9:41 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL: BOS 2, CGY 0
BRUINS EXTINGUISH FLAMES: The Boston Bruins topped the Calgary Flames by a score of 2-0 at TD Garden. Zdeno Chara was responsible for the two goals tonight for the Bruins, marking his 10th career multi-goal game. Tuukka Rask had another signature performance in net, stopping 21 shots for his first shutout against the Flames, third shutout of the season and 19th shutout of his career. The Bruins are back in action on Thursday as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres, with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
ZDENO NOTCHES ANOTHER: Bruins forward Nick Johnson caught a high-stick from Calgary's Lance Bouma, putting the B's on the man-advantage for the second time in the evening. The Bruins took full advantage in consecutive power play opporunities, when Zdeno Chara picked up a dirty goal out in front of the Calgary net, scooping up an Iginla rebound, and chipping it past Berra. The goal is Chara's second power play goal of the game, with both Iginla and Krejci earning their second assists. All three players now have multiple-point games. It also marks Chara's first multi-goal game of the season, and 10th of his career.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Thursday as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
8:38 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CGY 0
MARCHAND CALLED FOR BOARDING: At the 4:32 mark, Brad Marchand was called for boarding, sending the Bruins penalty kill to work for two minutes. The B's managed to keep the puck out of their defensive zone for most of the minor to Marchand, not allowing the Flames to generate much momentum, and were ultimately able to escape without surrendering a goal.
CHARA CONVERTS ON THE POWER PLAY: The Bruins were awarded their first power play of the game when Calgary's Lance Bouma was called for a high-sticking double minor at the 14:36 mark. Zdeno Chara was able to convert on the power play, when Jarome Iginla fed Krejci by the blueline, who then sent a pass to Zdeno Chara in the right faceoff circle. Chara then unloaded a low one-timer, beating Berra to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The goal marks Chara's eighth goal of the season, with Krejci and Iginla picking up their 22nd and 12th assists, respectively.
CARON TO THE BOX FOR TRIPPING: At 1:59 into the second period, Jordan Caron was whistled for tripping putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time tonight. Entering this evening, the Bruins ranked seventh on the penalty kill (85.6%), against a Flames power play that ranked 25th in the NHL. The Bruins managed to bail out Caron's two-minute minor, killing off the penalty unscathed.
7:52 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, CGY 0
RASK STRONG THROUGH ONE: B's goaltender Tuukka Rask had a solid showing in the first period, stopping all nine shots he saw, including two consecutive saves on former Bruin Joe Colborne on the doorstep. The first save was on a wrister on a crashing Colborne, who retrieved his own rebound a split second later, again throwing it on Rask, but the Bruins goaltender was able to stymie both chances, eliciting a "Tuuuuuuukkkk" from the TD Garden faithful.
B'S BEST CHANCES: One of the the Bruins' best chance came when Iginla scooped up a rebound below the right faceoff circle and patiently timed a well-executed pass to Krejci positioned in the slot about five minutes into the game. Krejci redirected the pass on Calgary goaltender Reto Berra, but Berra was able to make an athletic adjustment to deflect the puck away with the bottom of his right leg pad. The B's had another solid opportunity from the Black & Gold's top line once again, when Milan Lucic hit Iginla with a cross ice-ice pass for a one-timer, but Berra came up big for the Flames, and was able to make the critical stop.
CUNNINGHAM MAKES NHL DEBUT: Head Coach Claude Julien opted to insert recent recall Craig Cunningham into the Bruins lineup tonight, marking Cunningham's National Hockey League debut. Cunningham logged 3:23 of ice time in his first period of NHL action.
6:32 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. CGY
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (16-8-2, 1.97 GAA, .932 Save %) vs. Berra (4-7-2, 3.18 GAA, .896 Save %). Rask is 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA and .981 save % in two career games against Calgary. Berra is 0-1-0 with a 2.07 GAA and .917 save % in one career game against Boston.
BRUINS VS FLAMES LIFETIME: The Bruins and Flames will meet for the 99th time tonight with the B’s holding a 55-32-10-1 record and a 343-300 scoring edge. The Bruins are 31-12-6-1 in their 50 lifetime meetings in Boston, holding a scoring advantage of 182-132 in those contests. The Black & Gold have beaten Calgary in their last four meetings and are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games overall versus the Flames. The Flames last win in Boston was a 5-0 victory on December 18, 2003, one day shy of 10 years ago today.
POINT-PER-GAME SUCCESS: Forwards Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Milan Lucic have all had point-per-game success or better against the Flames, with Bergeron registering 4-4=8 totals in eight games, Krejci accumulating 3-5=8 totals in five games and Lucic netting 3-3=6 totals in five games. Torey Krug, Carl Soderberg and Ryan Spooner also registered an assist in their first and only game against Calgary on December 10, when the Bruins topped the Flames, 2-1.
THE BEAR & THE GANG: Season two of The Bear and the Gang officially returned today with a little Christmas-themed weirdness and can be viewed on BostonBruins.com. The first installment of The Bear and the Gang is hosted by Boston Bruins Anthem singer Rene Rancourt and features Bruins management, coaches and players. Stay tuned for more episodes as the new year approaches.
TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION DRIVE: The Boston Bruins will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program at the following Bruins home games in December: Saturday, December 7 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Tuesday, December 17 vs. Calgary Flames, and Saturday, December 21 vs. Buffalo Sabres. U.S. Marines will be stationed at the TD Garden entrance turnstiles, the Community Corner located in Loge 4, and on the balcony level collecting toys and monetary donations. For every toy donation or $10 donation, fans will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for Bruins autographed memorabilia including a team-autographed jersey, team-autographed stick, and a player-autographed puck & photo.
183 AND COUNTING: Following the B’s last home game on December 7, the Bruins have sold out 183 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
FLAMES NOTEBOOK: Tonight’s game against the Bruins will be the Flames third away game of a five-game road stretch that began on December 14 in Buffalo and will end December 21 in Pittsburgh… Calgary has been in 22 one-goal games this season, including their matchup against the B’s on December 10, and are 11-6-5 in those games. 11 of Calgary’s 13 wins this season have come by a one-goal margin… Mike Cammalleri and Sean Monahan lead the Flames in goal scoring with 10 apiece… Centerman Jiri Hudler leads Calgary in point production with 30 tallies (9-21).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 16-for-89 (18.0%, 15th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 89-for-104 (85.6%, 7th NHL)… Flames power play: 15-for-105 (14.3%, 25th NHL), Flames penalty kill: 90-for-108 (83.3%, T-13th NHL).