BOSTON, MA -- Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winner with 4:07 remaining in regulation to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win against the Flames at TD Garden on Tuesday.
Calgary was assessed a bench minor for having too many men on the ice with 4:07 to play. The Bruins’ power play had been 0-for-4, but Bergeron capitalized on Boston’s fifth chance when he beat Joni Ortio
with a one-timer from the high slot after a pass from the right half-wall by Ryan Spooner.
"We had too many men, it was the right call," Flames coach Bob Hartley admitted. "We had a player that jumped on the ice too quick and the puck got in that area. Our penalty killing was good all night but on that one they got us."
Landon Ferraro also scored, and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for the Bruins.
Jakub Nakladal scored, and Joni Ortio made 23 saves for the Flames.
Calgary has lost six consecutive games, and nine of the past 10 games. The Flames continue with the third of a four-game road trip Thursday in Buffalo.
We're going to see a lot about the character on this hockey club," Hartley said. "We have a lot. Guys like Jokipakka and Hathaway and all those guys, they are coming in and they want to make a name for themselves and we have some players that need to put some money in the bank.
"There is no reason to quit and obviously we're not going to accept anyone quitting."
Bergeron capitalized on Boston's fifth chance with the man-advantage when he beat Ortio with a one-timer from the high slot on a pass from the right half-wall by Ryan Spooner.
The marker came after Nakladal tied the game 5:35 into the third with his first NHL goal. The 28-year-old Czech defenceman one-timed a pass Jyrki Jokipakka by Rask’s blocker to even the score 1-1. Jokipakka was in his first game with the Flames after being acquired alongside Brett Pollock and a conditional second round pick from the Dallas Stars at the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday.
"I was ready for the one-time before and I yelled to him to pass to me and fortunately he passed to me after that and we had a great shot there," said Nakladal. "We had a couple of great chances there and it was a good shift. After that I tried just to focus on my one-time and finally it was a goal."
The Flames couldn’t find the equalizer with Ortio on the bench for the extra attacker."
The Flames outshot the Bruins 8-5 in the first period, but trailed after 20 minutes.
Ferraro scored on Boston’s second shot of the game at 7:05, cruising through the slot and taking a pass from Torey Krug before ripping a shot over Ortio’s blocker to put the Bruins up 1-0.
Calgary’s best chance in the frame came off the stick of Sean Monahn. Off the rush, Johnny Gaudreau stopped up in the slot, spun, and fed Monahan, who one-timed the offering but couldn’t beat Rask.
"I think it was a pretty good defensive game by both teams clogging the middle and getting pucks in deep and trying to grind defenceman down," said Gaudreau. "It was a good defensive game but they just found a way to score on the powerplay there at the end."
Mikael Backlund, with seven seconds remaining in a minor penalty to Matt Beleskey, couldn’t solve Rask either. Dougie Hamilton’s point shot hit Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg and struck Backlund, whose quick swipe at the loose puck was blocked by the pad of the Boston netminder at 3:27 of the second period.
Tonight and against LA and against the Islanders we weren't scoring enough," said Backlind. "Last night against Philly we put ourselves in a bad spot and we were trying to get ourselves back.
"Once again we had a good third, we were close but couldn't finish it. The effort is there, we just have to find a way to score more."
Rask swatted another Monahan shot away with his blocker near the midway mark of the period.
Calgary limited Boston to seven shots through the first 30 minutes of the game.
Shot eight came off the stick of Seidenberg at the point, but was met by Ortio’s pad.
Saves 10 through 14 came with Michael Frolik in the penalty box, including close-range opportunities by Loui Eriksson, Ryan Spooner, and a pair from Beleskey from within 30 feet.
"Nobody likes losing and that’s what has been happening here lately," Gaudreau continued. "We have to change it. I think four or five games could have been the opposite way around. We are losing by one of two goals by every single game. If we get a couple of bounces here we might get a couple of wins."