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Game Rush: Flames vs. Bruins

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


BOSTON, MA -- The Calgary Flames were hoping to get back on track in Boston after a disappointing loss on Long Island. Unfortunately, things didn't go to plan.

The Boston Bruins scored three power play goals in their 5-0 win over the visiting Flames and Calgary fell back six points of the eighth placed Detroit Red Wings.

"They got the first one and we got a little bit down," sighed Jarome Iginla after the game. "They were able to get those power play goals and we were just standing around watching. We don't have the firepower to score a lot of goals but we can compete ... they just rolled from their first couple of power plays."

The Bruins notched their first of the afternoon at 14:08 of the first period. With Craig Conroy in the penalty box for hooking, the Bruins went to work at improving their ailing power play. Mark Recchi made a pass back to Dennis Wideman on the blueline and he slid the puck over to a waiting Dennis Seidenberg. The blueliner one-timed the pass and it beat Miikka Kiprusoff low stick side.

After a quiet first frame in terms of infractions, the second period was filled with penalties but only the Bruins were able to capitalize with the man advantage.

Another Conroy hooking call gave the Bruins their second power play marker. David Krejci opted to take a slap shot after receiving a pass from Zdeno Chara and the puck flew into the back of net over Kiprusoff's left shoulder. Milan Lucic provided an excellent screen on the goal, ensuring Kiprusoff had no chance on seeing the shot before it was behind him.

The Bruins power play kept clicking after Rene Bourque was called for goaltender interference at 4:34 of the second stanza. Chara was left all alone in the middle of Flames zone and he skated up into the play and slapped a hard shot into the back of net at 6:15.

The Flames were able to get two power plays in the period but aggressive penalty killing by the Bruins held them off the board.

The third period started out well for the Flames as they were able to maintain some sustained pressure in the offensive zone but an unlikely play in their own end killed that momentum quickly.

An attempted clearing by the Flames bounced off a referee and kept the puck in the Calgary zone. The Bruins pounced on the puck immediately and Patrice Bergeron banked a puck off Conroy to score Boston's fourth of the afternoon.

Recchi scored his 17th of the season at 5:51 of the final period when he was able to smack a bouncing puck in front of Kiprusoff over the netminder's shoulder. That prompted a goaltending change for Calgary and Vesa Toskala took over from there.

There was a scary moment for the Flames midway through the period when Bourque was elbowed by Johnny Boychuk. He laid on the ice for a few minutes before heading to the locker room. Boychuk ended up taking a 5:00 elbowing major and was given a game misconduct. Bourque returned to the ice after a few shifts later.

The Flames weren't able to generate any offense on the 5:00 power play they were given after the Boychuk major and that sealed the shutout for Tim Thomas.

There's no time to rest for the Flames as they head into Washington to take on Alexander Ovechkin's NHL-leading Washington Capitals. Game time is 1:00 PM MST on Sportsnet West & The FAN 960.

Neither club has been an offensive juggernaut all season, instead priding themselves on their defensive play but the Bruins were able to explode with five goals, three of those coming on the power play. The Flames lack of discipline ended up biting them as they weren't able to contain a desperate Boston team. The Flames couldn't generate anything offensively and players seemed to a second too late on the attempted passing plays in the Bruins zone. Many shots went wide and Calgary's power play wasn't up to snuff. They weren't able to capitalize on a 5:00 power play in the third period and couldn't keep sustained pressure during that stretch.

The Flames kept the same scratch list from Thursday, sitting out D Adam Pardy, F Brian McGrattan, F Curtis Glencross, F Christopher Higgins and F Daymond Langkow. The Bruins opted to scratch D Andrew Ference, F Trent Whitfield, F Brad Marchand.

3 - Goaltender interference calls in the 2nd period.

4 - Shots on net for Cory Sarich, Niklas Hagman and Bourque. They led the team in this category.

18 - Hits for the Flames through 60 minutes.

14:09 - Toskala's ice time.

4:05 - Ian White's power play time.

"Nobody’s given up. Nobody’s quitting. We care. Maybe too much. We’ve got to relax. You know, the less is more theory?" -  Conroy on the team's mentality.

"We're not done. We have 7 games left, we can get to 97 points." - Iginla on the playoff push.

"The biggest thing, there still has to be a belief. And there is in that room. We still feel we can get it done, but we need some personal performances to be better. You’ve gotta still feel good about yourself as individuals, and about your team. If it’s any other way, you have no chance." - Head coach Brent Sutter




Eric Nystrom
Showed the most heart on the team, 2 shots, 1 hit.
Mark Giordano
Played over 23 minutes, 3 hits, 1 shot, 1 blocked shot
Cory Sarich
Suddenly looking like an offensive d-man, put 4 shots on net

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