CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames gave former captain Jarome Iginla a warm reception at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Boston Bruins were a little colder on Tuesday.
David Krejci and Reilly smith struck 1:38 apart in the third period to lift the Boston Bruins over the Flames in Iginla’s return to Calgary.
After outshooting Boston 22-9 through 40 minutes, the Flames took a 1-0 lead into the third.
But Krejci erased the one-goal margin at 13:49, tipping Torey Krug’s point shot behind Reto Berra to tie the game. At 15:27, Smith came barreling down the wing before firing a puck by Berra to put the Bruins out in front.
The goals came after Jiri Hudler staked Calgary to a 1-0 lead in the second period, ripping a shot that escaped the glove of Bruins’ starter Tuukka Rask.
The Flames couldn’t beat Rask, who made 26 saves, before or after Hudler’s marker.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Streaking down the wing, Hudler uncorked a shot from the faceoff dot that dipped under Rask’s glove to give the Flames a 1-0 lead 5:17 into the second period, extending his point-scoring streak to four games.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Near the midway mark of the first period, the puck jumped onto Iginla’s stick in close, but the former Flames captain wasn’t able to lift the puck over Berra to keep the game scoreless.
Smith’s goal with 4:33 remaining put the Flames down 2-1. Calgary wasn’t able to draw the equalizer with Berra on the bench in favour of the extra attacker.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“It was definitely a little bit different playing at home. I came out, I heard Beesley doing the announcement, it did feel a little surreal. I’ve heard it so many times over the years and the light’s out and the atmosphere in here. It was great. It definitely brought back a lot of great memories.”
STAT OF THE GAME
In 5:47 of ice time, Brian McGrattan recorded six hits, including one on Zdeno Chara.
Lane MacDermid and Christopher Breen were scratched against the Oilers. Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain), Sean Monahan (foot), Dennis Wideman (hand) and TJ Galiardi (back) all miss the game due to injury.
The Flames return to action Thursday to host the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Saddledome (7 p.m. MT, SNET-FLAMES).