CALGARY, AB -- Zdeno Chara came up big for the Boston Bruins.
The hulking 6-foot-9 defenceman provided all the offence his squad would need, lifting the Bruins to a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames at TD Bank Garden on Tuesday night.
The loss is the first time this season the Flames have been shut out.
After a scoreless first period, Chara went to work in the second.
With Lance Bouma serving a double minor for high sticking and the Flames struggling to clear the puck, Chara snuck a one-timer between the legs of Reto Berra to put Boston up 1-0 at 7:38. With an assist on the play, Jarome Iginla recorded his first point against his former club.
Chara wasn’t done there.
In the third period and on another man advantage, he picked up a blocked shot in his skates and deposited the puck in the back of the net for his second of the night to put the Bruins up 2-0 at 3:19. Iginla also earned an assist on the play.
With the net empty in favour of the extra attacker, the Flames couldn’t put a dent in Tuukka Rask’s shutout bid.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the first period, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying from the Flames.
Just over a minute into the game, Matt Stajan found the puck on his stick just feet in front of Rask, but a quick pad denied his one-timer to keep the game scoreless.
Rask was equally good on a 3-on-2 four minutes later. Breaking in on the odd-man rush, Stajan dropped the puck to Chris Butler, who wired a shot off Rask’s shoulder. On a 2-on-1 break with just over six minutes remaining, David Jones looked off Stajan before Rask’s shoulder again denied the Flames an opportunity to get on the board.
Berra, making his first start in a week, did his part to keep Calgary tied.
Before Jones’ chance to put the Flames up, Berra made sure Iginla didn’t do the same for the Bruins, kicking out his one-timer off a Milan Lucic feed to keep the game scoreless.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Lucic found Iginla alone in the high-slot who one-timed a pass, but Berra was able to flash a pad 12 minutes into the first period to keep the game scoreless through 20 minutes.
Parked in front of the net on the power play in the third period, Chara’s second of the night was too big of a deficit for the Flames to overcome on Tuesday.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Flames haven’t scored at TD Bank Garden since Oct. 19, 2006 (three games).
Christopher Breen, TJ Galiardi and Mike Cammalleri (flu) all missed the game for the Flames. Dennis Wideman (hand) also missed the game due to injury.
Calgary will play their fourth of a five game trip away from Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings (5:30 p.m. MT, SNET-W).