BOSTON -- The Bruins were happy to be home at the end of a long road trip to Western Canada, and they showed it on Tuesday night.
Zdeno Chara scored a pair of power play goals – one in the second period, and one in the third – and the Bruins dominated the Calgary Flames by a 2-0 score at TD Garden.
The win improved the Bruins’ record over their last 13 games on home ice to 11-0-2, their longest home stretch without a regulation loss since a 14-game streak from Oct. 25, 2008-Jan. 1 2009.
Chara rifled one a one-timer from the right circle off a smooth cross-ice feed from David Krejci for the first score, and shoved home a loose puck in front of the net after Calgary goalie Reto Berra had made the initial save on Jarome Iginla.
Calgary Flames agitator Lance Bouma was sitting in the penalty box for high-sticking on both of Boston’s power play goals, and was swinging his stick around like he was Babe Ruth on more than one occasion.
The rest was up to Tuukka Rask, who made 21 saves in the shutout victory and earned his third shutout of the season, and second career blanking vs. the Flames in three games against them.
One negative in the game was a second period hit from behind by Brad Marchand on Sean Monahan that was called for a boarding minor on the ice, and could catch the attention of the NHL Department of Player Safety given the agitator’s past history with borderline hits.