Talking Points: Bruins 2, Flames 0

Talking Points: Bruins 2, Flames 0
December 17, 2013, 10:45 pm
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GOLD STAR: A pair of power play goals and a game-high five shots on net in 22:44 for Zdeno Chara, who was rightfully named the No. 1 Star following the victory for Boston. The first PP score was a rifle shot one timer from the right face-off circle, and the second was a rebound of a Jarome Iginla shot he pounced on in front of the net. Games like Tuesday night are proof positive that Boston’s best players, like Chara, are stepping up with so many of their teammates down with injuries at this point in the season. Chara also did a good job making sure the Jiri Hudler/Sean Monahan combo didn’t do anything offensively against the Bruins.

BLACK EYE: Lance Bouma only played 6:06 during the game, but made a big impact on the game. Unfortunately for him it was a negative impact with the Calgary agitator racking up six minutes of penalties for high sticks on Bruins players, and opening the door for both of Boston’s power play goals. Bouma also drilled Nick Johnson with a hit, and had Torey Krug lined up before the B’s defenseman stepped out of the way. Dennis Seidenberg finally put things to a close when he nailed Bouma with a clean, heavy hit at center ice that started up a scrum in front of the benches.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins outshot the Flames by a 15-4 margin after a sleepy first period, and took the lead when Chara scored on the PP one-timer after the refs somehow missed Matt Stajan high-sticking him in the face. That catapulted the Bruins into the lead, and allowed them to take control against a Calgary Flames team that really looks like they need a major make-over.

HONORABLE MENTION: Tuukka Rask made 21 saves to earn his third shutout of the season, and his second shutout in three career games against the Calgary Flames. Rask was probably at his best in the first period when he made nine saves when the Flames came out of the gate with some moxie, but both the B’s goaltender and the rest of his teammates settled into a solid effort against an overmatched Flames club. It was a nice bounce-back for Rask, who had been pulled from the loss to Vancouver after giving up his fourth goal of the game in the third period.

BY THE NUMBERS: 11-0-2 – the B’s record in their last 13 home games at TD Garden, their longest home stretch without a regulation loss since a 14-game streak from Oct. 25, 2008-Jan. 1 2009.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “The first period [Tuukka Rask] gave us a chance when we get out of a period 0-0 when we weren’t quite as good. But then we got going, and we could have had more goals. It felt like a pretty consistent game, which is good because there are hard games to play coming off a road trip.” –Jarome Iginla, satisfied with the B’s effort in the 2-0 win vs. his old Calgary Flames team.