Talking Points: Bruins 2, Flames 1

Talking Points: Bruins 2, Flames 1
December 11, 2013, 1:45 am
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GOLD STAR: David Krejci stepped up with injuries ravaging the Bruins, and paid the price getting to the front of the net to score the game-tying power play goal in the third period. Krejci finished with 23:34 of ice time, five shots on net, eight total shots generated and 5-of-9 face-offs won. The Czech Republic center really didn’t come alive until the third period just like the rest of the team, but Krejci made the plays when they mattered. Stop me if you’ve seen him do that before. Krejci isn’t the biggest or strongest guy in the world, but he regularly makes his way to the danger area in front of the net looking for goals. Tonight was his first PP goal of the season.

BLACK EYE: Joe Colborne wasn’t horrendous in his 14:36 of ice time, but he made a couple of costly mistakes in the third period with the game on the line. He shot a puck over the glass for a Calgary delay of game penalty that led to David Krejci’s power play goal, and then lost a puck battle with Ryan Spooner along the boards that led directly to Reilly Smith’s game-winning goal. Colborne is now a couple of teams removed from being a first round pick with the Bruins, and Jumbo Joe had a rough night against the team that drafted and developed him.

TURNING POINT: Whether it was the flu-ridden Bruins opting to down a little chicken noodle soup between the second and third period, or the important of the game to Jarome Iginla finally sinking in, they came out like a different team in the third period. They played a heavy game cycling in the offensive zone, sustaining momentum shift after shift and put a ton of pressure on a Calgary team that’s not very good. The Bruins outshot the Flames by a 15-5 margin in the final period, and scored two goals for the win while looking like a completely different game in the final 20 minutes.

HONORABLE MENTION: Tuukka Rask made one mistake in the second period when he missed a Jiri Hudler shot from the left wing with his glove hand, but other than that was perfect against the Flames. He made 26 saves in the win, with many of them fairly high quality chances for skilled offensive guys like Mike Cammalleri and Mark Giordano in the first couple of periods. It was a good bounce-back for Rask, who has looked like he’s been battling fatigue over the last couple of weeks. Rask has now stopped 51 of 52 shots faced in two career wins against the Flames.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 – the No. 3 star that Jarome Iginla was named in Tuesday night’s win in Calgary, followed by a pair of victory laps urged on by Zdeno Chara and all of his Bruins teammates watching from the bench. That was a pretty special moment for Iginla, and clearly for the rest of the Bruins as well.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It was the biggest thing we talked about, was doing it for [Iginla]. He's an absolute legend." –Reilly Smith, talking about his game-winning goal in Calgary to NESN following the 2-1 win.