January 5, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Flames

By Jesse Connolly

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
CGY – 0
BOS – 7

SHOTS
CGY – 19
BOS – 34

The rout is on here in Boston, as the Bruins will take a 7-0 lead into the third period over Calgary.

Within the first 2:06, Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly had elevated the lead to five with tallies 47 seconds apart.

When Nathan Horton scored halfway through the frame, Irving was given the gate in favor of Miikka Kiprusoff.

Kiprusoff also gave up a goal to Horton, this time with 5:29 left in the period. His second of the frame made it 7-0.

Boston has now scored 13 unanswered goals. In their last two home games, they’ve outsocred the opposition 15-0.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
CGY – 0
BOS – 2

SHOTS
CGY – 10
BOS – 15

Twenty minutes are in the books at TD Garden where the Bruins lead the Flames by a score of 2-0.

Boston got on the board just 1:14 in. Tyler Seguin got to starter Leland Irving’s doorstep, Patrice Bergeron fed him from behind the net and No. 19 buried it to make it 1-0.

Jut 2:03 later, the Black and Gold doubled their advantage. Milan Lucic gathered the puck just inside the Flames’ blueline and tried to sent a pass across. His hard dish ricocheted off Olli Jokinen high in Calgary’s zone yet somehow careened toward the net and past Irving, putting Boston ahead 2-0.

After Tom Kostopoulos was whistled for tripping Zach Hamill midway through the frame, Boston went on the power play. David Krejci buried a beautiful pas through a sea of defenders from Rich Peverley, making it 3-0 Bruins.

The rest of the frame proved to be wildly uneventful, but the Bruins continued to dominate on faceoffs in this one. They won 15-of-17 in the opening period.

Here are tonight’s pregame notes (courtesy of the Boston Bruins):

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (8-4-1, 1.61 GAA, .945 Save %) vs. Irving
(1-0-2, 2.23 GAA, .942 Save %). Rask has never faced Calgary in his
career and Irving has never faced the Bruins. Rask currently leads the
NHL in Goals Against Average and Save Percentage.

104 AND COUNTING: Entering tonight’s game, the Bruins have sold out
their last 104 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and
playoffs.

GOAL DIFFRENTIAL: The Bruins have a +60 goal differential entering
tonight’s game and lead the league in that category. The team with the
second best is Detroit, with a +40 difference. The Bruins have outscored
opponents by a 20 goal margin in the second period and by a 32 goal
margin in the third.

BALANCED ATTACK: The Bruins lead the league in goals per game,
averaging 3.58 per contest. However, they do not have one player ranked
in the top 30 in the NHL in points. Tyler Seguin – who leads the Bruins
with 33 points – currently ranks tied for 33rd in the league in that
category.

STREAKING: David Krejci is riding a six-game point streak with 3-5=8
totals, and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has a four-game streak of his
own with 2-4=6 totals.

IGINLA AT 499: Flames sniper Jerome Iginla is one goal shy of 500 for
his career. He has 6-8=14 totals in 17 career games against the Bruins.
He is looking to become the 42nd player in NHL history to reach the
milestone, and he would be the fourth to do so against Boston (Mike
Bossy, Jari Kurri, Ron Francis).

OLD FLAME: B’s defenseman Andrew Ference played in 224 games for
Calgary before being traded to Boston on Feb. 10, 2007 with Chuck
Kobasew in exchange for Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau and a fourth round
pick in the 2008 Entry Draft (T.J. Brodie).