Final: Boston 9, Calgary 0
Recap: This one was over before it really even began. Boston tallied twice in the first 3:17 with goals from Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic to jump ahead 2-0.
After taking a 3-0 lead before the frame was over, Boston came out in the second and tacked on four more tallies. Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly scored 47 seconds apart, and Nathan Horton added two goals later in the period.
In the third, the clinic continued. Bergeron added his second of the night and Dan Paille tallied on a shorthanded breakaway, pushing the lead to 9-0. Despite a “We want 10!” chant, the Bruins couldn’t hit the double-digit mark. Tuukka Rask also played in this hockey game.
Records: Boston 26-10-1, 53 points; Calgary 18-19-5, 41 points
Key Play of the Game: When the Flames decided it was a good idea to just not show up?
For a more genuine moment, this scribe has to go with Lucic’s goal in the first period. A pass through the slot ricocheted off of Olli Jokinen’s skate and went careening toward the net and past starter Leland Irving. It was, in a word, hysterical to say the least.
Connolly’s Commendations: Applause for everyone in Black and Gold this evening. Oh, details, right.
Five Bruins registered three points in tonight’s dominant victory. Bergeron and Horton each had a two goals and an assist, while Seguin and Krejci both scored and had two helpers. Benoit Pouliot, who was bumped up to the Bergeron line with Marchand out (flu) had three assists.
Rask had the easiest shutout of his NHL career, but we’ll give him a nice golf clap.
Boston’s dominance at the dot continued tonight. The B’s won 37-of-53 faceoffs, clocking in at 70% or greater for the second game in a row.
Connolly’s Critiques: I got nothin’.
Notes: Zdeno Chara picked up the 299th and 300th assists of his NHL career. Marchand missed a game for the first time this season. Calgary wrapped up their eight-game road trip with a 2-5-1 record. Chris Butler was a mind-blowing, minus-7 tonight. How the hell do you pull that off?
Next: The Bruins will return to action on Saturday in a Stanley Cup Finals rematch against the Canucks. The puck drops at 1 o’clock.