Chara Ices Flames, Bruins Win 2-0
The Bruins power play proved to be the difference maker last night in a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames. Both tallies came from the stick of Zdeno Chara while on the man advantage with assists from Jarome Iginla and David Krejci.
In the first period, Calgary missed their biggest chance of the game; an open net shot from Mikael Backlund who sailed a puck right over the top of the net.
Chara earned first star honors last night by tallying the only goals scored. He went plus two with 5 shots on net. He also had one hit and averaged 22 minutes on the ice.Chara attributed the goals on the power play to hard work and practice.
“It all comes with practice, we have to keep practicing the power play and keep working hard,” said Chara post game. “It’s nice to have the man advantage, but if you don’t out work those four guys it isn’t going to happen”.
The Bruins captain also mentioned that focusing on the basics is key to making the power play more effective when the opportunity arises.
Tuukka Rask also had a great night, saving all of Calgary’s 21 shots to record his third shutout of the campaign.
The start of the game proved a little shaky for Rask and the Bruins, as there were a few chances that could have proved disastrous. They were able to fight through and keep the game scoreless through the first period.
Rask was also able to keep the shutout streak at home against the Flames alive for at least one more contest. The last time the Flames scored a goal against the Bruins in Boston was on October 19, 2006. The last time they scored a goal in Boston, Tuukka Rask was still playing hockey in Finland. Although that seems like a long time, Calgary has only visited Boston three times (including last night) in that span of time.
Rask made some great saves but admitted that some lucky bounces went their way.
“It wasn’t pretty all the time, pucks bouncing kind of all over the place,” said Rask after the shutout. “But we got those goals and the power play stepped up, and Z got those goals we needed”.
Penalties from Lance Bouma proved to be the Achilles heal for Calgary. Chara was able to score both goals while he was in the box.
After a tough start to the season for Jarome Iginla, he has finally started picking up his pace. He notched an assist on both of Chara’s goals and has 8 points in his last 10 games. This is the Iginla that the Bruins were hopping for when they signed him from free agency over the summer.
With the victory, the Bruins are now 23-9-2 and are 11-0-2 in their last 13 games at TD Garden.
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