Final: Boston Bruins 9, Calgary Flames 0
Anticipating Saturday's matinee versus the Vancouver Canucks, the Bruins pounded the Calgary Flames, 9-0, before a sellout TD Garden crowd of 17,565.
The Bruins erupted for six goals against Leland Irving, who was chased from the game in the second period after giving up back-to-back goals to Nathan Horton, and three more against Mikka Kiprusoff.
Tuukka Rask, meanwhile, turned away all 25 shots he faced, earning his third shutout in his last four games.
Bring on the Canucks.
Bruins 9, Flames 0, 8:43, SHG
After Gregory Campbell was sent off for a tripping minor at 6:57, Daniel Paille made the Flames pay dearly when he tallied an unassisted short-handed goal, walking in on Kiprusoff for the Bruins' ninth goal of the night. Can we just stop it now? Brent Sutter needs to declare ``No mas!'' and throw in the towel. His team is taking a savage pounding and is utterly defenseless against the Bruins, who have now scored 15 goals in their last six periods of hockey. To make matters worse, Bruins fans started chanting, ``We want ten! We want ten!''
Bruins 8, Flames 0, 5:49
The producers of NBC Sports Network's ``NHL 36'' missed the boat on this one. They should've had their cameras rolling on Patrice Bergeron last night. The Bruins' alternate captain tallied his second goal of the night and 11th of the season when he wheeled and dealed from the goalmouth after getting pinched down low by Flames defenseman Chris Butler (minus-6). Tyler Seguin (20) and Benoit Pouliot (6) were credited with assists.
Second intermission: Bruins 7, Flames 0
In the immortal words of Globe colleague Dan Shaughnessy: ``What...a...beating!''
Calgary completely flamed out in the second period after the Bruins erupted for four goals, including a pair of back-to-back tallies by Nathan Horton at 14:31 and 4:15, the first of which chased goaltender Leland Irving from the game.
Patrice Bergeron opened the floodgates with his tally at 1:19 which was followed 47 seconds later by Chip Kelly's chip-in at 2:06. By the end of the second period, the Bruins had eight multi-point scorers with Horton (2 goals, 1 assist) and David Krejci (1 goal, 2 assists) nursing 3-point nights.
Flames defenseman Chris Butler, meanwhile, was smarting from the ugly minus-5 beside his name on the score sheet.
Bruins 7, Flames, 0, 14:31
This game is officially out of control. Nathan Horton, who obviously is looking forward to playing the Canucks (watch out Aaron Rome), tallied his 12th goal of the season and second of the game when he swatted home a rebound of Dennis Seidenberg's blast from the left point. David Krejci was also credited with an assist giving him and Horton three-point nights: Krejci (1 goal, 2 assists); Horton (2 goals, 1 assist).
Bruins 6, Flames, 0, 4:15
What is this? The Orange Bowl? Are the Bruins playing the role of the West Virginia Mountaineers? Seemed to be the case when Nathan Horton swept in and chipped home rebound of Milan Lucic's goalmouth bid, chasing Leland Irving from the game. He was replaced by Mikka Kiprusoff. Zdeno Chara initally put the puck on net to record his 300th career NHL assist. With their sixth goal tonight, the Bruins have now tallied 12 goals in their last five periods of hockey.
Bruins 5, Flames 0, 2:06
Chip Kelly scores on a rebound of Andrew Ference's blast from the left circle. It came 47 seconds after Bergeron made it 4-0. It marked the 13th time this season the Bruins have struck for a pair of goals in less than a minute.
Bruins 4, Flames, 0, 1:19
OK, it's official. We can start looking ahead to Saturday's Stanley Cup Final rematch with the Vancouver Canucks. Patrice Bergeron did the honors when he tallied his 10th goal of the season on a pretty centering pass.from Tyler Seguin.
First intermission: Bruins 3, Flames 0
The Bruins took a commanding three-goal lead into the dressing room after peppering Calgary netminder Leland Irving with 15 shots, including goals by Tyler Seguin (16th, 1:14), Milan Lucic (14th, 3:17) and a power-play tally by David Krejci (9th, 8:49). Tuukka Rask, meanwhile, turned away all 10 shots he faced. The Bruins have now scored nine goals in their last four periods of hockey, including Wednesday night's 6-1 victory at New Jersey.
Bruins 3, Flames 0, 7:40
The Bruins capitalized on their first power-play opportunity of the night when David Krejci (9) tallied on the man-advantage, beating Flames netminder Leland Irving backdoor by potting Rich Peverly's pretty cross-ice feed from the right circle. Zdeno Chara was also credited with an assist, giving him 299 for his NHL career.
Bruins 2, Flames 0, 7:40
Bruins go on the power play for the first time in the game after Calgary's Tom Kostopoulos is sent off for tripping.
Bruins 2, Flames 0, 3:17
In just his second shift on the ice, Milan Lucic was the beneficiary of some puck luck when he bounced a self pass on the boards, attempted to center a pass from the right circle, and had his shot bounce off Olli Jokinen for his 14th goal of the season. Linemates Nathan Horton and David Krejci were credited with assists, extending Krejci's point streak to seven consecutive games.
Bruins 1, Flames 0, 1:14
The Bruins waste little time getting on the board when Tyler Sequin (16) pots an even-strength goal on a nifty back-of-the-net feed from Patrice Bergeron. Benoit Pouliot was also credited with a helper.
Greetings from TD Garden where the Bruins are moments away from taking the ice for tonight's game against the visiting Calgary Flames. The game comes on the heels of Boston's 6-1 victory at New Jersey Wednesday night and represents the fourth of 13 overall back-to-back sets the Bruins will play this season. Tuukka Rask (8-4-1, 1.61 GAA) will be in net for the Bruins and will be opposed by Leland Irving (1-0-2, 2.23 GAA).
Brad Marchand was a late scratch due to flu-like symptoms. Benoit Pouliot will take his place on the Bruins' second line with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Sequin.