CALGARY — Early in the afternoon, following the Bruins’ workout here at the Saddledome, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he didn’t want his team to be satisfied with the first two stops on the road trip.
”Four points are good,”‘ said the Black-and-Gold coach, noting his squad’s wins in Edmonton and Vancouver earlier in the week. ”But at the same time, we don’t want to win just two out of three. We want to be greedy.”
Gordon Gekko said much the same in ”Wall Street”, during America’s financial heydays of the ’90s, but the Bruins proved short in the greed department here last night, falling to the Flames, 3-2, after nearly falling asleep in the second period (outshot, 20-9, in the 20 minutes).
The Bruins connected for the first goal of the night in the first period when Patrice Bergeron stripped Miikka Kiprusoff of the puck behind the net and curled a forehander into an empty net upon reaching the left post.
But the Flames matched and raised in the second. Dion Phaneuf ended Tim Thomas’ shutout streak at 145:47 when he rushed to the top of the crease and put a tip to Jarome Iginla’s centering pass off the right wing at 2:29. Tied, 1-1, on the power play.
With 1:23 left int he middle period, Mike Cammalleri was one of the many crowding the slot when Phaneuf fired again on a power play. Cammalleri made the tip and the Bruins trailed, 2-1, for the first time since leaving Boston on their western Canada sojourn.
Boston woke up in the third, and rookie Blake Wheeler closed it to 3-2 at 12:16 when Milan Lucic slipped a crisp backhand pass to the left side for Wheeler to convert with a quick snap.
Greed may be good. But last night, the Flames were better.