CALGARY — Tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome, the Bruins kicked off their three-game Western Canada swing with a 3-1 win against the Flames.
Milan Lucic scored the only goal of the first two periods. Just 59 seconds into the night, the Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead. Adam McQuaid, paired with Zdeno Chara to start the game, initiated the scoring sequence with a sharp pass over the offensive blue line to David Krejci. As Krejci stickhandled down the right wing, Milan Lucic got his legs pumping and roared toward the net. Krejci faked a shot, which opened up Miikka Kiprusoff. With the Calgary goalie biting on Krejci’s fake, the center slid a cross-crease dish to Lucic. The left wing had little trouble tapping in Krejci’s feed at 0:59 for the game’s opening goal.
At 5:55 of the third period, Brad Marchand doubled his team’s lead. After Andrew Ference winged a shot on goal that was blocked in front, the puck caromed to Marchand near the right circle. With Kiprusoff out of position, Marchand swept in the rebound for his 19th goal of the season.
Calgary got back into it in the third period after a late slashing call on Patrice Bergeron. Jarome Iginla slid a backhand pass across the crease to Curtis Glencross, who beat Tim Thomas at 17:27 to cut Boston’s lead to one goal.
But Lucic scored an empty-net goal at 19:13 to seal the win.
Thomas, given a rare two-game breather (Tuukka Rask made back-to-back starts against the Islanders and Senators last Thursday and Friday), looked sharp through 60 minutes. Thomas stopped all of Calgary’s 22 shots. Thomas stood tall and square to Calgary’s shooters. When necessary, Thomas pulled out the acrobatics to turn back Calgary’s in-close chances.
“My legs definitely felt fresher than they had in a little while,” Thomas said. “I think that decision paid off for both of us.”
19:13 3d period: Bruins 3-1
ENG by Milan Lucic. Good work by Mark Recchi and David Krejci to clear the zone.
17:27 3d period: Bruins 2-1
Curtis Glencross bangs the puck in. Terrific cross-crease feed by Jarome Iginla.
16:56 3d period: Bruins 2-0
Slashing on Patrice Bergeron. Late life for Calgary.
15:48 3d period: Bruins 2-0
Tim Thomas lunges to get a glove on Olli Jokinen’s shot.
12:20 3d period: Bruins 2-0
Calgary deflection off a post. Tim Thomas flailing like mad.
8:18 3d period: Bruins 2-0
Big stop by Tim Thomas on Curtis Glencross’s close-range shot.
5:55 3d period: Bruins 2-0
Brad Marchand sweeps home the rebound of an Andrew Ference shot.
20:00 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Bruins will have 1:35 of power-play time remaining on Curtis Glencross’s four-minute high-sticking penalty in the third. Tomas Kaberle on the ice for all of the PP time.
17:34 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Michael Ryder getting some facial repairs on the bench.
13:38 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Good recovery by Adam McQuaid to bail out Andrew Ference. Jarome Iginla could have had a partial break.
7:49 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Johnny Boychuk clobbers Brendan Morrison in the defensive zone. Looked like a clean hit.
4:23 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Alex Tanguay slips behind Zdeno Chara for a partial breakaway. Chara back in time to get a piece of Tanguay.
3:03 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Gregory Campbell takes a hard lick against the wall. Comes back limping.
0:14 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Tim Thomas looking a little unsure about catching a floater. Looked like Manny Ramirez.
20:00 1st period: Bruins 1-0
High pace to the first 20 minutes. Tim Thomas stops all 14 shots. Looking much sharper tonight.
12:29 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Flames doing good work down low and in front of Tim Thomas. Lots of traffic for Thomas to fight.
2:56 1st period: Bruins 1-0
With Daniel Paille out, Chris Kelly on the PK with Gregory Campbell.
0:59 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Milan Lucic drives hard to the net and taps in a David Krejci feed. Fake shot by Krejci to open up Miikka Kiprusoff. Good job by Adam McQuaid to get the puck up to Krejci.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Part of the pregame introductions include flames shooting from torches on the scoreboard. Would be very nice if they keep those things going all night, considering the temps.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Daniel Paille and Steven Kampfer are the healthy scratches.