It was only seven days ago these two teams met, with the B’s taking a late game win (2-1). We learned one thing about this opponent, the Flames work hard on most nights but lack a lot of skill. Their offense comes predominately from their Center icemen.
The Bruins, as most people know by now, are missing several starters due to injury and one from suspension. One could say we’re watching the Providence Bruins more than Boston.
In net: Rask and Reto Berra.
It was fitting that it was Terry O’Reilly night at the Garden as both teams came out with reckless abandon, something “Taz” was known for. There was a good amount of physical play, as well as scoring opportunities but nothing got through the Goalies.
After 1 period; 0-0 Shots: 10-9 Boston
The second period started off slowly for both teams. The Bruins had the greater of opportunities but shot themselves in the foot with repeated off-sides calls.
The first goal of the game came from a Zdeno Chara (8) Slap shot, while the B’s were on a 4 minute Power Play. Calgary Center Lance Bouma was off for High Sticking.
Calgary looked very lethargic in this period but had a little late life when Marchand went off for Boarding, putting the Flames on the Power Play.
After 2 periods; 1-0 Boston Shots: 15-4 B’s
*Observation; A clear cut high-sticking penalty was missed by the officials. In my honest opinion the two referee system does not work and clogs up the ice more than it is worth. With scoring down year after year and the league trying to rectify this, why not go back to one referee?
The third period started off like the second. The B’s got another Power Play when once again Lance Bouma got his stick up and into a Bruins face. Like the first Power Play, Zdeno Chara (9) scored again, this time via a wrist shot in front. Both Power Play goals were assisted by Krejci and Iginla.
With the Bruins up by two goals Calgary decided to pull their goalie (with over two minutes remaining) but was unable to make anything of it.
I have to say, this was one of the most boring games on the year, with little to get excited about.
2-0 Boston wins Shots: 31-21 B’s
Next up for the Bruins is a Thursday night game against the Buffalo Sabres. Go B’s!