Bruins-Flames Live: Zdeno Chara’s Two Power-Play Goals Pace B’s in 2-0 Win Over Calgary

Patrice Bergeron

Final, Bruins 2-0: That’s it and that’s all.

The Bruins tried to get Zdeno Chara the hat trick, but they couldn’t. He probably doesn’t mind, as the Bruins were still able to get the 2-0 win over the lowly Flames.

Third period, 18:00, Bruins 2-0: Calgary has pulled the goalie.

Third period, 17:00, Bruins 2-0: Jarome Iginla just had a scoring chance in the Calgary slot, but he fired just wide.

Third period, 14:06, Bruins 2-0:  If you’ve missed any of the third period after the Zdeno Chara goal, well, you haven’t missed much.

The Bruins continue to just impose their will on the Flames by not giving Calgary too much in any end, especially the offensive zone. After putting nine shots on goal in the first period, the Flames have just 11 shots in the last 34:06. So there’s that.

Tuukka Rask has certainly bounced back nicely despite rarely getting tested. When he has, though, he’s made the saves, and that’s all you can ask for, right?

Third period, 10:00, Bruins 2-0: The Bruins’ de facto fourth line continues to play pretty well, and Craig Cunningham isn’t necessarily showing any nerves in his NHL debut.

He has four shots on goal, second among Bruins in this one to just Zdeno Chara who surprisingly has five shots on goal.

Third period, 6:30, Bruins 2-0: The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty, but they almost gave up a goal in the seconds after the Patrice Bergeron tripping penalty ended.

Paul Byron got a centering pass in the slot and tried to beat Tuukka Rask glove side. The Boston goalie didn’t cleanly glove it, but he did get a piece of it, just enough to get the puck to deflect over the cage and keep the shutout intact.

Third period, 4:24, Bruins 2-0: Patrice Bergeron is the latest player to visit the penalty box.

He was just called for tripping, and the Bruins’ penalty kill is going to have to do its work without one of its best.

Third period, 3:19, Bruins 2-0: Zdeno Chara is certainly reaping the benefits of being put in front on the power play.

The Boston captain just scored his second power-play goal of the game in the opening minutes of the third period. David Krejci passed it to Jarome Iginla who put the shot on net. The original save was made, but Chara was there to clean up the trash in front and the Bruins have the 2-0 lead.

Third period, 2:25, Bruins 1-0: Lance Bouma is going back to the penalty box, and once again it’s for hitting Kevan Miller in the face with his hockey stick.

Bouma’s penalty is just a minor this time around, as the Bruins will try to build on their one-goal lead on the power play.

Third period, 0:01, Bruins 1-0: The third period is underway with the Bruins looking to grab an insurance goal and get a little more comfortable.

End second period, Bruins 1-0: The end of a very dominant second period for the Bruins just came to an end. Despite the dominance, however, the Bruins were only able to get one goal and will lead 1-0 after 40 minutes.

The Bruins hold a 25-13 advantage in shots on goal after outshooting Calgary 15-4 in the second period.

Second period, 18:00, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty to Brad Marchand, and he now owes them all one.

Second period, 15:28, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins are going to have to kill off another penalty after a questionable decision from Brad Marchand.

The Bruins winger just planted Sean Monahan from behind into the boards, and that’s pretty much as textbook as boarding gets.

Second period, 14:00, Bruins 1-0: This period continues to be all Bruins, as they have apparently found their legs after a sluggish start.

Boston has outshot Calgary 14-3 here in the second, and it’s tough to remember even the three shots the Flames have taken.

Second period, 10:55, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins’ fourth line just came through with a scoring chance midway through the second period.

They just forced an offensive zone faceoff with some good pressure on Reto Berra out of the TV timeout.

Craig Cunningham has played pretty nicely in about 5:00 in his NHL debut.

period, 7:38, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins are the first to get on the board.

Zdeno Chara and the B’s took full advantage of that four-minute power play, as he just blasted a one-timer by Reto Berra to give Boston the one-goal lead.

Milan Lucic made a nice play to keep the puck in the zone before passing it to Daivd Krejci. From there, Krejci passed it across the slot to Chara who blasted a one-timer from the right wing that went five-hole for the go-ahead goal.

Second period, 5:13, 0-0: The Bruins are going to get their first power play of the game, and it’s going to be a four-minute power play.

Lance Bouma just caught Kevan Miller flush with a high sticking, and Bouma is going to the penalty box for four.

Second period, 4:13, 0-0: The Bruins have killed off the Jordan Caron penalty, and we are back to even strength.

Second period, 1:59, 0-0: The Flames are going to get the game’s first power play.

Jordan Caron was just called for tripping, and the Flames go on the man-advantage.

Second period, 1:49, 0-0: The Bruins just had their best chance of the young period.

Johnny Boychuk just rang the crossbar from the point, and Brad Marchand was there to try and put home the rebound. Marchand couldn’t jam home the backhand attempt and it’s scoreless still.

Second period, 0:01, 0-0: The second period is underway.

End first period, 0-0: The first period just came to an end, and we still have no score.

Despite being outplayed for a good portion of period, the Bruins are still outshooting Calgary 10-9.

First period, 15:32, 0-0: The Flames are starting to generate some chances in the Boston end, but they’ve been stifled by Tuukka Rask who looks much sharper than he did Saturday in Vancouver.

Rask just made a couple of big saves both on Joe Colborne. The first came from the right-slot, in which Rask kicked it away. He ended up kicking it right back to Colborne who put the second-chance back on net, but Rask stopped that one as well.

First period, 13:27, 0-0: There still hasn’t been much of anything being generated offensively for the Bruins.

The B’s have just five shots on goal through the first 13 minutes or so and are looking for their first real good scoring chance. They looked to have one before the last whistle, but Brad Marchand was a step over the blue line into the Calgary zone and it was called offside.

The first game after a road trip can sometimes be a tough one, and that’s been the case so far for the B’s.

9:17, First Period, 0-0: This has been an exciting end-to-end game with great pace and plenty of scoring chances. The Bruins have the edge on attacking zone time, but have only registered three shots on goal.

Tuukka Rask has already made a couple strong saves to keep the game scoreless.

Flames forward Brian McGrattan had a wide open net but his shot missed the cage and hit the end boards. It was the best chance for the Flames so far.

7:00, First Period, 0-0: Quick update on Matt Fraser. He is not a healthy scratch tonight, but that’s all the information the Bruins have provided. Stay tuned for an update when it’s available.

3:30, First Period, 0-0: Matt Stajan took a centering pass 10 feet from Tuukka Rask and fired a one-timer at the Bruins goalie, but he made a good pad save. It was the Flames’ first quality attempt on goal after having to defend the Bruins in their own zone for the first two minutes. Boston already has a 3-0 advantage in the faceoff circle.

7:11 p.m.: The game is underway!

7:10 p.m.: Terry O’Reilly is being honored before tonight’s game. He took part in a ceremonial puck drop between the two captains.

7:05 p.m.: Craig Cunningham is officially in the lineup tonight and will make his NHL debut. Matt Fraser is a healthy scratch.

6:45 p.m.: The Flames will be without one of their top-six forwards tonight with Mike Cammalleri unable to play because of an illness. The 31-year-old didn’t take part in warmups.

One player for Calgary who will need to step up in Cammalleri’s absence is rookie phenom Sean Monahan. The sixth overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft is among the Calder Trophy favorites with a team-leading 10 goals.

For the Bruins, defenseman Adam McQuaid isn’t ready to return from injury and won’t play tonight. Recent call up Craig Cunningham took line rushes on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Jordan Caron.

Tuukka Rask will start in net for Boston, and Reto Berra will start in goal for Calgary.

Here are the projected lines for the Bruins and Flames. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

Bruins

Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeorn — Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg — Ryan Spooner — Matt Fraser
Jordan Caron — Gregory Campbell — Nick Johnson

Zdeno Chara — Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg — Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski — Kevan Miller

Flames 

T.J. Galiardi — Matt Stajan — David Jones
Curtis Glenncross — Sean Monahan — Jiri Hudler
Paul Byron — Mikael Backlund — Blair Jones
Lance Bouma — Joe Colborne — Brian McGrattan

Ladislav Smid — Mark Giordano
Chris Butler — Shane O’Brien
Kris Russell — T.J. Brodie

1 p.m.: There was question as to whether Jarome Iginla would be in the lineup, but we got a pretty definitive answer at and after morning skate.

Iginla was on the ice for a quick morning skate for the Bruins, and the winger will be in the lineup against his former team in just about six hours. The future Hall of Famer declared himself good to go when meeting with the media after the morning skate, so that’s obviously a welcomed sight for a Bruins team that can ill afford more injuries.

We’ll also have the same goalie matchup we saw a week ago in Calgary. For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice while Reto Berra was the first off for the Flames, so that should be the goaltending matchup.

Adam McQuaid was on the ice for the Bruins at morning skate and he’s now practicing with the team, but he’s still not ready to return. Head coach Claude Julien said Monday that the B’s aren’t going to rush McQuaid back into the lineup this time around, as he continues to deal with a groin injury. Luckily for Boston, Kevan Miller has been really good since being called up, which certainly makes it much easier to not rush McQuaid back.

8 a.m.: The last time the Bruins played at TD Garden, they had just finished off a thrilling win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game that was probably overshadowed just a bit by all of the ugliness that happened in the first period.

That was just about a week and a half ago, but it seems like it’s been a lifetime. Boston has finished its four-game road trip, and the B’s are back home Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames. The two teams are meeting just a week after the Bruins came from behind for a 2-1 win in Jarome Iginla’s triumphant return to the city he started his Hall of Fame career in.

When the Bruins take home ice Tuesday night in Boston, they may be doing so without Iginla, though. The first-line winger appeared to suffer a pretty nasty-looking finger injury during a fight with Ryan Kesler in the Bruins’ loss to the Canucks on Saturday night. Iginla didn’t practice Monday and was instead having the finger evaluated further by Bruins team doctors. If Iginla isn’t able to play, the Bruins might have to turn to Craig Cunningham. The 23-year-old was recalled by the big club Monday and practiced with the B’s.

In other injury news, Boston will be without Daniel Paille for the foreseeable future, which obviously includes Tuesday night. He’s out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms, and there’s no timetable for his return.

The banged-up B’s do have the benefit of a weak upcoming schedule. The Bruins will play their next nine games against teams that would all miss the playoffs if the postseason began Tuesday. That starts Tuesday with a Calgary team is playing better as of late but still sits among the Western Conference’s worst teams. The Flames gave the Bruins a game last week in Calgary, but the B’s used two third-period goals to come from behind and steal a 2-1 win. That led Brian Burke to fire general manager Jay Feaster a day later.

Puck drop from the Garden is set for 7 p.m.

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