Bruins Live Blog: B’s Open Homestand with Dominating 9-0 Win Over Flames at Garden


Bruins Live Blog: B's Open Homestand with Dominating 9-0 Win Over Flames at GardenFinal, Bruins 9-0: That's a wrap for this one. The Bruins don't reach double figures, but will gladly take a dominating 9-0 win over the Flames to open this homestand.

Twelve different Bruins ended up with points, with eight players enjoying multiple-point nights.

The Bruins can now turn their attention to Saturday's Stanley Cup Final rematch when the Canucks come to town for a matinee matchup at the Garden.

Third Period, 19:00, Bruins 9-0: The Bruins will need to score No. 10 shorthanded as Bergeron is sent off for tripping with a minute left.

Third Period, 17:45, Bruins 9-0: Running out of time to reach double figures, but not a bad night when that's all the Bruins fans have to complain about.

Third Period, 13:40, Bruins 9-0: The Garden faithful chanting "We Want 10" and Milan Lucic nearly gets it as he tips one just wide.

Third Period, 8:43, Bruins 9-0: The Bruins add another one as Daniel Paille scores shorthanded on a breakaway late in Campbell's penalty.

Third Period, 6:57, Bruins 8-0: The Bruins will be shorthanded for the first time in this one as Gregory Campbell is sent to the box for tripping.

Third Period, 5:49, Bruins 8-0: And just as I note the lack of scoring chances, Patrice Bergeron strikes for another goal.

It's another pretty one as Bergeron does a spin move in close at the left post to bang the puck home. Seguin and Pouliot pick up the assists.

Third Period, 4:50, Bruins 7-0: Slow start to the third as would be expected with such a score. Both teams going through the motions a bit with not much in the way of scoring chances.

Third Period, 0:00, Bruins 7-0: The final frame is under way here at the Garden, where the Bruins will look to put the finishing touches on this one.

Second Intermission Notes: The Bruins don't have much to complain about in this one, as they added four more in the second for a commanding 7-0 lead.

Eleven different Bruins have points, with eight enjoying multiple-point nights with 20 minutes still to play. With Brad Marchand out, the Bruins needed the Krejci line to step up. They've responded in a big way with David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic a combined 4-4-8 and a plus-9.

Joe Corvo doesn't have a point, but is a game-high plus-4 so far. Calgary defenseman Chris Butler not as fortunate, as he's already a minus-5 on the night.

The Bruins maintained their control in the faceoff circle. They're now 29-12 (71 percent) on draws, with Patrice Bergeron 10-2 and Krejci 8-2.

End Second Period, Bruins 7-0: Two periods are now in the books and the Bruins were even more dominant in the second, extending the lead to 7-0 with 20 minutes left to play in this one.

Second Period, 19:29, Bruins 7-0: First rough shift of the night for the Bruins, as Seguin is denied on a breakaway, then Bergeron gets crunched along boards on a big hit by Raitis Ivanans.

Second Period, 14:31, Bruins 7-0: The Bruins get another as Nathan Horton scores from in front.

That was a painful one for Horton, who got hit with the point shot by Dennis Seidenberg, then collected the loose puck and fired it home.

Second Period, 12:06, Bruins 6-0: The Bruins can't convert that power-play chance, and are forced to settle with continuing to lead by just six goals.

Second Period, 10:06, Bruins 6-0: The Bruins haven't scored in nearly six minutes, but don't worry, they're now going on another power play with Olli Jokinen heading to the box for tripping.

Second Period, 4:15, Bruins 6-0: The Bruins strike again and have six goals for the second straight night.

Nathan Horton gets this one on a rebound in front with Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara picking up the assists. That ends the night for leland Irving, who is replaced in the Calgary net by Miikka Kiprusoff.

Second Period, 2:06, Bruins 5-0: The Bruins add yet another less than a minute after teh last goal as Chris Kelly joins the scoring parade.

Kelly banged home a rebound from the left slot after Andrew Ference's initial shot was stopped. Rich Peverley gets the other assist.

Second Period, 1:19, Bruins 4-0: The Bruins add another off yet another highlight-reel play by Tyler Seguin

Seguin takes the puck down the left side, curls back when he runs into traffic, then finds the trailer Patrice Bergeron cutting down the middle and feeds Bergeron for the goal.

Second Period, 0:00, Bruins 3-0: The middle frame is under way here at the Garden with the Bruins looking to build upon their strong showing in the opening period. Boston is 21-0-0 this year when they've score three or more goals.

First Intermission Notes: The Bruins are off to another dominating performance as they have jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period.

As usual, it's a balanced attack doing the damage, with eight different Bruins already collecting points. David Krejci is the only Bruin with more than one as he has a goal and an assist so far.

Benoit Pouliot needed just one shift with new linemates Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin to get his first point as he assisted on Boston's first goal, a Seguin tally. Seguin nearly returned the favor later, but Pouliot was robbed in front after a nifty Seguin pass. Pouliot has three shots and has looked good filling in for the flu-stricken Brad Marchand.

The Bruins continue to dominate the draws, going 15-2 (88 percent) on faceoffs in the first period. Krejci and Gregory Campbell are each 4-0, while Bergeron is 6-1. Looks like Boston will remain the NHL's top faceoff team for a while longer.

End First Period, Bruins 3-0: The opening frame comes to a close with the Bruins holding a commanding 3-0 lead. That's nine straight goals for the Bruins since giving up the first score Wednesday in New Jersey.

First Period, 18:34, Bruins 3-0: Things have settled down late in the opening period here, though the Bruins are still generating the better of the chances.

First Period, 13:29, Bruins 3-0: The Bruins nearly strike again as Benoit Pouliot is robbed from the slot off a nice pass from Seguin on the right wing. No letup from the Bruins so far in this one.

First Period, 11:10, Bruins 3-0: Now the fourth line tries to get into the act for the Bruins as Shawn Thornton ties up a pair of shots in a strong shift that keeps Calgary hemmed in its zone again.

First Period, 8:49, Bruins 3-0: The Bruins convert that chance with David Krejci making it 3-0.

Krejci one-timed a shot into a wide-open net from the left circle off a great crossing feed by Rich Peverley. Zdeno Chara picks up the second assist.

First Period, 7:40, Bruins 2-0: The Bruins continue to pressure the Flames, and that helps produce the first power play of the night as Calgary's Tom Kostopoulos goes to the box for tripping.

First Period, 3:17, Bruins 2-0: The Bruins score another quick one, this time with a little help from the Flames.

Milan Lucic gets credit for the goal as his centering pass from the top of the right circle hits Olli Jokinen and bounces into the net. The Flames use their timeout to try to settle things down.

First Period, 1:14, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins waste no time jumping out to the led in this one as Tyler Seguin gets the quick goal.

Patrice Bergeron goes behind the net, comes out the left side and feeds Seguin at the top of the crease for the goal. Benoit Pouliot gets the secondary assist on his first shift in Marchand's spot on that line.

First Period, 0:00, 0-0: And we're under way here at the Garden, where the Bruins open a four-game homestand against the Flames with Tuukka Rask in net and Brad Marchand out of the lineup with flu-like symptoms. 

6:55 p.m.: The Bruins will open with David Krejci between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton up front, Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk on defense and Tuukka Rask in goal.

Calgary counters with its top line of Curtis Glencross, Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla up front, TJ Bodie and Cory Sarich on the blue line and Leland Irving in net.

6:52 p.m.: The Bruins have officially scratched Brad Marchand (flu) and Steven Kampfer.

Rene Bourque (suspension), Brett Carsen and Clay Wilson out for the Flames.

6:48 p.m.: The Bruins have announced that Brad Marchand will not play in this game due to flu-like symptoms.

6:45 p.m.: Brad Marchand was not on the ice for the Bruins in warm-ups. No word yet on what the issue might be there. Benoit Pouliot took his spot with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin in the line drills, with Zach Hamill skating with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

The full lines from warm-ups:





Defense pairs:




6:30 p.m.: It is officially Tuukka Time again. Rask leads the Bruins out for warm-ups and will indeed get the start in this one.

Leland Irving leads the Flames onto the ice and will start for Calgary.

6 p.m.: After three straight games on the road, the Bruins are back at the Garden, where they will open a four-game homestand against the Flames in about an hour.

Having played last night, the Bruins got a little time off and did not take the ice for a morning skate.

Tuukka Rask is expected to get the start in goal after Tim Thomas stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced Wednesday in Boston's 6-1 win in New Jersey. Thomas still made news on Thursday, as it was announced he was voted in as a starter for the All-Star Game in Ottawa later this month.

8 a.m. ET: The Bruins bounced back from Saturday's loss in Dallas with a dominating effort in New Jersey, beating the Devils 6-1 on Wednesday.

They won't get much time to enjoy that victory though, as they get right back at it on Thursday when they return to the TD Garden to begin a four-game homestand against Calgary.

The Flames are playing the finale of a seven-game road trip which has not been kind to them. After winning the first two games, Calgary has gone 0-3-1 in the last four.

Calgary will have to play without forward Rene Bourque, who will be serving the first game of a five-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Washington's Nicklas Backstrom on Tuesday. That further depletes a Flames lineup already without forwards Alex Tanguay (undisclosed), David Moss (foot) and Matt Stajan (ankle), defensemen Mark Giordano (hamstring), Derek Smith (ankle) and Brett Carson (upper body) and goalie Henrik Karlsson (knee).

To help fill the void on the roster, the Flames recalled enforcer Raitis Ivanans, who cleared re-entry waivers and could play his first NHL game since suffering a concussion in a brutal KO by Steve MacIntyre in last year's season opener.

Calgary could also see some history made, as captain Jarome Iginla enters the contest sitting at 499 career goals. Thursday's contest will be his second crack at reaching the 500-goal milestone after he notched No. 499 on Saturday.

Even with Calgary's mediocre 18-18-5 record and 12th-place standing in the Western Conference, the Bruins will have to take care not to get caught looking past the Flames to Saturday's highly-anticipated Stanley Cup Final rematch with Vancouver.

The puck drops at 7 p.m., so check back here for updates on all the action.

TMZ logo

© 2017 NESN