For the second and final time, this season, the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames meet Tuesday night as Jaroslav Halak was honored pregame for appearing in 500 NHL games. Par Lindholm also reached his own milestone as the Swedish native appeared in his 100th career NHL game.The The Bruins got off to a slow start as Calgary struck first courtesy of Matthew Tkachuk 12 minutes into the opening period. The Flames would continue to control the rest of the period as they only trailed the Bruins by two shots and lead in hits 11-6.
In the second period, it continued to be more of the same as Tuukka Rask came up with a few big saves to keep it a one-goal game. Halfway through the period, Boston got on the board via a Brad Marchand shorthanded goal. It was Marchands 25th goal and the Bruins sixth shorthanded tally of the season. The Flames however quickly regained control of the game as they scored two unanswered goals to close out the period.
Although the Bruins struggled through the first two periods, their newest addition Nick Ritchie made his presence felt. Ritchie lead all Bruins forwards with four hits in 12 shifts. The Bruins fourth line was also a bright spot, ” yea they were our best line, finding pucks and getting it through the neutral zone” said head coach Bruce Cassidy.
Entering the third period, the Bruins had their work cut out for them. Their struggles continued as they were outscored 2-1, and Tuukka Rask suffered his first regulation loss at TD Garden this season. Chris Wagner was able to make it a one-goal game with an incredible effort but it was not enough. The Bruins were unable to match the Flames level of play as Calgary was in control the majority of the time.
They will, however, have a chance at redemption when Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars visit the Garden on Thursday night. The Bruins will be looking to put Tuesdays lose in the review mirror with the regular season winding down.[Article written by Jamie Gatlin]