The Calgary Flames stole the show at the TD Garden to defeat the Boston Bruins 5 - 2 Tuesday night, Sean Monahan scored two goals in the second and Mikael Backlund scored two of his own in the third, the Flames having full control of this game. Despite the Bruins trying to come back, they simply couldn't as David Rittich made twenty six saves and the defense blocked sixteen shots. The Bruins were simply caught napping and if they continue these lack luster games, the Tampa Bay Lighting will pass the Bruins in the standings before you know it. This win leads to the Flames leapfrogging the Arizona Coyotes for fourth place in a very tight Pacific Division.
Two Bruins were honored during the pregame, Jaroslav Halak on playing his 500th career NHL game and Par Lindholm playing his 100th career NHL game, unfortunately for Halak, Tuukka Rask got the start. This game would start off physical with plenty of hits, blocked shots and icings would be the games specialty for the majority of the opening frame. The Flames would strike first as Noah Hanifin found Backlund who shot it off the boards only for Matthew Tkachuk to get the rebound and beat Rask blocker side. The start of the second was practically the same thing until Karson Kuhlman was called for slashing. The Flames struggled on the power play and the Bruins took advantage as Charlie McAvoy hit Brad Marchand for the shorthanded breakaway goal, the Garden erupted! One all. The tie wouldn’t last long as Michael Stone found Johnny “Hockey” Gaudreau who delivered the pass in front to Monahan who buried it. In a blink of an eye, Matt Grzelcyk was called for roughing and Monahan scored his second of the game on the power play making it 3 - 1 Flames, Tkachuk and newly acquired Erik Gustafsson tallied with the assists. With the Bruins still playing sluggish at the start of the third, Boston fans could only hope the clock would strike 0:00 sooner than later. The Flames and Rittich got a jump scare as Chris Wagner scored with under 7:00 left, Sean Kuraly and Lindholm were credited with the assist but don’t get to excited, Backlund scored twice in the final 1:30, one beating Rask five hole and the other was an empty netter assisted by Tkachuk who got his third point of the game. The Flames won their third game in the last four and the Bruins have now lost their last two, both to Pacfic Division opponents.
Bruins head coach, Bruce Cassidy was ripped with his players’ performance throughout the game, some suited up to play and others barely broke a sweat. Perhaps certain players did not like the Nick Ritchie for Danton Heinen trade made this past Monday? The Bruins will have to think hard and play harder together to overcome a mini slump. The Flames traded for defenseman, Derek Forbort and Erik Gustafsson, both played well in their debuts with the team. Gustafsson tallied an assist and Forbort played strong on defense with two hits and zero giveaways. However, unlike the Bruins who have the best record in the NHL, it will be a bit harder for the Flames as they are in a five-team race for the Pacific Division Championship, if these trades work for Calgary and their top two lines continue playing as advertised with goalies, Rittich and Cam Talbot playing rock solid, the Flames should be part of the sixteen team gauntlet.