The Bruins, led by captain Zdeno Chara and backstopped by Tuukka Rask, bounced back nicely from their last outing on Saturday and beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 on a snowy night outside the Garden.
Chara scored twice on the powerplay and Rask made 21 saves en route to their 23rd win of the season.
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A scoreless first period didn't see much for quality scoring chances for either team, with the Bruins putting 10 shots on goal and Calgary nine.
The second period was much better for the B's, and they finally got on the board courtesy of Zdeno Chara slapshot on the powerplay at 7:38. The Flames were down a man as a result of a double minor to Lance Bouma serving the time for highsticking Kevan Miller.
On the back end of the double minor, the Flames were unsuccessful trying to clear the puck. Jarome Iginla came away with the puck, passed over to David Krejci who faked the shot then found Chara in the circle. Chara one-timed it to beat Reto Berra five-hole.
Chara put home his second goal, again on the powerplay, at 3:19 of the third. Again, it was Krejci and Iginla making the play happen. Krejci walked along the blueline, opening up the space to pass over to Iginla in the far circle. Iginla's shot deflected off a Flames player and into the skates of Chara. The captain showed off his best soccer moves, kicking the puck to his stick and slotting it into the net.
The B's ground out the last 16 minutes of the third, turning aside eight Flames shots before finishing the job to get back on the winning track.
The B's hit the road again for a Thursday night tilt in Buffalo versus the lowly Sabres.
- Calgary hasn't won in Boston since a 5-0 win back on December 18, 2003. Since then, they've lost four straight with an aggregate total of 19-0.
- Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla were the only players on the score sheet tonight.
- Tuukka Rask recorded his third shutout of the year. Rask had five all of last year.
- Zdeno Chara's two goals puts him with nine on the year, tying him with Ottawa's Erik Karlsson for the league lead, and one ahead of teammate Torey Krug.
- The win gives Boston 48 points on the year, putting them five in front of Montreal in the Atlantic.