December 18, 2013

Chara powers Bruins past lifeless Calgary

Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara scores two power-play goals.

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BOSTON — Zdeno Chara scored two power-play goals and Jarome Iginla had a pair of assists against his former team to help the Boston Bruins beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Tuesday night.

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Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, left, celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames with teammate David Krejci in Boston Tuesday.

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Boston Bruins center David Krejci collides with Calgary Flames right wing David Jones along the boards in Boston Tuesday night.

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David Krejci also had two assists and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the Bruins in their third straight shutout of the Flames in Boston. Rask picked up his third shutout of the season and extended Calgary’s scoreless streak in Boston to 189 minutes, 36 seconds.

Reto Berra kept Calgary close, stopping 29 shots as the Bruins controlled play most of the game.

Boston outshot the Flames 31-21 one week after rallying for a 2-1 win in Iginla’s return to Calgary, where he played 16 seasons and spent nine as the team’s captain.

Iginla didn’t get a point in his first game as a visitor against the Flames, but was a big part of the Boston power play Tuesday.

Krejci and Iginla set up Chara’s slap shot from the point that beat Berra and put the Bruins ahead 7:38 into the second period. Lance Bouma was serving a double-minor for high-sticking, then was called for another high stick in the third shortly before Boston made it 2-0 on another goal by Chara.

Krejci started the play again with a pass to Iginla, whose shot from the left circle wound up between Chara’s skates for an easy poke into the net with 16:41 left.

Iginla was traded to Pittsburgh last March, then signed with Boston as a free agent in the offseason.

NOTES: Boston forward Craig Cunningham made his NHL debut. ... Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, who is appealing a 15-game suspension for punching and injuring Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik, did not play. ... The Flames have not scored in Boston since Oct. 19, 2006, when Alex Tanguay scored with 9:36 left in the third period.

 

WILD 3, CANUCKS 2: Jason Pominville slipped a shot past Roberto Luongo’s glove in the third round of a shootout to lift the Wild to a win, ending the Canucks’ winning streak at seven games.

Luongo made 30 saves, including 14 in the third period and overtime, and stopped Zach Parise to open the shootout. Mikko Koivu, who had two assists for a team-high 20 this season, hit the crossbar with his shot before Pominville scored. Ryan Kesler’s last-chance attempt for the Canucks sailed wide right.

Josh Harding stopped shots by Mike Santorelli and Chris Higgins in the shootout and made 29 saves to win for the fifth time in his last six starts. The Wild improved to 14-3-2 at Xcel Energy Center, where Luongo fell to 3-9-3 in his career.

Jannik Hansen and David Booth each scored for the second straight game for the Canucks, who won their first seven games this month by a 24-8 combined margin.

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