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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 02:56

Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins shutout Calgary Flames at TD Garden

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Boston, MA – After laying a complete dud in their Canadian road trip finale in Vancouver Saturday night, the Bruins were able to display a solid bounce back performance as they welcomed the Calgary Flames into the Garden. The black and gold were powered by two goals from captain Zdeno Chara and a 21-save shutout effort from Tuukka Rask on their way to a 2-0 win over the Flames, completing the sweep of the home and home series with their Western Conference foe.

It was an important game for a number of reasons in Boston. The B’s were hoping to put their lackluster performance in Vancouver behind them fast as they returned home to snowy Boston. Rask also needed a bounce back game after being chased from the net by the Canucks Saturday night. Both came to fruition in dominant fashion for Boston Tuesday night.

After a sloppy and sluggish first period that saw Rask have to come up with a couple of big stops as the rest of the Bruins shook off their jet-lag and found their legs, the home side settled down. They grabbed full control of the game right from the start of the second period, keeping the majority of the play in Calgary’s half of the ice and outshooting the visitors 15-4. They skated into the second intermission up 1-0 thanks to a powerplay strike from Chara, and if not for Flames goalie Reto Barra, the score could have been much worse for Calgary.

Chara tallied the only other goal of the game early into the third period, again on the man advantage, to put Boston up 2-0, and the B’s would coast to the victory from there.

With the win, the Bruins improved to an impressive 14-3-2 at home on the season, and 10-0-1 in their last 11 games on Garden ice. They are also now 8-3 in their last 11 games as they get set to play a home and home series with Atlantic Division rival Buffalo, which kicks off Thursday night at TD Garden.