If you watched the game on NESN tonight, you know that the Calgary Flames were “red hot” and “on fire.”
But the Bruins were able to battle through all the bad puns and prevail over the Flames tonight in the first game of the Western Canada portion of their four-game road trip, 3-1, behind two goals by Milan Lucic.
The Flames had been 11-1-2 in their previous 14 games.
Lucic’s goals book ended the victory, as he scored at even strength 59 seconds into the game and then tapped in an empty-netter with 46.9 seconds left in the third period. He now has a team-leading 26 goals on the season.
Here’s a look at the rest of the box score:
•Two games off over a week of rest did nothing to reduce Tim Thomas’ effectiveness, as he stopped 28 of 29 shots to earn the win. Many of his saves, as usual, were of the spectacular variety to cover up some of Boston’s leakiness in its own end.
•Brad Marchand scored Boston’s other goal. It was his 19th of the season.
•David Krejci assisted on both of Lucic’s goals and was plus-2. Lucic, Mark Recchi and Adam McQuaid were all plus-2.
•Rich Peverley made his Bruins debut and skated 15:15. He recorded no points and no shots on goal but won two of four faceoffs.