BOSTON – With the emotions and hoopla of playing against his former team now a week and some, 4,023 km behind him, Jarome Iginla felt more relaxed facing Calgary again.
Iginla assisted on Zdeno Chara’s two power-play goals, which were all the Boston Bruins needed in a 2-0 shutout of the Flames on Tuesday night.
David Krejci also had two assists and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the Bruins, who beat the Flames a week before in Iginla’s first game as an opponent against Calgary. Iginla received a warm welcome back, but did not register a point in Boston’s 2-1 win against the team he captained for nine of his 16 seasons with the Flames.
“Last week for myself, it felt a little bit different. This was more business,” said Iginla, who has 13 assists in his first season with the Bruins. He was traded to Pittsburgh last March, then signed with Boston as a free agent in the offseason.
The Bruins were coming off a 6-2 loss at Vancouver on Saturday, when Rask was pulled after allowing four goals on 23 shots. Rask’s teammates helped him recover from shaky performance by holding the Flames to 21 shots, including just four in the second period.
“We regrouped in the second and really never looked back after that,” said Rask, who got his third shutout of the season.
Reto Berra had a much busier night at the other end and played well enough to keep Calgary close, stopping 29 shots.
“We played pretty good, especially in the first period. We had our chances,” Berra said. “I think we fight. We try. We do everything. . . . There’s no other way than just keep going like that and the luck will come back on our side for sure.”
The Bruins shut out Calgary for the third straight time in Boston, capitalizing on two costly high-sticking calls against Lance Bouma.
The first was a double-minor 5:23 into the second period, and Chara scored less than 2 minutes later on a slap shot to give Boston a 1-0 lead. Krejci settled a high pass from Iginla and set up Chara for a booming one-timer with 12:22 left in the period.
“That’s tough on a goalie there,” Iginla said. “As hard as he shoots it, it finds holes.”
Blackhawks 3, Predators 1
In Nashville, Duncan Keith scored a goal and added an assist to lead Chicago.
Patrick Kane and Nick Leddy also scored for the Stanley Cup champions, who have won five of six.
Ducks 5, Red Wings 2
In Detroit, Sami Vatanen had a goal and an assist, and Anaheim used a four-goal first period to extend its winning streak to six games.
Nick Bonino, Jakob Silfverberg, Corey Perry and Saku Koivu also scored for the Ducks. Andrew Cogliano had three assists and Jonas Hiller made 16 saves.
Sharks 4, Blues 2
In St. Louis Joe Pavelski scored the first of three straight goals by San Jose, and Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots.
The Sharks completed a season sweep of the Blues, winning all three games by a combined 16-7. St. Louis has lost two in a row after winning eight of 11.
Panthers 3, Maple Leafs 1
In Toronto, Tomas Fleischmann, Sean Bergenheim and Brad Boyes scored for Florida against the slumping Maple Leafs.
The Panthers have won four straight and six of seven.
Lightning 3, Islanders 2 (SO)
In Uniondale, New York, Valtteri Filppula scored twice in the final 3 minutes of regulation, including the tying goal with 3.8 seconds left, and then converted in the shootout. to rally Tampa Bay past the skidding Islanders.
Canadiens 3, Coyotes 1
In Montreal, Max Pacioretty scored twice in the third period to lead the Canadiens.
Flyers 5, Capitals 2
In Philadelphia, Jakub Voracek scored two goals to help Philadelphia beat Washington.
Wild 3, Canucks 2 (SO)
In St. Paul, Minnesota, Jason Pominville slipped a shot past Roberto Luongo’s glove in the third round of a shootout, and Minnesota ended Vancouver’s winning streak at seven games.
Stars 3, Avalanche 2,
In Dallas, Colton Sceviour scored the tiebreaking goal at 17:08 of the third period.
Sabres 4, Jets 2
In Buffalo, Marcus Foligno, Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis scored in the third period to lift the Sabres over Winnipeg.
Kings 3, Oilers 0
In Los Angeles, Martin Jones made 24 saves for his third shutout in five games, and the remarkable rookie led the Kings to a victory over Edmonton.