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The Flames returned to the NHL with a stalemate in the second half, as Boston, the team that leads the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, was held to only five shots. NHLAll-Star break for Bruins
“One of our best games of the year, obviously against a great team in a tough building,”Kadri says.
“I’m very proud of how we rallied and how we responded after some adversity and came up with a big two points.”
Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 shots for Calgary. Noah Hanifin is a Boston native who scored a late Flames goal.
Pavel Zacha scored a power-play goal early in the third quarter for the Bruins. They had a lackluster performance to start a seven game home stand.
“Physical. Mental. Both,” Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy said when asked about Boston’s many mistakes. “We just weren’t good enough tonight.
“Obviously practice didn’t translate and they outplayed us.”
David Pastrnak assisted on Zacha’s goal, and Jeremy Swayman finished with 25 saves for Boston.
“Every single night in this league can be a humbling experience, so I don’t think I’m going to look too far into it to be honest,”McAvoy said.
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“We’re the first-place team in our conference and we’re going to get everyone’s best, even more so than we did before. So this is good for us — to know what to expect from everybody.”
Kuzmenko arrived in the Flames in less than a weeks time, coming from Vancouver as part of a package deal in exchange for Elias Lindholm. It didn’t take Kuzmenko long make an impact. He put the Flames ahead 1-0 with a power-play shot 4:01 into a game off a centred pass from Huberdeau.
The goal was scored just 31 seconds after Brandon Carlo had been called for holding Kadri. Kadri also received an assist.
Kadri scored another goal nine minutes later, after forcing the Bruins to turn over deep in their zone. He then took it in the opposite direction and fed a quick pass Zara who was rushing in on Swayman. Zara beat him with a backhander.
“This was one of our better games this year,”Calgary coach Ryan Huska stated.
“I think it was a really good team game where the guys came to play the right way.”
The Flames played the final 44 minutes down a forward after second-line winger Martin Pospisil levelled Boston captain Brad Marchand during a scrum in front of Calgary’s net with four minutes left in the opening period.
Marchand received a two-minute minor penalty for slashing. Pospisil was given a five-minute major as well as a game misconduct for crossing-checking.
Calgary outshot Boston by 9-5 in the second period, despite Boston entering the period with a minute remaining on the major penalty for Pospisil. Boston didn’t get another power-play opportunity until early in the third, when Braydon Pachal went off for hooking at 2:48 and MacKenzie Weegar received a double-minor for high-sticking Marchand in the Flames’ zone less than a minute later.
Boston scored on the 5-on-3 after Pavel Zacha crossed Pastrnak’s pass with 15 minutes 46 seconds left. The score was 2-1.
Huberdeau, playing in his 799th game of his career, increased the lead to two goals after forcing a turnover. He then fired a quick wristshot past Swayman.
“Obviously a huge goal by Hubey — what a shot. He’s got to use that more often,”Kadri said. “I don’t think we ever really got deflated.
“We understood we were controlling most parts of the game and we just had to stay with it.”
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