BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 05: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammate Tyler Seguin after Bergeron scored a goal on Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames on January 5, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Calgary Flames 9-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bruins 9, Flames 0: Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask Help B' s Fan Out Flames

Patrice Bergeron scored two goals for the second straight night and Tuukka Rask had 25 saves as the Boston Bruins smoked the Calgary Flames, 9-0, on Thursday night at TD Garden. Boston improved to 26-10-1 with the victory.

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Bruins 9, Flames 0: Rask Blanks Flames, Earns Fourth Shutout In Five Games Played

It would have been impressive if the Bruins came out and scored more than three goals in tonight's game after they played and won a 6-1 game against the New Jersey Devils last night. No one could have asked them to put on the same kind of performance they showcased less than 24 hours ago.

They just did it themselves.

Showing little fatigue after a late night, the B's added another two points to their divisional lead with a crushing 9-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday, expanding the difference between themselves and next best Toronto Maples Leafs by eight points And they did it in impressive fashion.

For starters, the Bruins went into the game without one of the team's leading scorers, Brad Marchand, who was scratched with "flu-like symptoms." Replacing him on the line with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin was Benoit Pouliot. Whatever sneaking doubts some had about how well those two would gel together with Pouliot were quickly put to rest, just minutes into the first period.

In just the second shift of the game, Pouliot broke into Calgary's zone and passed it off to Bergeron. Bergeron skated his way around the net and noticed Tyler Seguin crashing through the slot. He threw the pass out front just in time, and Seguin was able to one-time it into the net, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead 1:14 into the game.

They opened the wound, and there was no healing after that.

The Bruins scored two more times in the period, first from Milan Lucic two minutes after the first was scored, and then David Krejci netted one via the power play five minutes after that.

Patrice Bergeron garnered goals 10 and 11 tonight, after picking up goals number eight and nine last night. He only has four shots between the two games, but he also has four goals within that span.

Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille each contributed with a goal as well, and forward Nathan Horton was accountable for two goals tonight after picking up one last night as well.

Perhaps one of the most impressive stats doesn't come from the offensive lines on the scoresheet, but from the man in between the pipes. Now, people knew that the goaltending was good, but just how good?

Tuukka Rask just completed his fourth shutout in five games, adding up 276:08 minutes, while allowing only one single goal in that span. Meanwhile, in that same time frame, his teammates have put up 26 goals, leaving the Bruins outscoring their opponents when Rask is in net in these last five games 26-1.

But you do have to keep in mind the offense. Once again, all four lines scored a goal tonight, and that's something that has been key to the Bruins success not only this year, but last season as well.

"Yeah I think it’s confidence honestly," Bergeron said. "I think the depth we’ve been talking about all year has been helping us a lot, but four lines feeling confident, feeling good about themselves obviously helps a lot. And every line wants to contribute and go out there and find ways to score."

The team is 22-0-0 when they score three or more goals in a game.

"Like I said I’d like to think we got some good depth and we’re a well-balanced hockey club and we take advantage of that," head coach Claude Julien said. "But at the same time, you can have that, but everybody seems to understand we play a certain way. Right now when you have 20 players on same page every night, it creates success."

The next challenge comes on Saturday where they will faceoff against the Vancouver Canucks for the first time since Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last year. While they recognize it will be a fun and big game, Bergeron and his teammates are looking at it like it's just another game and focusing just as much as they would any other game.

"Yeah it’s going to be a huge game," Bergeron said. "I mean obviously it’s a tough team. We’ve seen it last year, it’s a team that’s very physical, a lot of talent, great power play and now we know them more than we used to last year. And it’s going to be a tough battle and I know it’s going to be an exciting game and we’re all looking forward to it. You know we’re going to do the same thing you know, do the job and play the full 60 minutes and worry about the first period right away."

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Bruins Vs. Flames: B's Continue to Surge, Take 7-0 Lead Over Calgary

Once again, less than two minutes into the period (1:19), Tyler Seguin took the puck into the zone, turned and found a crashing Bergeron in the slot. He connected and Bergeron one timed it into the back of the net.

Less than a minute later, Chris Kelly comes out and joins in the scoring frenzy at 2:06, crashing the slot, collecting his own rebound and knocking it past Irving.

That marked the 13th time this season that they scored two goals in less than a minute.

The Bruins continued to clobber them, and 4:15 seconds into the period, Nathan Horton got one past Irving to extend the lead to 6-0. Calgary finally laid the dead to rest, and repalced Irving with Miikka Kiprusoff right after that goal.

With just over five minutes to play, Horton found his own rebound again in front of the net and slid it past to give the Bruins a 7-0 lead. That was Horton's second goal of the game. Dennis Seidenberg picked up the assist on the goal and extended his point-streak to five games.

With 25 seconds left in the period, Tyler Seguin continued to show no mercy and found himself on a breakaway. He fired a snap shot in the slot, but was denied by Kiprusoff. The Bruins ultimately outshot the Flames 19-9 in that period and continued their dominant play for the full 20 minutes.

Tuukka Rask is still perfect through 40 minutes, and the Bruins have maintained and extended the shutout streak against the Flames at TD Garden to 109:36--a number that started on October 19, 2006.

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Bruins Vs. Flames: Three Goals In First Period Spark Bruins Ahead of Flames

Any sort of fatigue the Bruins might have been feeling last night was quickly taken care of as the Bruins blew open the game, putting up three goals in the first period, and giving them a 3-0 lead.

The scoring didn't take long for the B's, and it started with the line that was missing star forward Brad Marchand who was scratched with flu like symptoms. Replacement Benoit Pouliot broke into the zone and passed it off to Patrice Bergeron who wrapped around the net and fed it right out front to Tyler Seguin who tapped it into the net for the goal 1:14 into the period.

Lucic followed Seguin's lead and came back at 3:17 and scored a rather odd goal. He wasn't even aiming for the net, but his pass deflected off Olli Jokinen near the faceoff circle and the puck took a bad bounce and found it's way to the back of the net. Flames called a timeout immediately, and it was only the fourth shot the Flames faced.

With 12:20 left to go in the first, Flames forward Tom Kostopoulos was sent to the penalty box for tripping, and the Bruins were able to capitalize on their misfortunes. Just over a minute into the man advantage, David Krejci came up with the goal after taking a cross-crease pass from Rich Peverley and one timing it past Leland Irving, for his second point of the game.

The Bruins are 10-1-0 when leading after the first period, while on the other side, Calgary is a weak 1-11-0 when they trail after the first.

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Bruins Vs. Flames Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames
Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 7 p.m. EDT.
Location: TD Garden (Capacity: 17,565), Boston, MA.
Broadcast Info: Thursday's game between the Bruins and the Devils will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on the 98.5 the Sports Hub Radio Network, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.

Last Time Out: The Bruins have a quick turnaround going into tonight’s game after they spent last night pounding the Devils for a 6-1 win in New Jersey. Patrice Bergeron recorded two goals in the game, and Milan Lucic picked up three assists. David Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg both extended their point streaks, and Lucic and Tyler Seguin each started streaks of their own.

Tim Thomas put up another stellar performance, stopping 30 of 31 shots and picked up his 17th win of the year. He is now 14-2-0 in his last 16 starts.

The Flames have struggled as of late and have dropped their last four games, including their most recent to the Washington Capitals. Only seven members on the active roster have positive plus-minus ratings on the team. Curtis Glencross found the back of the net in the 3-1 losing effort, and goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff made 18 saves,

Storyline: This is the first and only time these two teams will play against each other. The Bruins hold a 53-32-10-1 record against the franchise including two wins in the most recent meetings. The Flames haven’t had much luck in Beantown, and they haven’t won at the Garden since Dec. 18, 2003, where they had a 5-0 victory. In fact, the last time the Flames scored in Boston was back in 2006. Since then, the Bruins have shut them out and have recorded 69:36 of scoreless minutes against them.

The last time they played was in February of last year when the Bruins won 3-1 in Calgary. Milan Lucic scored twice, and Brad Marchand once in that game, and Glencross had the only goal for Calgary.

Tuukka Rask will most likely be in net for the Bruins tonight, as Tim Thomas played in last night’s game. Rask has been on quite a run as of late and has an 8-1-1 record in his last ten games, including a four-game win streak most recently. He also has allowed only one goal in his last 216 minutes of play.

Players To Watch: Flames forward Jerome Iginla leads the team in points and as captain, should be the first to help lead his team out of the slump. Meanwhile, four Bruins players enter tonight’s game with a point streak and should be able to contribute even more offensively.
With the two goals he scored last night, Bergeron now has 11 points in nine games and seems to be heating up a bit. Keep an eye on him as always.

Prediction: Even though the Bruins are playing in back-to-back games, they still hold a 2-1-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back-set. The Flames have one of their leading scorers out with a suspension, after Rene Bourque was suspended for his elbow to Nicklas Backstrom’s head on Monday, and with their woes up to this point, it would be difficult to thing they could find a way past the Stanley Cup Champions at home. Final Score: Bruins 5, Flames 1.

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Bruins Vs. Flames: B's Face Back-To-Back Game Challenge

It'll be a quick turnaround for the Bruins after playing last night in New Jersey, but after scoring another six goals, people are beginning to think there are few who can stop them.

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