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Bruins 2, Flames 1 Recap

The Bruins mounted a successful third period comeback with two goals in ninety seconds on the night of Jarome Iginla's return to the Saddledome.



Jarome Iginla doing a lap around the ice while the Iggy Dance plays could not have been more perfect.

Some brief notes from the game:

  • Another day, another late-game meltdown by the Flames. Somehow the second worst team in the West manages to hold one of the best teams in the entire league to just nine shots through two periods only to implode in the final frame. It shouldn’t be surprising that they can’t keep teams much better than they are off the scoresheet for an entire game, especially when they can only muster one goal, but it sure is frustrating–particularly when it keeps happening in the final minutes of the game.
  • So much for Sven’s promotion to the second line–the forward had an assist but only played 12:23 and got zero powerplay time.
  • The Flames could really use Curtis Glencross back any day now.
  • Would-be Calgary Flame Matt Bartkowski played 15:05, had two PIMs, and one shot on goal for the Bruins in last night’s game. Shane O’Brien played 13:11, had two PIMs, and zero shots. Similar stat lines for bottom-pairing guys, but Bartkowski makes less than half of what O’Brien makes in the NHL even after the hilarious “we thought we were going to trade him for Jarome Iginla” gaffe. No doubt both players are of relatively similar usefulness, but given that O’Brien is 30-years-old and still locked down for two more years at $2M, I think I’d still rather have the former.
  • The forwards Jarome Iginla saw the most of in last night’s game were, not surprisingly, Mike Cammalleri, Matt Stajan, and Lee Stempniak. They were out-chanced 10-5, and still managed a positive Corsi rating of +5. The effects of the Flames out-shooting and out-chancing the Bruins through two periods and those of an entirely lop-sided third period in which Boston had every advantage need to be taken into consideration here, but those numbers could have been a lot worse considering they were going up against Iginla, David Krejci and Milan Lucic. The top defensive pairing of Kris Russell and TJ Brodie did not fare quite as well, but only had a -2 shot differential.
  • I believe the Flames’ third jerseys officially have a losing record. I propose we start a campaign to bring back either: a) the retro thirds or b) the fire-snorting horse.

The Flames are back in action tomorrow night at the ‘Dome against the Carolina Hurricanes.

by Hayley Mutch