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Well where did that come from?
In what was a pivotal game for both teams in terms of playoff positioning, the Boston Bruins came out and clicked on all cylinders, especially their recently struggling power play unit, and doused the Flames with a surprising 5-0 shutout, all but ending much hope for Calgary’s playoff chances out West.
Boston was able to notch just their third home win of 2010, but it was a win that, coupled with this afternoon’s Philadelphia loss to Pittsburgh, ties Boston with the Flyers for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The B’s do have a game in hand over Philly, so fans have a reason to be optimistic with just eight games remaining before playoff time.
The man-advantage clicked for three goals total, after being mired in an eight-game scoreless slump. Dennis Seidenberg, a new addition to the top power play unit, netted the first Boston goal on the day, hammering one past Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to give Boston a 1-0 advantage after 20 minutes.
The second period featured two more Boston power play goals, off the sticks of David Krejci and Zdeno Chara. The B’s poured it on early in the third period with a pair of goals from the top forward line (Bergeron and Recchi) that would chase Kiprusoff from the game. Tim Thomas notched his fifth shutout of the season, stopping 31 shots on the afternoon.
The Bruins next face a pair of teams that could potentially be first round playoff opponents, depending on how the cards may fall, as the B’s host Buffalo on Monday night, followed by a trip to New Jersey Tuesday evening to face the Devils.