Bruins Douse Flames
Calgary, Alberta — Reilly Smith scored the game-winning goal at 15:27 of the third period as the Boston Bruins rallied to beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Tuesday.
Skating down the left wing, Smith cut around Calgary defenseman T.J. Brodie and roofed a shot into the top corner over the outstretched glove of goalie Reto Berra.
The Flames held a 1-0 lead heading into the third period, but saw that evaporate as David Krejci scored a power-play goal to even the score before Smith’s game-winning heroics.
The Bruins (21-8-2) have now won three straight games. After skating to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at home on Saturday, the Bruins started their four-game road trip in Toronto on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs.
Jiri Hudler scored the lone goal for the Flames (11-15-4), who had won three of four heading into the night.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask finished with 26 saves to improve his record to 16-7-2. Berra stopped 22 shots.
Tuesday’s game marked the return of former Flames captain Jarome Iginla to the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time since he was traded last March 27 to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a first-round draft pick and a pair of college forwards.
After playing in 13 regular season games and 15 postseason contests with the Penguins, Iginla signed on as a free agent with the Bruins in the offseason.
The Flames carried the majority of the play in the opening frame when they outshot the Bruins 11-5. Iginla had two of Boston’s shots and also whistled a one-timer wide of the net during an early man advantage for the Bruins.
With Boston defenseman Matt Bartkowski in the penalty box for holding, the Flames poured on the pressure during a late first-period power play, but Rask stood his ground to stop a trio of quality scoring chances.
After turning aside a shot fired his way by Mark Giordano, Rask also got a piece of a shot off the stick of former Dartmouth College star Lee Stempniak and the puck trickled wide of the net. Mikael Backlund then one-timed a pass from Brodie, but Rask stuck out his pad to stop the shot and keep the game scoreless.
Hudler finally broke the scoreless deadlock at 5:17 of the second period when he snuck a snap shot from the top of the faceoff circle under Rask’s glove and into the net.
Mike Cammalleri nearly put the Flames up 2-0 a short time later, but his shot from the slot rang off the right post behind Rask.
After recording just four shots on net in the second period, the Bruins took the play to the Flames in the final frame as they outshot them 15-6.
Krejci tied up the game at 1-1 at 13:49 of the third when he tipped a point shot fired by Torey Krug past Berra.
Another former Dartmouth player, forward Nick Johnson, was called up by the Bruins before Tuesday’s game. He is a Calgary native.
Predators 4, Rangers 1
New York — Nick Spaling and Rich Clune scored first-period goals, and seldom-used backup Carter Hutton made 28 saves as Nashville snapped a five-game losing streak.
Hutton (5-3-1) made his first start since Nov. 10 and his third appearance in that span as the Predators try to get by while Pekka Rinne (hip) is out.
Blue Jackets 5, Devils 4
Columbus, Ohio — Nick Foligno scored the game-winning goal with 91 seconds left when Ryan Johansen’s shot went in off his skate, giving Columbus a victory over New Jersey.
Cam Atkinson had two goals and two assists, Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and three assists and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won their last four at home.
Kings 6, Canadiens 0
Montreal — Rookie Martin Jones made 30 saves for his second shutout in as many games, and six Los Angeles players scored in the Kings’ victory over Montreal.
Jordan Nolan, Anze Kopitar, Alec Martinez, Tyler Toffoli, Jake Muzzin and Justin Williams scored for the Kings, who won their fourth straight.
Sabres 2, Senators 1 (so)
Buffalo, n.y. — Zemgus Girgensons scored the tying goal in the second period and added a score in the 10th round of a shootout to lift Buffalo over Ottawa.
Blues 2, Jets 1
Winnipeg, Manitoba — Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal at 16:58 of the third period to give St. Louis a win over Winnipeg.
Blackhawks 6, Stars 2
Dallas — Patrick Sharp scored twice, extending his domination of Dallas, and Chicago cruised.
Leafs Captain Suspended
New York — Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was suspended two games for his hit from behind on Kevan Miller of the Boston Bruins.
Phaneuf will not play against Los Angeles tonight and at St. Louis on Thursday. He loses more than $66,000 in salary.
During Toronto’s loss to Boston on Sunday night at Air Canada Centre, Miller’s back was turned at the time. No boarding penalty was called. Miller left the game but coach Claude Julien said he wasn’t worried about the defenseman’s condition.
Phaneuf had a phone hearing Tuesday with NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan.
The suspension is the Leafs’ fourth this season. The others were to David Clarkson, Nazem Kadri and Carter Ashton.