Blog: After two, Bruins still lead
SECOND PERIOD RECAP
The period began, with the visiting Bruins leading 1-0, with a Boston onslaught during the first two minutes. The Flames responded with the fourth line and Mikael Backlund and Niklas Hagman fought off the Bruins defence, worked the cycle nicely and created several scoring chances. Shortly after, Alex Tanguay, sprung on a breakaway with a great stretch pass, was foiled by big Zdeno Chara, who used his six-foot-eight frame and equally long stick and reach, to prevent Tanguay from getting a shot away.
Brendan Morrison appeared to take a late, and near-blindside hit from Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk. There was no call on the play and Morrison was not injured. He returned a shift later and hit the crossbar as the Flames big line, including Tanguay and Iginla, got rolling in the offensive zone.
Curtis Glencross was handed a double-minor for high-sticking at 17:34 of the second. The call was made after a stoppage in play -- a Bruins icing -- which confused some on the ice. Obviously a call made away from the play, perhaps by a linesman. Miikka Kiprusoff made a huge save on Nathan Horton in front to keep the score 1-0 during the first two minutes of the minor but the Flames start the third period having to kill off 1:35 of the penalty.
Really hard to tell who has the edge in play as both Calgary and Boston are displaying plenty of effort. Both teams playing a hard forecheck, both getting some end-to-end rushes and both getting some superb, timely goaltending.
Flames hold the edge in shots 22-17.
Hang on for a big third period as Milan Lucic's first period goal remains the difference as the Bruins lead 1-0.
"It's two good teams playing a tight defensive game," said Hagman on Sportsnet Flames after the second period. "We've had some chances. You have to throw pucks on the net. I am sure it is going to go in sometime."
No scoring in the second period.
The first period recap is here