Horton, Bergeron lead Bruins to 9-0 rout of Flames

Posted Jan. 05, 2012, at 10:48 p.m.

BOSTON — Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron each had two goals and an assist, Tuukka Rask earned his third shutout in four starts and the rampaging Boston Bruins cruised to a 9-0 blowout of the road-weary Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

The win was the ninth in 10 games for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have outscored the opposition 49-13 during that span, with Rask and Tim Thomas combining for four shutouts.

The Bruins won their previous home game 8-0 over Florida.

Rask, who stopped 25 shots for the 11th shutout of his career, has allowed one goal in his last four starts.

The Flames ended a seven-game road trip with their fifth straight loss, going 2-4-1 on the journey.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla failed for the second straight game in his bid to become the NHL’s 42nd 500-goal scorer, the 15th to do it with one team. The Flames open a four-game homestand against Minnesota on Saturday.

Iginla was robbed by Rask midway through the second period, probably Rask’s toughest save of the game.

Any worries Bruins coach Claude Julien might have had about his team looking past Calgary toward Saturday’s meeting with Stanley Cup runner-up Vancouver were unfounded.

Five different Bruins had three points and three more had two.

Bergeron scored twice for the second straight night. David Krejci and Tyler Seguin each had a goal and two assists, and Benoit Pouliot added three assists. Milan Lucic, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille (short-handed) also scored for the Bruins.

Paille capped the outburst at 8:43 of the third and Bruins fans chanted “We want 10!” for the rest of the game.

The Bruins scored six times against goalie Leland Irving by the 4:15 mark of the second period, chasing the rookie as he took his first regulation loss in four NHL starts. Mikka Kiprusoff, who was supposed to get a rest, gave up the last three goals.

It took the Bruins just 1:14 to open the scoring, on Seguin’s goal, and it was 2-0 at the 3:17 mark when Calgary coach Brent Sutter used his timeout. It didn’t help. It was 3-0 at 8:59 and the Bruins then scored three times in the first 4:15 of the second.

Notes: Bruins left wing Brad Marchand was a late scratch with flulike symptoms. Zach Hamill took his place. With Marchand out, Seguin took the team lead in goals with 16. … The Bruins scored 47 seconds apart in the second period, the 13th time this season they have scored twice in less than a minute. … Zdeno Chara’s assist on the sixth goal was the 300th of his NHL career. … Thomas, voted in by fans as an All-Star starter, will make his fourth straight All-Star appearance. He was the winning goalie in the last three games. “It’s an honor obviously to be the No. 1 vote-getter for a goalie,” Thomas said. “Obviously, it hasn’t always been that way. I’ve been lucky enough to be on the three previous (All-Star teams). This is a little different scenario. I guess all I can say is I’m happy about it.” . Calgary’s Rene Bourque served the first game of a five-game NHL suspension for an elbow to the head of Washington’s Niklas Backstrom. … The Bruins played the second game of a stretch that calls for 12 games in 21 days leading up to the All-Star break. They hammered the Devils 6-1 on Wednesday night in New Jersey.

Rangers 3, Panthers 2 (OT)

NEW YORK — Marian Gaborik scored 3:29 into overtime for the New York Rangers, who outlasted the Florida Panthers 3-2 and moved to the top of the NHL standings on Thursday night with their eighth win in nine games.

Gaborik took a drop pass from Derek Stepan in the high slot and slapped in a drive for his 23rd goal of the season. New York (25-9-4) stayed one point ahead of Boston in the Eastern Conference, but jumped one point in front of West-leading Vancouver, which was idle.

Martin Biron, starting for the fourth time in nine games to give No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist a lighter workload, made 19 saves. Defenseman Anton Stralman and captain Ryan Callahan also scored for the Rangers, who showed no ill effects coming back to play indoors after their Winter Classic victory at Philadelphia on Monday.

Lundqvist is expected to start Friday at Pittsburgh.

Marcel Goc and Mike Santorelli scored goals, Mikael Samuelsson had two assists and Scott Clemmensen stopped 38 shots for the Southeast Division-leading Panthers, 0-2-3 in their last five road games — including two losses at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers took their first lead of the night 4:24 into the third when Callahan scored his 14th goal during a power play after Florida was caught with too many men on the ice. Brad Richards’ shot from above the left circle clipped the glove of defenseman Mike Weaver as he tried to block the drive and then hit Callahan in front before getting past Clemmensen.

But there wasn’t even enough time for the goal to be announced to the joyous crowd before the Panthers tied it again 36 seconds later. Santorelli, who served the too-many-men penalty, let go a shot from the center of the right circle that squeezed in between Biron’s left shoulder and the top corner of the net to make it 2-2 at 5:00.

The Panthers were again called for having too many men at 9:17, but New York failed to take advantage.

Florida grabbed a 1-0 lead with an early 2-on-1 break that turned into Goc’s third goal of the season 4:16 in. Goc raced up ice with Samuelsson and ran a give-and-go as defenseman Marc Staal spun in a circle trying to keep up with them. Goc snapped off a rising, fluttering shot that sailed past Biron’s glove, smacked the crossbar and found its way in.

Goc just returned to the lineup on Thursday after missing the previous 22 games because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. Samuelsson also just got back on the ice following a five-game absence, also caused by an upper-body injury.

The Rangers nearly got even with just over 6 minutes left in the period when Winter Classic star Mike Rupp, who scored twice in New York’s outdoor victory, had two chances at a wide-open left side of the net. Rupp first whiffed on a forehand attempt and then sent a backhander into Clemmensen.

But New York tied it before the period expired when Stralman scored his first goal with the Rangers at 17:44. Stralman wound up for a drive from the edge of the right circle, and the puck appeared to hit Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski in front before it got past Clemmensen. Stralman, in his 15th game with the Rangers since signing as a free agent, hadn’t scored since last Feb. 18 at Chicago, while with Columbus — a span of 22 games.

New York held a 16-8 edge in shots in the first period and had the only power play after Weaver was whistled for boarding.

The Rangers couldn’t take advantage of it in the second period, which was mostly uneventful. New York outshot Florida 8-5, but this time the Panthers had the only power play — a boarding call against Ruslan Fedotenko, who took out Santorelli.

NOTES: Former President Bill Clinton was in attendance, and caught a puck tossed to him as he sat by the glass. … Samuelsson played in his 13th game of the season. He sat out 20 between Oct. 24 and Dec. 5 because of a lower-body injury. His latest injury had kept him out since Dec. 20. … Goc hadn’t played since Nov. 15. … Stralman has five assists with the Rangers. … Callahan has a six-game point streak. … Panthers forward Krys Barch served a one-game suspension for an inappropriate comment to Montreal’s P.K. Subban on Saturday.

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