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Bergeron’s power-play goal lifts Bruins by Flames

Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner (51) shoots against Calgary Flames goalie Joni Ortio (37) during the third period Tuesday night at TD Garden in Boston.

BOSTON — Cashing in on a late too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty on Calgary, the Boston Bruins got a power-play goal from center Patrice Bergeron and edged the Flames 2-1 Tuesday night.

Bergeron took a pass from fellow center Ryan Spooner and sent a 40-footer past goaltender Joni Ortio with 3:24 left for Boston’s first power-play goal in five games. The Bruins were in an 0-for-13 slump with the man advantage, and they recorded only their fifth goal in 56 power plays over the past 16 games.

The goal was the 24th of the season and the 230th of Bergeron’s career, moving him into a tie with Don Marcotte for 10th place on the team’s all-time list.

Calgary defenseman Jakub Nakladal scored his first NHL goal earlier in the period, and the Flames kept it tied until clearly having six players on the ice, leading to Bergeron’s goal.

The Bruins (35-23-6) moved past the idle Detroit Red Wings into third place in the Atlantic Division and raised their dismal home record to 14-16-3.

The Flames (26-33-4) fell to 1-8-1 in their past 10 games. They are the third-worst team in the NHL with 56 points. Ortio, who played well, making 23 saves, dropped to 0-6-2 on the season.

Right winger Landon Ferraro also scored for the Bruins, who got 24 saves from Tuukka Rask in the victory.

Boston defenseman Torey Krug got the puck from right winger Brett Connolly and sent it to Ferraro, whose wrist shot from the slot beat Ortio 7:05 into the game. It was Ferraro’s second goal in four games after he went 29 without one.

The Bruins’ lead held up until 5:35 of the third period. Center Mikael Backlund had the puck behind Rask with an open net but slide the puck through the crease. He also knocked Rask’s stick out of his hand, though the goalie had his stick back but wasn’t fully settled when Nakladal’s blast beat him. The pass to Nakladal came from defense partner Jyrki Jokipakka, playing his first game for the Flames after coming over from the Dallas Stars.

NOTES: RW Lee Stempniak (from New Jersey), D John-Michael Liles (from Carolina) and C Noel Acciari (from the minors) made their Bruins debuts. Stempniak was on Boston’s top line. He is with his ninth NHL team (sixth in the last three seasons), tying him with Dominic Moore of the Rangers for the lead among active players. … Bruins LW Zac Rinaldo, just sent to the minors, was suspended for five NHL games for a hit to the head of Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette on Sunday night. The repeat offender will forfeit $51,829, and the AHL has to approve his status. Games in the minors don’t count against the five games. … Former Bruins D Dougie Hamilton heard boos the first time he touched the puck. … Calgary RW Garnet Hathaway, who grew up a Bruins fan in Maine, played in his second NHL game, with family and friends on hand.

Hurricanes 3, Devils 1

NEWARK, N.J. — Left winger Joakim Nordstrom scored with 1:29 remaining in regulation to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday night.

Nordstrom’s ninth of the season was the result of some strong work by center Elias Lindholm, who snapped a shot from between the circles that was stopped but led to a big rebound. Devils defenseman John Moore fanned on a clearing attempt, allowing Nordstrom to beat Schneider to stick side for the winner.

Left winger Nathan Gerbe added an empty-net goal with 21.2 seconds remaining.

Goaltender Eddie Lack was sharp, making 29 saves. The only goal he allowed in regulation was off a double deflection.

Schneider stopped 16 shots.

Devils center Adam Henrique scored in the first period while Hurricanes center answered with a goal during his NHL debut in the second period.

This game had all the excitement that tends to come from two teams that spent the previous weekend gutting their teams before the trade deadline as a sign the postseason is out of reach. Both teams spent most of regulation going through the motions but there were two goals to show for it.

Henrique reached the 20-goal plateau for the second time in his career at 10:54 of the first period. Defenseman Andy Greene fired a shot from the left-wing boards that bounced off right winger Tyler Kennedy, then Henrique’s leg and past Lack to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

Ryan’s first NHL goal drew the Hurricanes into a 1-1 tie at 4:36 of the second period. With defenseman John Moore in the penalty box for slashing, Ryan scored a power-play goal by waiting for Greene to move his stick, then snapping a shot from the right circle that whipped past Schneider on the stick side.

The Devils pushed hard for the go-ahead goal in the third period. They directed 12 shots on net during the final 20 periods but Lack denied them all.

 



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