Phaneuf, Cammalleri keep Flames hot

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) — A pair of power-play goals in the
second period cooled off a hot goaltender and helped keep the
Calgary Flames scorching.

Defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Mike Cammalleri each recorded a
power-play tally and an assist as the Flames posted their fifth
straight win Thursday, a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Dustin Boyd also tallied and captain Jarome Iginla notched two
assists for the Flames, who outshot the Bruins, 38-31.

“It’s really great to see we’re getting some depth in the
scoring department,” Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. “Our
younger players are playing well, and that makes them feel good
about their contribution, especially when they get rewarded for
their strong efforts. It builds confidence in the group, and
they know there are different ways to win each and every night.”

Patrice Bergeron put Boston on top in the first period, pouncing
on a loose puck after goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff mishandled it
behind the net. Bergeron gained control below the end line and
knocked the puck into the vacant net at 6:53 for his second goal
of the season.

“It was totally my mistake,” said Kiprusoff, who has been in net
for each of the Flames’ five straight wins. “(Bergeron) just
scooped the puck away. Luckily, we were able to win the game
even after giving up a goal like that.”

The Bruins stayed in front until the second session, when they
hurt themselves with a number of penalties.

Phaneuf evened the contest at 2:29. Iginla fired a pass from
the right faceoff circle that deflected off the stick of a
defender, leaving the charging defenseman with an easy chance to
roof the puck over goaltender Tim Thomas.

The tally snapped a scoreless streak of 154 minutes, 42 seconds
for Thomas, who had posted a pair of 1-0 shutouts earlier in the
week at Edmonton and Vancouver.

Phaneuf set up the Flames’ second goal late in the middle
session that made it 2-1. The 23-year-old received a pass high
above the slot and wristed a shot that made it through traffic
before being deflected past Thomas by Cammalleri with 83 seconds
remaining in the period.

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“I just threw my stick out there,” Cammalleri said. “If Dion
shoots it, I’m going to the net. I guess it hit me.”

Calgary outshot Boston, 20-9, during the second session,
recording 13 of those shots on four power-play opportunities.

“We need to be better than that,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara
said. “We basically gave them the momentum in the second period
and gave them those two goals. We need to be stronger with our
play, and especially playing the puck in our zone on the penalty
kill. It’s costing us a lot of energy when we’re taking
penalties like that and other teams get momentum from it.”

Boyd gave the Flames a two-goal lead at 5:40 of the third,
beating Thomas with a wrist shot from close range during a
2-on-1 rush.

“I thought about the pass, but I looked at the defenseman and he
had it taken away,” Boyd said. “I get the puck on net and
anything can happen. If you don’t shoot, you can’t score.”

Blake Wheeler halved the deficit with 7:44 left, but Boston was
unable to score the equalizer despite applying heavy pressure
late in the contest.

Thomas finished with 35 saves for Boston, which had its
three-game winning streak snapped.

“We got four out of six points on the western swing, a tough
western swing, too,” Thomas said. “We went Edmonton, Vancouver
and then back to Calgary. It was a lot of travel, bouncing
around. We would have hoped after getting the first four
(points) to get more out of it than that, but that’s not the way
it worked out.”

Kiprusoff turned aside 29 shots for Calgary.