Monahan, Backlund score 2G each, Flames beat Bruins 5-2

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"I like where the young kids are at, what they've added to the team".

"There were some big blocks. There has to be a decent amount of period before we see what we got, and then go from there", Cassidy added.

The Flames remained on top of the Western Conference wild card standings with their first victory in Boston since November 25, 2016.

"I thought it was an excellent effort by our guys", Flames coach Geoff Ward said. Rather look at the whole group, and we just did not have our - the guys we rely on to play, play well, had a tougher time tonight. "I thought some guys came to play and some guys didn't".

David Rittich finished with 26 saves for Calgary.

The Bruins locked it down Friday in Calgary, after the Flames beat Jaroslav Halak three times on four shots in the first 3:23 of the game. "We kept wanting to put the puck in the middle of the ice". "We paid the price in the end".

Over is 4-0 in Flames last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and 6-0 in their last 6 games following a win. The defeat snapped a seven-game home winning streak and gave Boston its first run of regulation losses since December 7-12.


"We weren't at our best, for sure".

A welcomed move from Vancouver back to Boston didn't come with the energetic lift one would have expected.

It's one game and a game where not many Bruins had their game going, so let's not write Ritchie off after one rough night. "Anytime you play with new guys in a new locker room, new city and new building, it's going to take a little bit to shore things up". The clubs opened the season against each other on October 3 in Dallas, with Boston eking out a 2-1 victory behind 28 saves from goaltender Tuukka Rask. Monahan, standing in the same spot, deflected a short, hard pass from Tkachuk just five seconds into the power play. The Flames won the faceoff after the penalty and scored five seconds later when Monahan redirected a shot by Tkachuk.

"I think he'd like to get a few more reps here with us", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy of Kase on Monday. "But at the end of the day, it wasn't good enough". After Backlund's one-timer rebounded off the end wall, Tkachuk scored on a backhand shot.

With 6:51 left in the game, Wagner made it 3-2 when he swept the puck in from his knees during a frenzy in front of the net.

Backlund set himself up with a pass off the boards coming up the ice and beat Rask with 1:30 left in the third.

Not even the worst loss of the season they suffered the last outing could dampen their trust on the team's personnel as they stuck the same core for the remainder of the season with only minor modifications during Monday's trade deadline that saw Danton Heinen leave their side for Nick Ritchie of the Anaheim Ducks.

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