CALGARY, Alberta -- A strong second-period power play helped the Calgary Flames extend their winning streak on Thursday.
Dion Phaneuf scored the tying goal, then set up Michael Cammalleri's go-ahead goal as Calgary scored twice on the power play in the second period to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 for its fifth consecutive victory.
"We were playing a team that's been playing well defensively, not giving up a lot, and their goalie was playing well," Phaneuf said. "On the PP, we were just trying to get pucks through with lots of traffic, and luckily they went in."
Phaneuf's power-play goal at 2:29 of the second period ended Tim Thomas' shutout streak at 152 minutes and 14 seconds.
Boston entered the game ranked 29th in penalty killing, but had killed off most of the penalty when Jarome Iginla's cross-ice pass intended for Todd Bertuzzi deflected off a stick into the slot where it was slapped in by Phaneuf.
With help from four straight man advantages, Calgary continued to pressure Thomas throughout the second period eventually taking the lead at 18:37 when Cammalleri tipped in Phaneuf's slap shot.
"We all know how big a role that special teams play in today's game. If you can win that battle you're going to have pretty good success on most nights in this league," Cammalleri said.
Despite allowing the two goals, Thomas still made 18 stops in a second period dominated by the Flames.
"We're really trying to take pride in our penalty killing and we've done a really good job lately but when you take that many penalties that close together, eventually Calgary broke us down," Thomas said.
Dustin Boyd added his second of the season in the third period for Calgary. The Flames moved into a first-place tie with Minnesota atop the Northwest Division.
The third goal of the season for the rookie Wheeler got the Bruins within one with 7:44 remaining in the third period.
However, they could not get the tying goal behind Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff despite several great chances. Kiprusoff stopped a one-timer from David Krejci, jabbing out a pad to thwart Marc Savard as he cut across the front of the net, and smothering a shot from Zdeno Chara stationed alone at the top of the crease.
"Kipper was huge again tonight, making some huge stops, not only throughout the game, but in the last minute, a couple right in tight," Phaneuf said. "When you have a guy like that behind you, our job is to let him see the puck and he's doing a great job stopping it."
Kiprusoff finished with 29 saves, including 13 in the final period.
After allowing four or more goals in each of his first four games, Kiprusoff has been brilliant during the five-game winning streak having given up only seven goals.
"I've played 10 games with him now and I'm starting to already get used to it. It's kind of fun knowing that if you make a mistake, he's going to bail you out," Cammalleri said.
Thomas complimented the effort of the Bruins in the third period.
"It's been a lot of travel, a lot of different time zones here on this Western trip," said Thomas, who led the Bruins to consecutive 1-0 wins over the Oilers and Canucks. "I don't want to make excuses for the guys but maybe that affected us a little bit. but We showed our character finishing up strong."
Leading 2-1, Boyd gave Calgary a bit of breathing room on a nice rush at 5:40 of the third period.
Boyd broke out of his own zone and charged down the right wing, tipped the puck past defenseman Mark Stuart, and from the faceoff circle wristed a high shot that got by Thomas.
Boston opened the scoring at 13:07 of the first period on a misplay by Kiprusoff.
While behind the net, Kiprusoff's attempt to clear the puck to a defenseman instead was intercepted by Bergeron, who curled out front and wrapped in his second goal of the season.
"It was totally my mistake," Kiprusoff said. "But shows we have a good team here, we were able to win the game even after a goal like that."
- Calgary C Wayne Primeau played in his 700th NHL game while D Robyn Regehr appeared in career game No. 600. Primeau is on his sixth NHL team while all of Regehr's games have come with Calgary.
- Kiprusoff and New Jersey's Martin Brodeur are the only goalies remaining that have played every minute of their team's games.
- Calgary C Matthew Lombardi (shoulder) remains sidelined. He has missed three games and has yet to resume skating.
- Calgary's previous five-game winning streak was Dec. 29-Jan. 5 of last season. That streak came on the heels of a six-game winning streak Dec. 9-18.