Bergeron scores twice as Bruins beat Flames 4-3

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Patrice Bergeron is healthy again, and showing no signs of slowing down.

Bergeron scored two more goals, and the Boston Bruins beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Friday night for their fifth consecutive win.

Bergeron has scored 21 times in 32 games since returning from a lower-body injury on Dec. 9. He is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the NHL's second-most goals over that span, behind only Auston Matthews of Toronto with 25.

Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle also scored for Boston (39-11-12), which opened a five-point lead on Tampa Bay atop the NHL's overall standings. David Pastrnak had two assists.

Bergeron said playing with Marchand and Pastrnak makes his job ''real easy.''

''I'm trying to take care of the details of the game and go on the attack and from there, simplifying our game,'' he said. ''We're used to each other. We know where to be. I'm trying to get open for them to find me.''

The 34-year-old Bergeron is up to 29 goals. His career high is 32, accomplished twice during his 16-year career.

''It goes well beyond him scoring as much as he has been. He does every little thing right,'' Coyle said. ''He's always on the right side of the puck. He has a great stick. Really good defensively. He just puts in the work.''

The Bruins, who have won 11 of 12 overall, also made a trade Friday, acquiring forward Ondrej Kase from Anaheim. Kase has missed the past five games with flu-like symptoms and won't join his new team until the Bruins return home after completing a four-game trip at Vancouver on Saturday.

Boston sent veteran forward David Backes, defensive prospect Axel Andersson and a first-round pick to the Ducks in the deal.

Mikael Backlund had two goals and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary (31-25-6), which is fighting for a wild card in the Western Conference. The Flames head out on a five-game trip that begins Sunday in Detroit, before meeting the Bruins again on Tuesday.

''We've got to take the right things out of this game and move on, take the positives out of it,'' interim Flames coach Geoff Ward said. ''To hold a team like that to the number of shots that we did and the number of scoring chances we did, I thought it was a good defensive effort from our guys.''

Marchand gave Boston its first lead 52 seconds into the second period - making it 4-3 after trailing 3-1 - deflecting Brandon Carlo's point shot past Cam Talbot.

Bergeron got the comeback started at 6:12 of the first when he outmuscled Sean Monahan at the side of the crease to bang in a puck as it bounced out front off the end boards.

Boston tied it six minutes later. After Alexander Yelesin's point shot from the Bruins blue line was blocked, the puck was corralled by Karson Kuhlman, who sprung Coyle on a breakaway. He cleanly beat Talbot with a move to his forehand.

''They weren't giving us anything. The couple chances we had, most of them we scored on,'' Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk said. ''They've got four lines that can wear you down. Their D move the puck very well. They defend very, very well. You saw that in the third.''

Boston's Jaroslav Halak, beaten three times on the first four shots, was perfect the rest of the way, making 18 saves to improve to 16-6-6.

Talbot's four goals allowed came on 23 shots. He fell to 9-10-1.

Calgary got off to a fast start when Backlund scored 20 seconds into the game. Noah Hanifin's shot missed the net and Rasmus Andersson put the carom off the goal post before Backlund put it past Halak.

Backlund scored again at 2:34, one-timing a Tobias Rieder saucer pass over Halak's shoulder for his 12th goal of the season and sixth in the last seven games.

Boston got on the scoreboard 24 seconds later. Pastrnak's shot went wide off the skate of Flames defenseman Michael Stone before it was flicked in by Bergeron for his 29th of the season.

Gaudreau restored Calgary's two-goal lead less than a minute later. He drove to the net and had the puck deflect in off the stick of Bruins center David Krejci.

NOTES: Flames F Mark Jankowski played in his 200th career game. ... Flames captain Mark Giordano (hamstring) was on the ice for the optional morning skate as he inches closer to a return. He has missed eight games. ... The Bruins improved to 9-1-1 against the Pacific Division.

UP NEXT

Flames: At Detroit on Sunday night.

Bruins: At Vancouver on Saturday night.

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123T
BOS39-11-12
3104
CGY31-25-6
3003
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
P. Bergeron C201313/6215:590
A. Bjork RW01100/0015:283
A. Blidh LW00010/0010:545
B. Carlo D01-120/0021:431
Z. Chara D00110/0020:380
C. Coyle C10235/9016:380
J. DeBrusk LW00-100/0014:210
M. Grzelcyk D00020/0217:151
D. Heinen LW00-120/0013:360
D. Krejci C00-115/6015:520
T. Krug D01000/0019:421
K. Kuhlman RW01110/0012:592
S. Kuraly LW00-101/6012:172
J. Lauzon D00000/0517:412
B. Marchand LW11150/0018:361
C. McAvoy D01200/0023:080
D. Pastrnak RW02210/0016:480
C. Wagner RW00-110/1012:252
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
R. Andersson D01020/0024:010
M. Backlund C20035/7017:220
S. Bennett LW00-124/2011:581
T. Brodie D00010/0021:310
D. Dube RW00-120/0014:574
J. Gaudreau LW10030/0020:180
N. Hanifin D01030/0024:440
M. Jankowski C00011/2010:470
O. Kylington D00-100/0015:041
E. Lindholm C01003/4018:391
M. Lucic LW00-110/0016:254
A. Mangiapane LW00-111/1016:163
S. Monahan C00009/8019:310
T. Rieder RW01100/0009:330
D. Ryan C00015/0011:370
M. Stone D00000/0018:163
M. Tkachuk RW01010/0517:343
A. Yelesin D00-100/0012:132
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Halak (W)213180.85760:00
GOALIESSA
J. Halak (W)21
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Talbot (L)234190.82659:11
GOALIESSA
C. Talbot (L)23
Brad Marchand shot on goal (Wrist shot)
BOS:GoalsShots
CGY:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • BOS
        52.0GOAL Brad Marchand (Tip-in shot), Assists: Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • BOS
        12:20GOAL Charlie Coyle (Backhand shot), Assists: Karson Kuhlman and Anders Bjork
      • BOS
        06:12GOAL Patrice Bergeron (Wrist shot), Assists: David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand
      • CGY
        03:23GOAL Johnny Gaudreau (Backhand shot), Assist: Elias Lindholm
      • BOS
        02:58GOAL Patrice Bergeron (Backhand shot), Assists: David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy
      • CGY
        02:34GOAL Mikael Backlund (Snap shot), Assists: Tobias Rieder and Matthew Tkachuk
      • CGY
        20.0GOAL Mikael Backlund (Wrist shot), Assists: Rasmus Andersson and Noah Hanifin
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • BOS
        05:55Patrice Bergeron penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • CGY
        10:17Matthew Tkachuk penalty Fighting - 5 min.
      • BOS
        10:17Jeremy Lauzon penalty Fighting - 5 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • BOS
        06:33Matt Grzelcyk penalty Elbowing - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    BOS
    CGY
    Shots on Goal2321
    Goals in Power Play00
    Faceoff Wins2428
    Penalties31
    Major Penalties11
    Minor Penalties20
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    BOS
    Shots on Goal23
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins24
    Penalties3
    Major Penalties1
    Minor Penalties2
    Misconducts0
    123T
    BOS39-11-12
    3104
    CGY31-25-6
    3003
    STARS OF THE GAME
    17.4 %SHOT %14.3 %
    0.857 %SAVE %0.826 %
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    P. Bergeron C201313/6215:590
    A. Bjork RW01100/0015:283
    A. Blidh LW00010/0010:545
    B. Carlo D01-120/0021:431
    Z. Chara D00110/0020:380
    C. Coyle C10235/9016:380
    J. DeBrusk LW00-100/0014:210
    M. Grzelcyk D00020/0217:151
    D. Heinen LW00-120/0013:360
    D. Krejci C00-115/6015:520
    T. Krug D01000/0019:421
    K. Kuhlman RW01110/0012:592
    S. Kuraly LW00-101/6012:172
    J. Lauzon D00000/0517:412
    B. Marchand LW11150/0018:361
    C. McAvoy D01200/0023:080
    D. Pastrnak RW02210/0016:480
    C. Wagner RW00-110/1012:252
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    R. Andersson D01020/0024:010
    M. Backlund C20035/7017:220
    S. Bennett LW00-124/2011:581
    T. Brodie D00010/0021:310
    D. Dube RW00-120/0014:574
    J. Gaudreau LW10030/0020:180
    N. Hanifin D01030/0024:440
    M. Jankowski C00011/2010:470
    O. Kylington D00-100/0015:041
    E. Lindholm C01003/4018:391
    M. Lucic LW00-110/0016:254
    A. Mangiapane LW00-111/1016:163
    S. Monahan C00009/8019:310
    T. Rieder RW01100/0009:330
    D. Ryan C00015/0011:370
    M. Stone D00000/0018:163
    M. Tkachuk RW01010/0517:343
    A. Yelesin D00-100/0012:132
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Halak (W)213180.85760:00
    GOALIESSA
    J. Halak (W)21
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    C. Talbot (L)234190.82659:11
    GOALIESSA
    C. Talbot (L)23
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    BOS39-11-12
    3104
    CGY31-25-6
    3003
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    P. Bergeron C201313/6215:590
    A. Bjork RW01100/0015:283
    A. Blidh LW00010/0010:545
    B. Carlo D01-120/0021:431
    Z. Chara D00110/0020:380
    C. Coyle C10235/9016:380
    J. DeBrusk LW00-100/0014:210
    M. Grzelcyk D00020/0217:151
    D. Heinen LW00-120/0013:360
    D. Krejci C00-115/6015:520
    T. Krug D01000/0019:421
    K. Kuhlman RW01110/0012:592
    S. Kuraly LW00-101/6012:172
    J. Lauzon D00000/0517:412
    B. Marchand LW11150/0018:361
    C. McAvoy D01200/0023:080
    D. Pastrnak RW02210/0016:480
    C. Wagner RW00-110/1012:252
    Total4802324/289-20
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    R. Andersson D01020/0024:010
    M. Backlund C20035/7017:220
    S. Bennett LW00-124/2011:581
    T. Brodie D00010/0021:310
    D. Dube RW00-120/0014:574
    J. Gaudreau LW10030/0020:180
    N. Hanifin D01030/0024:440
    M. Jankowski C00011/2010:470
    O. Kylington D00-100/0015:041
    E. Lindholm C01003/4018:391
    M. Lucic LW00-110/0016:254
    A. Mangiapane LW00-111/1016:163
    S. Monahan C00009/8019:310
    T. Rieder RW01100/0009:330
    D. Ryan C00015/0011:370
    M. Stone D00000/0018:163
    M. Tkachuk RW01010/0517:343
    A. Yelesin D00-100/0012:132
    Total3502128/245-22
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Halak (W)213180.85760:00
    GOALIESSA
    J. Halak (W)21
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    C. Talbot (L)234190.82659:11
    GOALIESSA
    C. Talbot (L)23
    GOALS
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123T
      BOS39-11-12
      3104
      CGY31-25-6
      3003
      TEAM STATS
      4.02
      GF AVG
      2.80
      GA AVG
      1.02
      Power Play
      3.11
      GF AVG
      3.38
      GA AVG
      .64
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.