Bergeron, Nash leads Bruins past Flames 5-2

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins made up for a slow start with an impressive finish.

Patrice Bergeron played a key role.

Bergeron score two of Boston's three goals in the third period, and the Bruins pulled away from the Calgary Flames for a 5-2 win on Tuesday night.

Boston held Calgary to 17 shots in the last 40 minutes and scored four straight goals after falling behind 2-1.

''We played much more to our style of play, how we want to wear teams down and eventually get our looks,'' coach Bruce Cassidy said.

''That's essentially what we asked our group to be after the first period. Let's just play hard, get back to competing hard and winning pucks, getting there first. If you're not getting there first, arrive ornery and I thought we did a good job.''

Riley Nash also scored twice and David Backes had two assists for the Bruins, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Zdeno Chara had an empty-net goal and Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots.

''I thought the last 40 minutes were the way we want to play,'' Bergeron said. ''That's heavy team that's got a lot of skills. It's going to happen. You're not going to dominate and be at your best all the time.''

Calgary had won four of five. Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Flames, and David Rittich had 35 saves.

Down 4-2, the Flames gambled by pulling Rittich for an extra skater and Chara made them play with an end-to-end shot with 3:46 left to play.

After coming up empty on five power-play opportunities, the Flames felt they cost themselves a chance at a point or two in the fifth of six straight on the road.

''We've just got to better obviously on special teams,'' said Flames captain Mark Giordano, who assisted on Gaudreau's goal. ''We had our looks on the power play. We had some good kills early but at the end of the day not good enough.''

The Flames wrap up the long trip Thursday at Nashville.

Boston jumped in front on Nash's ninth goal just 28 seconds into the game, but Bennett got his eighth of the season at 2:03 and Gaudreau stuffed in a rebound at 9:12 to put Calgary up 2-1.

Nash tied it with 3:40 left in the second, and Boston regained the lead 1:15 into the third period when Bergeron scored on the power play. Bergeron took a long pass through center ice from Torey Krug and beat Rittich with a wrist shot to the stick side.

It was the 26th goal of the season for Bergeron, who added No. 27 at 9:19 when he tipped in a shot from Brad Marchand after blocking a shot in Boston's own zone and starting the Bruins on an odd-man rush the other way.

''You always try to take care of the D-zone first and then you can think offense,'' Bergeron said. ''Obviously after that we were able to sustain some pressure and eventually get the goal.''

NOTES: Nash's two goals gave him 10 for the season, tying the career high he set with Carolina in 2013-2014. ... The Bruins honored the 40th anniversary of the 1977-78 lineup that featured 11 players who scored 20 or more goals. Ten members of the team were introduced in a pregame ceremony along with former coach Don Cherry. ... Rittich was making just his 11st start of the season. G Mike Smith is day to day with a lower-body injury that forced him to leave Sunday's win against the Islanders in New York with 2 seconds remaining. ... The Flames were without F Troy Brouwer, placed on injured reserve Monday with an upper-body injury.

UP NEXT

Flames: Visit Nashville on Thursday night.

Bruins: Open a five-game trip at Vancouver on Saturday night.

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123T
CGY29-20-8
2002
BOS35-12-8
1135
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Backlund C00-317/13016:312
S. Bennett C10130/1013:082
T. Brodie D00-120/0021:331
M. Ferland LW00-210/0016:586
M. Frolik RW00-320/0413:040
J. Gaudreau LW10-120/0023:240
M. Giordano D01-140/0026:352
D. Hamilton D00-260/0023:193
T. Hamonic D00110/0020:592
G. Hathaway RW01120/0011:599
M. Jankowski C00016/3011:091
B. Kulak D00010/0011:520
C. Lazar RW00110/1009:572
R. Lomberg LW00000/0008:583
S. Monahan C00-1114/10220:320
M. Stajan C01112/2013:022
M. Stone D00-100/0215:520
M. Tkachuk LW00-110/1015:352
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
N. Acciari C00121/0014:054
D. Backes C02213/0013:335
P. Bergeron C200613/6019:560
B. Carlo D00-120/0022:022
Z. Chara D10120/0221:491
J. DeBrusk LW00-110/0012:251
M. Grzelcyk D01020/0014:321
D. Heinen LW00110/0010:451
D. Krejci C00026/7016:261
T. Krug D01130/0019:415
S. Kuraly C00023/7212:181
B. Marchand LW01030/1219:150
C. McAvoy D01320/0018:270
A. McQuaid D00000/0017:493
R. Nash C20234/7014:330
D. Pastrnak LW00-120/0212:022
T. Schaller LW01230/0215:000
R. Spooner C00031/1015:222
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Rittich (L)3943559:21
GOALIESSA
D. Rittich (L)39
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
T. Rask (W)3022860:00
GOALIESSA
T. Rask (W)30
:GoalsShots
:GoalsShots
    TEAM STATS
    Shots on Goal00
    Goals in Power Play00
    Faceoff Wins00
    Penalties00
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties00
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    Shots on Goal0
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins0
    Penalties0
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties0
    Misconducts0
    123T
    CGY29-20-8
    2002
    BOS35-12-8
    1135
    STARS OF THE GAME
    0%SHOT %0%
    0%SAVE %0%
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    M. Backlund C00-317/13016:312
    S. Bennett C10130/1013:082
    T. Brodie D00-120/0021:331
    M. Ferland LW00-210/0016:586
    M. Frolik RW00-320/0413:040
    J. Gaudreau LW10-120/0023:240
    M. Giordano D01-140/0026:352
    D. Hamilton D00-260/0023:193
    T. Hamonic D00110/0020:592
    G. Hathaway RW01120/0011:599
    M. Jankowski C00016/3011:091
    B. Kulak D00010/0011:520
    C. Lazar RW00110/1009:572
    R. Lomberg LW00000/0008:583
    S. Monahan C00-1114/10220:320
    M. Stajan C01112/2013:022
    M. Stone D00-100/0215:520
    M. Tkachuk LW00-110/1015:352
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    N. Acciari C00121/0014:054
    D. Backes C02213/0013:335
    P. Bergeron C200613/6019:560
    B. Carlo D00-120/0022:022
    Z. Chara D10120/0221:491
    J. DeBrusk LW00-110/0012:251
    M. Grzelcyk D01020/0014:321
    D. Heinen LW00110/0010:451
    D. Krejci C00026/7016:261
    T. Krug D01130/0019:415
    S. Kuraly C00023/7212:181
    B. Marchand LW01030/1219:150
    C. McAvoy D01320/0018:270
    A. McQuaid D00000/0017:493
    R. Nash C20234/7014:330
    D. Pastrnak LW00-120/0212:022
    T. Schaller LW01230/0215:000
    R. Spooner C00031/1015:222
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    D. Rittich (L)3943559:21
    GOALIESSA
    D. Rittich (L)39
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    T. Rask (W)3022860:00
    GOALIESSA
    T. Rask (W)30
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    CGY29-20-8
    2002
    BOS35-12-8
    1135
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    M. Backlund C00-317/13016:312
    S. Bennett C10130/1013:082
    T. Brodie D00-120/0021:331
    M. Ferland LW00-210/0016:586
    M. Frolik RW00-320/0413:040
    J. Gaudreau LW10-120/0023:240
    M. Giordano D01-140/0026:352
    D. Hamilton D00-260/0023:193
    T. Hamonic D00110/0020:592
    G. Hathaway RW01120/0011:599
    M. Jankowski C00016/3011:091
    B. Kulak D00010/0011:520
    C. Lazar RW00110/1009:572
    R. Lomberg LW00000/0008:583
    S. Monahan C00-1114/10220:320
    M. Stajan C01112/2013:022
    M. Stone D00-100/0215:520
    M. Tkachuk LW00-110/1015:352
    Total-------
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    N. Acciari C00121/0014:054
    D. Backes C02213/0013:335
    P. Bergeron C200613/6019:560
    B. Carlo D00-120/0022:022
    Z. Chara D10120/0221:491
    J. DeBrusk LW00-110/0012:251
    M. Grzelcyk D01020/0014:321
    D. Heinen LW00110/0010:451
    D. Krejci C00026/7016:261
    T. Krug D01130/0019:415
    S. Kuraly C00023/7212:181
    B. Marchand LW01030/1219:150
    C. McAvoy D01320/0018:270
    A. McQuaid D00000/0017:493
    R. Nash C20234/7014:330
    D. Pastrnak LW00-120/0212:022
    T. Schaller LW01230/0215:000
    R. Spooner C00031/1015:222
    Total-------
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    D. Rittich (L)3943559:21
    GOALIESSA
    D. Rittich (L)39
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    T. Rask (W)3022860:00
    GOALIESSA
    T. Rask (W)30

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    CGY29-20-8
    2002
    BOS35-12-8
    1135
    TEAM STATS
    .00
    GF AVG
    .00
    GA AVG
    .00
    Power Play
    .00
    GF AVG
    .00
    GA AVG
    .00
    Power Play
    All times are US/Eastern.