CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames gave a warm welcome to former franchise face Jarome Iginla. The Boston Bruins weren't nearly as nice to the Flames.
In his first game in Calgary since leaving in a trade last March, Iginla -- who played 16 seasons with the Flames and served as captain for nine of them -- returned Tuesday night to a touching video tribute and several standing ovations from a sellout crowd of 19,289 fans.
He received another standing ovation after being named the game's Third Star, with the entire Bruins team remaining on the bench. The only thing Iginla, the all-time Flames leader in games played (1,219), goals (525) and points (1,095), didn't so was score a goal.
Those came from David Krejci and Reilly Smith, who scored in a 1:37 span in the third period to give the Bruins a 2-1 win. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves to give the Bruins two wins in as many games on a four-game trip.
After being outshot 22-9 through 40 minutes, the Bruins flipped the switch in the third.
With former Bruins first rounder Joe Colborne in the penalty box for delay of game, Krejci deflected Torey Krug's point shot behind Reto Berra at 13:49 to tie the game 1-1.
With 4:34 remaining in regulation, Smith beat Berra again, streaking down the wing before lifting a shot over the glove of the Flames' goaltender to put the Bruins ahead to stay.
Iginla had a chance at the empty net with Berra on the bench for the extra skater, but had his shot blocked by Kris Russell.
Boston's quick strikes came after an outpouring of offense that saw the Bruins record eight shots in the first seven minutes of the period.
Though the Flames started the third with the power play, the best chance came on Boston's side seconds after Matt Fraser finished serving a too-many-men call. Fraser was sprung on a 1-on-1 with Russell and ripped a shot to the top corner that Berra gloved just 1:28 in.
That save was followed by seven more from Berra, including one on a Zdeno Chara redirect with the Bruins on the man advantage.
Inspired by the presence of their former captain -- whose nine-year tenure with the "C" is the longest in franchise history -- the Flames came out firing in the first.
After Iginla failed to open the scoring on his chance in close on Berra near the midway mark of the period, Calgary went to work.
With Matt Bartkowski off for holding, the Flames fired on Rask with little regard. He first made a quick leg save off current captain Mark Giordano, who slid down from the point and buried a one-timer into the left pad just 10 seconds into the man advantage. Twenty-seven seconds later, Stempniak took a pass from Hudler and slid a shot that trickled under the Bruins' goaltender and wide. Mikael Backlund and David Jones fared no better on the power play after Rask flashed his left pad on successive saves to complete the kill.
Iginla had a final opportunity to put the Bruins up heading into the intermission but his slap shot with nine seconds remaining was turned aside by Berra.
Hudler finally put the Flames on the board 5:17 into the second period. He streaked down the wing against Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and ripped a shot from the faceoff dot that dipped under Rask's glove.
With a little luck on his side, Rask kept the Flames at bay afterwards despite being outshot 11-4 in the period.
He was quick to flash the pad when the puck bounced to Mike Cammalleri in the high slot near the midway mark of the period before getting some help from the goal post after Cammalleri uncorked a shot from the slot after Lee Stempniak's setup.
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