BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron each had two goals and an assist, Tuukka Rask earned his third shutout in four starts and the rampaging Boston Bruins cruised to a 9-0 blowout of the road-weary Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

The win was the ninth in 10 games for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have outscored the opposition 49-13 during that span, with Rask and Tim Thomas combining for four shutouts.

The Bruins won their previous home game 8-0 over Florida.
Rask, who stopped 25 shots for the 11th shutout of his career, has allowed one goal in his last four starts.

The Flames ended a seven-game road trip with their fifth straight loss, going 2-4-1 on the journey.
Calgary captain Jarome Iginla failed for the second straight game in his bid to become the NHL’s 42nd 500-goal scorer, the 15th to do it with one team. The Flames open a four-game homestand against Minnesota on Saturday.

Iginla was robbed by Rask midway through the second period, probably Rask’s toughest save of the game.

Any worries Bruins coach Claude Julien might have had about his team looking past Calgary toward Saturday’s meeting with Stanley Cup runner-up Vancouver were unfounded.


Five different Bruins had three points and three more had two.

Bergeron scored twice for the second straight night. David Krejci and Tyler Seguin each had a goal and two assists, and Benoit Pouliot added three assists. Milan Lucic, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille (short-handed) also scored for the Bruins.

Paille capped the outburst at 8:43 of the third and Bruins fans chanted “We want 10!” for the rest of the game.

The Bruins scored six times against goalie Leland Irving by the 4:15 mark of the second period, chasing the rookie as he took his first regulation loss in four NHL starts. Mikka Kiprusoff, who was supposed to get a rest, gave up the last three goals.

It took the Bruins just 1:14 to open the scoring, on Seguin’s goal, and it was 2-0 at the 3:17 mark when Calgary coach Brent Sutter used his timeout. It didn’t help. It was 3-0 at 8:59 and the Bruins then scored three times in the first 4:15 of the second.

Notes: Bruins left wing Brad Marchand was a late scratch with flulike symptoms. Zach Hamill took his place. With Marchand out, Seguin took the team lead in goals with 16. … The Bruins scored 47 seconds apart in the second period, the 13th time this season they have scored twice in less than a minute. … Zdeno Chara’s assist on the sixth goal was the 300th of his NHL career. … Thomas, voted in by fans as an All-Star starter, will make his fourth straight All-Star appearance. He was the winning goalie in the last three games. “It’s an honor obviously to be the No. 1 vote-getter for a goalie,” Thomas said. “Obviously, it hasn’t always been that way. I’ve been lucky enough to be on the three previous (All-Star teams). This is a little different scenario. I guess all I can say is I’m happy about it.” . Calgary’s Rene Bourque served the first game of a five-game NHL suspension for an elbow to the head of Washington’s Niklas Backstrom. … The Bruins played the second game of a stretch that calls for 12 games in 21 days leading up to the All-Star break. They hammered the Devils 6-1 on Wednesday night in New Jersey.

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