Best of 7 series tied 1-1
BOS: Marchand (12)
CGY: Monahan (12)
BOS: Bergeron (17)
CGY: Andersson/Backlund (14)
BOS: Bergeron/Marchand (22)
CGY: Monahan (22)
BOS: Rask (12-5-1) 2.61 GAA .918 SV% 2 SO
CGY: Rittich (14-4-1) 2.91 GAA .918 SV% 2 SO
Calgary Flames 4 - Boston Bruins 3
1st: 1:25 SHG- Jankowski (4) (Backlund , Hamonic ), 7:41 PPG- Mangiapane (10) (Gustafsson , Backlund )
2nd: 3:46- Mangiapane (11) (Ryan , Andersson )
3rd: 7:34- Ryan (6) (Lucic , Hamonic )
1st: 9:41- Bergeron (5) (Marchand , Pastrnak ), 18:03- DeBrusk (5) (Bergeron , Marchand )
2nd: 1:12- McAvoy (2) (Pastrnak , Marchand )
Facing down a potential 2-0 hole to start the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flames knew they had to get a victory in Boston to really have a shot in the series. They did just that by edging out a 4-3 win over the Bruins in Game 2.
The Flames got off to a great start less than 90 seconds into the tilt when Mark Jankowski scored a shorthanded goal off a one-timer after an early penalty to Elias Lindholm. Jankowski’s shot beat Tuukka Rask over the glove with assists going to Mikael Backlund and Travis Hamonic.
Mark Jankowski's 4th of the playoffs makes it 1-0 early! pic.twitter.com/H40rxBZEWQ— x - Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) May 28, 2020
The Flames would add to to their lead later in the period on a powerplay of their own thanks to a nice passing play off the initial faceoff. Backlund would win the draw back to Eric Gustafsson who would immediatley feed Andrew Mangiapane in the slot and he would snap the puck past Rask.
Mangiapane continues his amazing playoff run with a PP goal! pic.twitter.com/VC3IVk1LJd— x - Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) May 28, 2020
Boston would get back into the game just a few minutes later with Patrice Bergeron finding some room inthe slot and beating David Rittich low on his blocker side. It was the second game in a row that Bergeron opened the scoring for the Bruins and it was now 2-1.
The Bruins would continue to press throughout the rest of the first period, eventually breaking through a second time when Jake Debrusk beat Rittich from in tight to tie the game heading to the first intermission.
Boston would carry the momentum over to the second period as Charlie McAvoy would give Boston their first lead of the game early in the period. Brad Marchand would set up a great screen in front of Rittich who couldn’t catch even a glimpse of the point shot as it beat him. Boston’s third unanswered goal gave them a 3-2 lead.
Calgary would stop the Bruins momentum there however as Mangiapane would tally his second goal of the night just a few minutes later. The original shot from Derek Ryan was kicked out by Rask, but right onto Mangiapane’s tape and he made no mistake in scoring his 11th of the playoffs.
Mangiapane has 11 goals in these playoffs! pic.twitter.com/35woF44KUq— x - Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) May 28, 2020
Neither team would score again in the second period as they headed to the third period tied at 3.
Derek Ryan would put the Flames ahead seven and a half minutes into the third by getting to the greasy area in front of the Bruins net and sliding home a loose puck. Ryan’s sixth goal of the playoffs gave the Flames a 4-3 lead, a lead they would not give up for the rest of the game.
Ryan gives Calgary the lead in the 3rd. pic.twitter.com/mrptfzrXYT— x - Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) May 28, 2020
Boston would be stopped on a number of late chances including a few with their goalie pulled, and the Flames would even the series up at 1-1. Game 3 will be on Friday night from Calgary.
Flame of the Game
Andrew Mangiapane (F): Yet another standout performance for the young Flame winger. He continues to outperform his overall in the game, and here’s hoping he can carry it over to the real life playoffs whenever they occur.