BOSTON - Any fears that Bruins coach Claude Julien might have had about his team looking past Calgary and toward a Stanley Cup rematch with Vancouver were quickly laid to rest Thursday night.
Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron each had two goals and an assist, Tuukka Rask earned his third shutout in four starts and the rampaging Bruins cruised to a 9-0 blowout of the road-weary Calgary Flames.
"To be honest with you, no one talked about Saturday in the dressing room. We were all worried about tonight," Bergeron said. "That's the approach we've had all year and now our next job is Saturday—so now we really have to worry about them. It's going to be a tough game, so tomorrow we need a good practice and be ready for that."
Boston beat the Canucks in seven games last year in the Stanley Cup finals and Saturday is the only time the teams will play during the regular season.
"We have to approach it as the next big game for us," said Bergeron, who had four goals and an assist as the Bruins beat the Devils and Flames by a combined 15-1 the past two nights. "That's the way we've been approaching every game all year and it's the same thing again."
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.
After the game, coach Brent Sutter made his players sit and face the media right away after their dreadful performance.
"It was embarrassing," Iginla said. "We got totally outworked and outcompeted. We got pushed off the puck all night and we were terrible. One of the worst games in memory."
FLYERS 5, BLACKHAWKS 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ James van Riemsdyk's second goal on the power play with 32.8 seconds remaining lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane scored 25 seconds apart late in the third period to tie it, but van Riemsdyk made sure the Flyers shook off the disappointment from their Winter Classic loss.
Scott Hartnell, Harry Zolnierczyk and van Riemsdyk scored goals in a span of 4:20 in the second period, and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Flyers against Ray Emery in his first game back in Philadelphia.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves to earn his first win since Dec. 13.
Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago. It was the Blackhawks' first game in Philadelphia since skating off the ice with the Stanley Cup after their overtime victory in Game 6 of the finals on June 9, 2010.
RANGERS 3, PANTHERS 2, OT
NEW YORK (AP)—Marian Gaborik scored 3:29 into overtime for New York, which outlasted Florida and moved to the top of the NHL standings with its eighth win in nine games.
Gaborik took a drop pass from Derek Stepan in the high slot and slapped in a drive for his 23rd goal of the season. New York (25-9-4) stayed one point ahead of Boston in the Eastern Conference, but jumped one point in front of West-leading Vancouver, which was idle.
Martin Biron, starting for the fourth time in nine games to give No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist a lighter workload, made 19 saves. Defenceman Anton Stralman and captain Ryan Callahan also scored for the Rangers, who showed no ill effects coming back to play indoors after their Winter Classic victory at Philadelphia on Monday.
Marcel Goc and Mike Santorelli scored goals, Mikael Samuelsson had two assists and Scott Clemmensen stopped 38 shots for the Southeast Division-leading Panthers, 0-2-3 in their last five road games—including two losses at Madison Square Garden.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, JETS 0
TORONTO (AP)—Jonas Gustavsson stopped 24 shots for his second career shutout to lead Toronto past Winnipeg.
Phil Kessel, Tim Connolly, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur scored.
Gustavsson's previous NHL shutout came as a rookie in December 2009, when he stopped 25 shots in a victory over Boston. He had made 65 appearances since then.
SENATORS 4, LIGHTNING 1
OTTAWA (AP)—Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and two assists, Craig Anderson made 35 saves and Ottawa beat Tampa Bay to extend its winning streak to four games.
Alfredsson got his second assist on Zack Smith's goal at 16:34 that made it 3-1. Alfredsson scored into an empty net at 19:07.
Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist, and Jason Spezza and Zack Smith also scored for Ottawa.
Earlier in the day, Alfredsson and Spezza were among four Senators players elected by fans to the all-star game Jan. 29 in Ottawa. Defenceman Erik Karlsson led all vote-getters, and forward Milan Michalek also was chosen.
Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 28th goal 8:48 into the third to draw Tampa Bay within 2-1. Stamkos, who has scored eight times during a five-game goal streak, ruined Anderson's bid for the Senators' first shutout of the season.
BLUES 4, OILERS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Matt D'Agostini capped a three-goal surge early in the third period and Carlo Colaiacovo had three assists, rallying St. Louis past Edmonton.
D'Agositini scored the game-winner at 8:59. It was the third goal of the period for St. Louis, answering Edmonton's three-goal outburst in the second.
Alex Pietrangelo connected on a slap shot 19 seconds into the third and the Blues tied it at 3-3 when David Backes scored at 1:48, both on the power play. Chris Stewart also had a goal for St. Louis, in the first period.
The Blues won for the ninth time in their last 10 home games. St. Louis is 16-3-2 at home, best in the NHL.
Taylor Hall, Ben Eager and Jordan Eberle scored for the Oilers, who are 6-15-1 on the road. Edmonton fell to 1-5 on a season-long, seven-game trip.
STARS 4, PREDATORS 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Mike Ribeiro scored two goals in the first period and Dallas beat Nashville, ruining the return of Predators captain Shea Weber from a concussion.
Weber had missed four games since being hurt Dec. 23 in a loss at Dallas in a collision with Stars defenceman Mark Fistric. The Predators had a franchise-record seventh straight sellout for Weber's return.
But Ribeiro scored twice with Loui Eriksson assisting on both. Jamie Benn added a goal and an assist and Adam Burish had a goal as the Stars won for the second time in two meetings with the Predators this season.
Gabriel Bourque scored his first NHL goal for Nashville, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
SHARKS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Joe Thornton scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period of his 500th game with San Jose and the Sharks went on to beat Columbus for their third straight win.
Ryane Clowe added a power-play goal, Jason Demers had two assists and Thomas Greiss made 23 saves in his first game since Dec. 3 as the Sharks followed up road wins over nemesis Vancouver and Anaheim with one against the NHL's worst team.
Vinny Prospal scored and Curtis Sanford made 37 saves for the Blue Jackets, who lost for the 18th time in 20 games at San Jose.
KINGS 1, COYOTES 0, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Jonathan Quick tied a career best with his NHL-leading sixth shutout and defenceman Drew Doughty scored during a goalmouth scramble 38 seconds into overtime to lift Los Angeles over Phoenix.
Quick made 22 saves in his 20th career shutout, his seventh by a 1-0 score. The Kings, who came in with a league-low 87 goals, were held to fewer than three in regulation for the 18th time in 20 games. But they still haven't lost in regulation (5-0-3) since Darryl Sutter replaced Terry Murray as coach.
Mike Smith made 27 saves for the Coyotes, who have lost six of seven and were shut out for the fifth time.
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