Johnson burns former team, Bruins lose to Flames, 2-1

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BOSTON – The Bruins are getting pretty predictable of as late. 

It’s pretty much a case of “watch David Pastrnak score a goal” and then hope that’s enough to hold on for a win behind a defense missing their most dominant defender. It wasn’t enough Thursday night in Ottawa and it wasn’t quite enough again in a Black Friday night matchup with Calgary as the Bruins dropped a 2-1 decision to the Flames at TD Garden. 

The Calgary game-winner was disappointing for the Bruins as it arrived mere seconds after David Pastrnak had tied things up in the third period on his 12th goal of the season in 16 games. In this case it was the Joe Morrow-Kevan Miller duo victimized on the ice by some slick passing from Sam Bennett behind the Boston net, and Anton Khudobin losing track of the puck before Alex Chiasson buried it past him before he could recover. 

Bennett also started the scoring for the Flames in the first period as he blocked a Miller zone entry attempt, and then was on the receiving end of a stretch pass behind Morrow and Miller for an easy breakaway goal. The Bruins offense recovered a bit from a paltry opening period with five shots on net and eventually tied things up in the third period on Pastrnak’s goal while hanging around the front of the net, but they couldn’t get another puck past former B’s goalie Chad Johnson. 

They actually did get another past Johnson in the second period after Brad Marchand and Mark Giordano crashed into the Calgary goalie playing a puck way outside the crease area, but the Bergeron goal was waved off on video review. 

Instead Johnson made 35 saves against the Bruins, and continued what’s been a pretty good season for him with his hometown Calgary Flames. 

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