Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marchand Scores League-Leading 36th Goal, Bruins Snap Flames' 10-Game Win Streak

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marchand Scores League-Leading 36th Goal, Bruins Snap Flames' 10-Game Win Streak

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Bruins snap Flames' win streak at 10

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CALGARY - David Backes gave his team some relief when he returned from a potential injury. He then gave them a lift just a few minutes later.

On his second shift upon returning from the Bruins medical room, Backes scored the game-winning goal as Boston defeated Calgary 5-2 on Wednesday to end the Flames' 10-game winning streak.

"It's maybe scary at the time, but you get back with the training staff and they rub it and kiss it and make it feel better and you're able to return to the game," said Backes, who appeared to hurt his knee early in the night when got tied up with Flames defenceman Mark Giordano and slid into the corner boards.

But he returned seven minutes into the second period and at 11:03, he took a pass from David Krejci on a 3-on-2 and whipped a wrist shot over the glove of Chad Johnson.

"It's going to take a little more than that to keep him out," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "He got some treatment in between periods and told us he was going to give it a try and it worked out well for us.

"He scored a big goal for us and played some key shifts for us down the stretch."

Cassidy improved to 12-3-0 since taking over for the fired Claude Julien.

Scoring Boston's first goal to tie it 1-1 in the first period and also adding an empty netter was David Pastrnak, who has 30 goals on the season.

The 20-year-old Czech says playing with the likes of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Krejci sure helps.

"It's just great and easy for me to play with those kind of players," Pastrnak said.

Brad Marchand, with his league-leading 36th goal, and Matt Beleskey also scored for Boston (38-26-6). The Bruins fourth straight win moves them to within three points of the second-place Ottawa Senators in the Atlantic Division.

Marchand has 26 goals in his last 29 games.

Alex Chiasson and Dougie Hamilton replied for Calgary (39-27-4). …

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