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Tuesday, December 17th
(All times Eastern)
Calgary Flames (13-15-5) at Boston Bruins (22-9-2), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins aim to rebound from a lopsided loss
when they host the traveling Calgary Flames for Tuesday's battle at TD Garden.
Boston, which holds a three-point lead over Montreal for first place in the
Atlantic Division, had matched a season high with four straight wins before
getting dealt a 6-2 setback Saturday in Vancouver. It was the lone loss for
the Bruins on a five-game road trip and just their second defeat in the past
eight games overall.
Henrik Sedin posted a goal and an assist to lead the Canucks offense while
Roberto Luongo made 39 saves for the win. Reilly Smith scored both goals for
the Bruins, who were visiting Vancouver for the first time since June 15,
2011, when Boston took a 4-0 victory in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to
claim the franchise's first championship since 1972.
Tuukka Rask was touched for four goals on 23 shots on Saturday before getting
pulled early in the second period. Chad Johnson gave up two goals on seven
shots in relief.
"The final score was much different from the way I felt our team played," said
Bruins coach Claude Julien. "They capitalized on their chances and we didn't."
Boston is 13-3-2 on home ice this season and is hosting Calgary just one week
after beating the Flames on the road last Tuesday. The Bruins won that game
2-1 in regulation after rallying for two goals in the third period. Smith
potted the game-winner with 4:33 left to play for Boston, a mere 98 seconds
after David Krejci recorded the equalizer with the Bruins on the power play.
Last week's encounter also marked Boston forward Jarome Iginla's return to
Calgary, a city where the former Flames star spent 16 memorable seasons.
Iginla injured his finger in a fight with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler on Saturday,
but is expected to play tonight.
Boston has claimed four straight and five of the last six meetings with the
Flames. Calgary has dropped three in a row and five of the last six encounters
The Flames opened their current five-game road trip with Saturday's win in
Buffalo, but they dropped a shootout decision the following night in New York
City. The 4-3 setback against the New York Rangers denied Calgary its first
three-game winning streak of the season.
Benoit Pouliot recorded the winner in the seventh round of the shootout for
the Rangers on Sunday. Pouliot began the deciding round by using several stick
fakes to pull Karri Ramo out of position, and, as he slid to the left post,
directed the puck inside the right pipe. New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist
then sealed the win by stopping Mikael Backlund.
Backlund, Curtis Glencross and Sean Monahan lit the lamp in regulation for the
Flames, while Ramo made 29 saves in defeat.
Calgary fell to 7-8-2 on the road this season. The Flames will continue their
swing Thursday in Detroit before capping the trip Saturday in Pittsburgh.
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