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Flames Prepare for B's

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – About midway through this morning’s half-hour skate at the TD Garden, Calgary Flames Head Coach Brent Sutter blew the whistle, inaugurating a 15-minute meeting before practice resumed and concluded at noon.

“We have a game to play tonight, so that’s what it’s about,” Sutter said. “We don’t want to be missing because we’re not as strong as we need to be. What I want to see from our team tonight is a combat level that’s acceptable.”

The Flames (18-18-5) will battle with the Bruins (25-10-1), and will be looking to pick up the win on their last stop on a grueling, seven-game road streak.

But Calgary defender Jay Bouwmeester said he has his sights set on beating the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, rather than returning home to the Scotiabank Saddledome, which is currently hosting the World Juniors tournament.

“We have to win some games, that’s our focus right now,” Bouwmeester said. “We’re kind of on the end of a long road trip so we’re trying to end it on a good note – but we just got to find a way to win. We know what they’re expecting – we know we have to play well.”

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla said that tonight’s game is an opportunity for a big-time energy swing – one that can help the Flames snap their four-game losing streak.

“It’s a good challenge for us, and anytime you can get a game like this is big for momentum,” Iginla said. “Playing as well as they are this year, [the Bruins have] definitely been a force.

“You look forward to it as competitors, and trying to knock them off and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”

---Anthony Gulizia

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