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No. 11 puts on passing clinic as 3M line shines in win

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

No one other than newlywed bride Frida can vouch for hubby Mikael Backlund's etiquette in the kitchen and/or dining room.

But give him this: The man sure can set a table.

Dinner knife on the right, fork and napkin on the left, dessert spoon overtop the plate …

And the puck in Michael Frolik's wheelhouse.

Proprieties must be strictly observed.

Re-entering the fray after an unaccustomed night off in Denver as a healthy scratch, Frolik - the quiet, unassuming, consummate professional - received the best welcome back imaginable from 3M pal Mikael Backlund.

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The buzz around the locker room following a 5-2 win over the Bruins

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick /

Frolik on his two-goal game:

"It's definitely (been) a tough start for me, but I think that's hockey. There's highs and lows and I obviously didn't have the start I was looking for, but it's a long season and there's a lot of games ahead of us. I've just tried to work hard in practice and try to get better every day and hopefully it's going to turn around. Tonight was a good start and hopefully I can keep it going. ... Every time you score, your confidence goes higher and you feel more comfortable out there. That's how it felt tonight."

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Valimaki pots first NHL goal ... and it played out almost like he imagined

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick /

It was a moment 20 years in the making. 

Forever enshrined on a worn chunk of rubber - the clean, dimpled white tape serving as the backdrop for a note permanently emblazoned - Juuso Valimaki couldn't help but look upon his treasure, smile, and proudly display his latest achievement. 

'Juuso Valimaki - 1st NHL Goal,' it reads.

"It's awesome. Unbelievable, really," Valimaki said in the locker-room following an exciting Flames win - his goal standing as the winner in a 5-2 decision over the visiting Boston Bruins. 

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INFOGRAPHIC - 17.10.18

Stats from the Flames vs. Bruins tilt

by staff @NHLFlames /
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Frolik returns to lineup and shines, scoring twice in win over visiting Bruins

by TY PILSON @typilson /

We've all heard of the critically-acclaimed Johnny and Mony Show, a regular viewing staple for fans in these parts.

Wednesday evening at the Scotiabank Saddledome, it was an Emmy-worthy episode of the Backs and Fro Show that brought the crowd to its feet and helped the team get a W and improve to 4-2 on the season.

The theme song for the night? Reunited And It Feels So Good. 

Back after sitting out Saturday's win over the Avalanche and again skating alongside 3M linemates Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk, Michael Frolik - named the game's first star - scored a pair of goals and was a force right from the opening whistle as the Flames skated to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

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Frolik, Backlund and Tkachuk reunited tonight vs. Boston

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick /

Matching up with one of the most potent lines in hockey is no day at the beach. 

In fact, few jobs in the National Hockey League are as trying. 



Tonight, the '3M Line' reunites with that very duty in tow as the Flames host the blistering-hot Boston Bruins at the Scotiabank Saddledome. 

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QUOTABLES - 17.10.18

The buzz around the locker room ahead of tonight's game

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick /

Coach Peters on facing the 4-1 Bruins:

"They're 4-1, we're 3-2. If we win tonight, we're 4-2 and they're 4-2. ... That's the way I look at it. Good hockey team; we're a good team. Who's going to have the better team game? The team that plays the right way the longest is going to win."

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Jankowski to slot in between Neal and Bennett vs. Bruins

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

The evaluation process, Mark Jankowski realizes, is every bit as relentless as they're looking for him to be.

"Being out of the lineup always sucks,'' conceded the second-year Flames' centreman following Wednesday's morning skate. "But you've got to take it the right way.

"You can't sulk. That's not going to help anything.

"It's important you sit back and see what took you out of the lineup, correct it, and try to never let it happen again so when you get back in, you stay in."

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Calgary's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goalie for Wednesday's game vs. Boston

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

CALGARY - Flames head coach Bill Peters has confirmed Dillon Dube will not play in this evening's match-up against the Boston Bruins.

The rookie forward did not skate on Tuesday or this morning for maintenance reasons but Peters expects him to practice on Thursday.

Without Dube in the lineup, here are the projected lines, defence pairings and starting goaltender:

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The Flames host the Bruins on Wednesday evening

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

FLAMES (3-2-0) vs. BRUINS (4-1-0)

7:30 p.m. | TV: Sportsnet 360 | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

2018-19 Season Series: 0-0-0

All-time: 37-59-10-1-0

2018-19 Flames Home Record: 3-0-0

2018-19 Bruins Road Record: 1-1-0

2018-19 Leading Scorers:


Points - Johnny Gaudreau (8)
Goals - Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm (4)


Points - Patrice Bergeron (11)
Goals - David Pastrnak (7)

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