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Struggling Bruins try to turn things around vs. Flames

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

BRUINS (28-20-7) at FLAMES (31-22-3)

TV: NESN, SNW

Season series: The Boston Bruins won two games against the Calgary Flames last season. Goals from David Krejci and Reilly Smith 98 seconds apart sparked Boston to a 2-1 win on Dec. 10, 2013 at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bruins shut out the Flames a week later at TD Garden behind 21 saves from goalie Tuukka Rask.

Bruins team scope: After going 8-1-3 in January, Boston has lost four of its past five games, which has loosened its grip on the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins have lost three consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Dec. 1-4. They have not dropped four straight since March 10-15, 2012. "Right now we're forcing plays, especially in our zone," forward Patrice Bergeron told the Boston Herald after a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. "That's when we get in trouble and get back on our heels. The mistakes and the way that we're playing … we've got to turn this quickly." Rask allowed four goals Friday, the most since he gave up seven to the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 4.

Flames team scope: Calgary resumes its four-game homestand holding the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference two points ahead of the Minnesota Wild and three in front of the Los Angeles Kings. Coach Bob Hartley said the Flames are well aware of their place in the standings. "We would be major liars if we would say that we don't talk about the standings but I rarely go in front of my team and say, 'This is where we're sitting,'" Hartley said after practice Sunday. "The standings are right in the middle of the gym." Goalie Karri Ramo made 28 saves Saturday for his first win since Dec. 4 and will start against the Bruins. Ramo missed two weeks because of an upper-body injury and starts consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 4-6. Hartley will deploy the same lineup used in a win against Vancouver on Saturday. "Right now we have two goalies back healthy," Hartley said. "We're in good shape."

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