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Bruins at home present tough test for Flames

by Jon Lane

FLAMES (13-15-5) at BRUINS (22-9-2)


Last 10: Calgary 5-4-1; Boston 7-3-0

Season series: The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins play the second of two games. Jarome Iginla's return to Calgary highlighted the first game Dec. 10, when two goals in 98 seconds sparked the Bruins to a 2-1 win.

Big story: The Bruins are back at TD Garden, where they are 13-3-2 and 9-0-1 in their past 10 games while allowing 16 goals, and six of their next nine games are on home ice.

Already dealing with a slew of injuries, Boston was faced with the possibility of missing Iginla on Tuesday. Iginla injured his left ring finger during a fight with Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler on Saturday. He missed practice Monday because he was being evaluated by team doctors.

Iginla took the morning skate Tuesday and said he would play against the Flames. Despite the injury, he did return to finish the game Saturday.

"That just shows that he's a true warrior," Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara said. "He doesn't mind to play through the pain and that's what makes him the player he is."

The Flames were off Monday and arrived in Boston 1-0-1 on their five-game, eight-day road trip, and 7-8-2 away from Soctiabank Saddledome.

Team Scope:

Flames: Calgary couldn't hold a 3-2 lead after rookie center Sean Monahan scored at 4:44 of the third period Sunday at Madison Square Garden. A 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers ended the Flames' winning streak at two games despite two assists from Jiri Hudler and 29 saves from Karri Ramo.

"Thought we'd get it done in overtime, but we couldn't execute on the power play," captain Mark Giordano said. "We're not happy with the point. It should have been two. If you get a power play in overtime, you should win."

Bruins: Boston's otherwise successful road trip ended with a 6-2 loss to the Canucks on Saturday, a game that saw a flu-ridden Tuukka Rask allow four goals on 23 shots before being pulled for Chad Johnson.

"We've been through a lot this week, battling the flu. We came out of this road trip 3-1, so I can't complain," coach Claude Julien said. "I can't say enough honestly about how our guys battled through it all, and the score is unfortunate because it wasn't indicative of our effort and the character and the guts our guys showed."

Who's hot: Monahan scored in his second game back since sustaining a broken foot and has three goals in his past seven games … Rookie Reilly Smith scored both Bruins goals Saturday and has four goals and two assists in his past five games. Leading scorer David Krejci has two goals and four assists in his past five.

Injury report: Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman (broken hand) remains on injured reserve. Forward Mike Cammalleri (illness) is questionable. … Julien told reporters Bruins left wing Daniel Paille has "concussion-like symptoms" and forward Loui Eriksson (concussion) wasn't feeling well enough to make it to the team's practice facility Monday. "He hasn't even come to the rink," Julien said. "That's the only thing I can give you right now, which is not a good sign." Defensemen Adam McQuaid (lower body) and Dougie Hamilton (lower body) and forward Chris Kelly (broken ankle) are out of action.


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