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Bruins begin Canadian tour at Calgary

by Brian Compton
BRUINS (33-19-7) at FLAMES (31-22-8)

TV: NESN, SNET-Calgary.

Last 10: Boston 6-4-0; Calgary 7-1-2.

Season Series: This is the lone meeting between the teams. They haven't faced each other since March 27, 2010, when the Bruins beat the Flames 5-0 at TD Garden.

Big Story: Whether the games are played indoors or outdoors, the Calgary Flames continue to make a case to be a playoff team in the Western Conference. With Sunday's 4-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens at the Heritage Classic, the Flames now find themselves in a fifth-place tie with Nashville.

"It's just fun to be part of this and playing in front of these people, especially when you're sitting on the bench and you're looking out and seeing 40,000 people," said Flames forward Rene Bourque, who had a pair of goals at McMahon Stadium.

Team Scope:

Bruins: It's a big four-game road trip in Canada for these Bruins, who trail Tampa Bay by just two points for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston is coming off a 4-2 win against Ottawa on Friday night, the Bruins' second straight win.

"I think this team is pretty close as it is, but it will help being on the road for eight days," Bruins forward Gregory Campbell said. "If nothing else, we'll be sick of each other by the end of it."

Flames: It was a memorable day in Calgary on Sunday afternoon -- not just for the 40,000 fans who packed McMahon Stadium, but for the Flames, too. Not only did they get to return to their roots, but they also picked up two valuable points in the standings.

"This is a game that after my career I'm certainly going to cherish and remember," Flames forward Alex Tanguay said. "It's every day that for us as a player we get a chance to play regularly in front of 20,000 people, but it's not every day that you get to do it in front of the big stadium like that, in front of that many fans."

Who's Hot: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is 4-0 in his last four road starts, while forward David Krejci has 8 points in his last six games. Patrice Bergeron has 4 goals and 5 assists in the last 10 contests and 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in the last 21 games. The ageless Mark Recchi has 2 goals and 12 assists in his last 14 games.

Injury Report: Bruins center Marc Savard (concussion) is out for the season. … Calgary is without Adam Pardy (upper body), Raitis Ivanans (head) and Daymond Langkow (neck).

Stat Pack: With his two goals on Sunday, Bourque now has 100 for his career. Twenty of them have been scored this season.

Puck Drop: "It was pretty cold in the first ... those guys had it set pretty nice. It was warm and they were nice enough to give me some room to sit down. It helped a little bit." -- Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff on the Heritage Classic
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