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GAME: Boston Bruins (11-15-6) at Calgary Flames (18-9-4).

TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.

The Calgary Flames should be well rested as they seek a third straight victory in a matchup with the last-place Boston Bruins.

The Flames haven't played since defeating the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in overtime last Saturday. Daymond Langkow scored the winning goal off a rebound with 1:22 remaining in the extra period as Calgary improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games.

Robyn Regehr intercepted a clearing pass at the Ottawa blue line and passed it to Jordan Leopold, who fired a shot that was stopped by Senators goalie Ray Emery before Langkow put the rebound in for his team-leading fourth game-winning goal.

"I saw the puck go over to Leo at the point and I just tried to get in front of Emery and actually ended up getting two rebounds," said Langkow, who has five goals in his last four games.

Tony Amonte scored his 400th career goal as Calgary overcame a third-period deficit and improved to 10-1-1 in its last 12 home games. It was Calgary's third game in five nights and the Flames are now returning from their longest layoff of the season.

"Our team viewed it as a very important game, a test against a big power from the East, so it's an important win for us," Flames defenseman Andrew Ference said.

Boston is also coming off a one-goal win, 3-2 at Minnesota on Thursday, that snapped the team's three-game losing streak. Marco Sturm, like Langkow, was in the right place at the right time as he was credited with the winning goal midway through the third period.

David Tanabe took a shot that glanced off Sturm's right thigh and into the net, giving the Bruins just their fourth victory in 16 games.

Sturm, acquired in the deal that sent Joe Thornton to San Jose on Nov. 30, has four goals in six games with Boston.

"I feel good," Sturm said. "We struggled big time in San Jose, so that was not fun. (The trade) worked out good."

Andrew Raycroft turned aside 29 shots, including a save on former Bruin Brian Rolston on a short-handed breakaway in the second period, to win for the first time in five starts.

Raycroft, the 2003-04 Calder Trophy winner, is 0-2 with a 4.80 goals-against average in his career against Calgary.

STANDINGS: Bruins - 28 points, 5th place, 18 PB, Northeast Division. Flames - 40 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Sergei Samsonov, 13 goals and 26 points; Brad Boyes, 14 assists; Jiri Slegr, 48 PIM. Flames - Jarome Iginla, 13 goals, 14 assists and 27 points; Darren McCarty, 53 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins - Power play: 17.7 percent (32 for 180), 14th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82 percent (165 for 201), 20th. Flames - Power play: 15.2 percent (29 for 190), 23rd (tied). Penalty killing: 82.1 percent (156 for 190), 18th (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Raycroft (5-12-2, 3.38 GAA); Hannu Toivonen (6-3-4, 1 SO, 3.07). Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (15-8-4, 4, 2.14); Philippe Sauve (3-1-0, 2.32).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Flames, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 18, 2003; Flames, 5-0. At Boston, Iginla had two goals as the Flames scored five times on their first nine shots against Raycroft.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 6-9-4 on the road; Flames - 11-2-2 at home.

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