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Bruins' Iginla returns to Calgary to face Flames

by Davis Harper

BRUINS (20-8-2) at FLAMES (11-14-4)


Last 10: Boston 7-2-1; Calgary 5-4-1

Season series: This is first of two games this season between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. The Bruins defeated the Flames 9-0 in their most recent game Jan. 5, 2012.

Big story: Jarome Iginla will return to Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time since he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 27. Iginla spent 16 seasons in Calgary, where he remains the all-time franchise leader in games played (1,219), points (1,095) and goals (525).

Iginla, 36, is still earning his ironman reputation. As the Bruins adjust to a young roster decimated by injuries, Iginla is one of just six players on the team to have played all 30 games. There is little doubt that his veteran leadership has helped Boston thrive, winning six of its past eight despite an often makeshift lineup.

"For me, it feels like coming home," Iginla said Monday. "To see family, friends, familiar faces honestly it's just trying to enjoy it. I want to play, want to play well and win."

"It's great to be back, it felt good, right from coming in. You know, landing, to getting on the ice, it's only been a few hours, but it's been fun."

Calgary is also playing solid hockey of late, with wins in three of four, including an overtime victory Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers. However, the Flames will need more points to gain traction in the crowded Pacific Division.

Team scope:

Bruins: Boston barely skipped a beat Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. In their first trip to Air Canada Centre since the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug each had power-play goals, and defenseman Kevan Miller's first career goal proved to be the game-winner in the Bruins' 5-2 victory.

“Those are big shoes to fill in Thorty [Shawn Thornton] and Loui [Loui Eriksson] and Kells [Chris Kelly],” Matt Fraser told the Bruins website. “And our job is to step in and do what we can and kind of push ourselves. I think the biggest thing about having young guys in the lineup is we bring energy and we can definitely do that."

Miller, who received his call-up after injuries to starting defensemen Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk, may take on an even bigger role after Dougie Hamilton left the game Sunday in the first period with a lower-body injury.

Flames: Against Edmonton on Saturday, Lee Stempniak gave Calgary an early lead that stood until Taylor Hall evened it with 11 seconds left in regulation. The Flames rebounded in overtime when an under-the-weather Jiri Hudler netted the game-winner.

"I was very, very impressed with our team," coach Bob Hartley said. "We battled for 60-plus minutes. Even when they got the tying goal, I could feel the disappointment on the bench, but I told them, 'We played so good, just keep going.'”

Reto Berra, who made 30 saves and came close to his first NHL shutout, will start Tuesday against Boston.

Who's hot: Bruins backup goaltender Chad Johnson won his fourth straight start Sunday in Toronto. … Hudler has a goal and three assists in a three-game point streak.

Injury report: Hamilton (lower body), Eriksson (concussion) and Johnny Boychuk (sprained back) are out indefinitely. Kelly (fractured right fibula) and McQuaid (lower body) are on injured reserve. … Curtis Glencross (sprained MCL), Sean Monahan (fractured foot), Dennis Wideman (broken hand) and T.J. Galiardi (back spasms) are on injured reserve. Galiardi skated with the Flames Monday for the first time since his injury.

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