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Brian Elliott out for Flames against Bruins

With goaltender ill, backup Chad Johnson will start when Calgary tries for 11th straight win

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

CALGARY -- Goaltender Brian Elliott will not play because of illness when the Calgary Flames go for a franchise-record 11th straight victory on Wednesday.

Elliott has won nine games with a 1.74 goals-against average and .943 save percentage during Calgary's 10-game winning streak, which matched the Atlanta Flames' run during the 1978-79 season.

Chad Johnson, who last played on Feb. 24 in a 4-2 win at the Florida Panthers, will start against the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Saddledome (9 p.m. ET; SN, NESN, NHL.TV). 

"[Elliott] isn't feeling well today so [Johnson] will get the start," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "It works out because we were getting very close to that as we were going anyway. I reminded everybody here a week ago that this streak that we're on, [Johnson] was involved in Florida. It's a non-issue there.

"We wanted to get [Johnson] involved. We feel we have two good goalies and [Johnson]'s going to go tonight."

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Elliott, who is 21-13-3 with a 2.51 GAA, has started 16 of the past 21 games for the Flames, including 11 of the past 12.

"It's tough, but we're winning hockey games so it's exciting to watch it all come together," Johnson said. "You want to be a part of it at this time of year when things are going well and the team's playing well. You always want to be involved in that and contribute.

"For me it's just trying to stay positive and work hard in practice and just have fun. That's all you can really do."

Johnson is 18-13-1 with a 2.54 GAA and .913 save percentage in 33 games this season.

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