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Tuesday, December 17th (All times Eastern)

Calgary Flames (13-15-5) at Boston Bruins (22-9-2), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins aim to rebound from a lopsided loss when they host the traveling Calgary Flames for Tuesday's battle at TD Garden.

Boston, which holds a three-point lead over Montreal for first place in the Atlantic Division, had matched a season high with four straight wins before getting dealt a 6-2 setback Saturday in Vancouver. It was the lone loss for the Bruins on a five-game road trip and just their second defeat in the past eight games overall.

Henrik Sedin posted a goal and an assist to lead the Canucks offense while Roberto Luongo made 39 saves for the win. Reilly Smith scored both goals for the Bruins, who were visiting Vancouver for the first time since June 15, 2011, when Boston took a 4-0 victory in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to claim the franchise's first championship since 1972.

Tuukka Rask was touched for four goals on 23 shots on Saturday before getting pulled early in the second period. Chad Johnson gave up two goals on seven shots in relief.

"The final score was much different from the way I felt our team played," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "They capitalized on their chances and we didn't."

Boston is 13-3-2 on home ice this season and is hosting Calgary just one week after beating the Flames on the road last Tuesday. The Bruins won that game 2-1 in regulation after rallying for two goals in the third period. Smith potted the game-winner with 4:33 left to play for Boston, a mere 98 seconds after David Krejci recorded the equalizer with the Bruins on the power play.

Last week's encounter also marked Boston forward Jarome Iginla's return to Calgary, a city where the former Flames star spent 16 memorable seasons. Iginla injured his finger in a fight with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler on Saturday, but is expected to play tonight.

Boston has claimed four straight and five of the last six meetings with the Flames. Calgary has dropped three in a row and five of the last six encounters in Beantown.

The Flames opened their current five-game road trip with Saturday's win in Buffalo, but they dropped a shootout decision the following night in New York City. The 4-3 setback against the New York Rangers denied Calgary its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Benoit Pouliot recorded the winner in the seventh round of the shootout for the Rangers on Sunday. Pouliot began the deciding round by using several stick fakes to pull Karri Ramo out of position, and, as he slid to the left post, directed the puck inside the right pipe. New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist then sealed the win by stopping Mikael Backlund.

Backlund, Curtis Glencross and Sean Monahan lit the lamp in regulation for the Flames, while Ramo made 29 saves in defeat.

Calgary fell to 7-8-2 on the road this season. The Flames will continue their swing Thursday in Detroit before capping the trip Saturday in Pittsburgh.

12/17 10:45:07 ET

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BSU 54
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CAR 4
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UF 64
UNC 75
 
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ECU 21
 
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CHI 109
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GSW 106
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TOR 102
DAL 106
 
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DET 88
MIL 104
 
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NOP 91
 
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HOU 85
LAC 102
 
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NYK 78
 
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IND 98
ORL 83
 
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SAN 96
SAC 84
 
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DEN 69
PHO 47
 
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POR 24
MEM 18
 
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NILL 31
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HOU 35
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IOWA 34
NEB 37
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UCF 16
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WKENT 67
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KSU 27
AKR 24
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BGU 24
BST 41
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UMASS 21
BUF 41
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EMICH 16
TOL 52
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MIZZ 21
ARK 14
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SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
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ARZ 42
ARST 35
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AFA 27
COLST 24
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UCLA 10
STAN 31
3rd
VT 10
UVA 13
 
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TULSA 14
ECU 21
 
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NCCU 65
EILL 40
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KU 82
TENN 67
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TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
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NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
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GEOR 58
BUT 64
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BRO 81
PVU 71
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RIU 66
SCU 44
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NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
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DART 68
MAST 67
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WRST 59
FIU 61
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UTEP 77
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OSU 73
JMU 56
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LAM 59
 
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MVSU 66
 
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MIZST 55
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PSU 88
 
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YALE 66
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MINN 66
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OKLA 56
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STEPH 83
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CSOU 47
 
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DRAK 46
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CIN 69
MTST 51
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SDU 75
PRIN 65
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WASU 76
RICE 74
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CSFU 64
USCU 79
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RIDE 54
 
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NCSU 60
BSU 54
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TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
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EMERSON 50
 
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HC 48
 
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MON 56
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CLST 68
 
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HOF 86
 
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INDST 62
MEM 72
 
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UNC 75
 
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SAMF 64
 
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SELA 61
 
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NEB 75
TENNM 64
 
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MISS 75
CREI 68
 
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PORT 64
MURST 61
 
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MSU 50
 
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UNT 55
 
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NCOL 61
STET 46
 
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UNCG 47
 
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WMICH 53
 
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TXARL 47
 
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MSST 37
 
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PAC 26
 
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NDAK 7
 
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PHI 0
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CHI 4
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WAS 5
NYI 2
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PIT 2
CAR 4
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NJD 4
DET 5
 
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BUF 2
MON 1
 
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CLB 0
VAN 5
 
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BOS 2
WIN 1
 
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FLA 3
OTT 2
 
3rd
STL 3
EDM 3
 
2nd Intermission
DAL 3
MIN 3