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Despite the Boston Bruins’ winning streak coming to an end,

coach Claude Julien has been more than pleased with his squad

recently given the circumstances.

Boston looks to extend its recent home dominance and win a fifth

straight meeting with the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

With multiple players feeling the effects of the flu, the Bruins

(22-9-2) had their four-game win streak snapped with Saturday’s 6-2

loss to Vancouver. They were informed earlier in the day that Shawn

Thornton was handed a 15-game suspension for attacking and

subsequently concussing Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec.

7.

Reilly Smith scored both goals, and he totaled four along with

two assists on Boston’s 3-1-0 road trip.

The Bruins now return home, where they have won five straight

and are 9-0-1 over their last 10 while allowing 16 goals.

“We’ve been through a lot this week, battling the flu. We came

out of this road trip 3-1, so I can’t complain,” Julien said. “I

can’t say enough honestly about how our guys battled through it

all, and the score (Saturday) is unfortunate because it wasn’t

indicative of our effort and the character and the guts our guys

showed.”

Tuukka Rask didn’t have any excuses for his performance, as he

allowed four goals on 23 shots before being pulled less than two

minutes into the third. He went 3-1-0 with a 1.76 goals-against

average in his previous four starts.

“I was pretty bad,” Rask said. “I thought we played a good game

as a team. I wasn’t able to help too much.”

Rask made 26 saves last Tuesday in a 2-1 win at Calgary, and

he’s won both of his career starts against the Flames while

stopping 51 of 52 shots.

David Krejci and Smith scored in the third period of that last

matchup, and the Bruins have outscored Calgary 19-2 during their

four-game winning streak in the series. Krejci has three goals and

five assists during that run.

Jiri Hudler scored in last week’s meeting for the Flames

(13-15-5), who had won two straight prior to Sunday’s 4-3 shootout

loss to the New York Rangers. Hudler assisted on goals from Curtis

Glencross and Sean Monahan.

Monahan, the 19-year-old rookie who is tied for the team lead

with 10 goals, was playing his second game after missing seven with

a broken foot.

Calgary failed to convert on a power play in overtime before

losing in the seventh round of the shootout.

“Thought we’d get it done in overtime, but we couldn’t execute

on the power play,” captain Mark Giordano said. “We’re not happy

with the point. It should have been two. If you get a power play in

overtime, you should win.”

Giordano did assist on Mikael Backlund’s first-period goal which

ended Calgary’s four-game drought on the power play. The Flames are

among the league’s worst with the man advantage at 14.3

percent.

Karri Ramo, starting back-to-back games after stopping 26 shots

in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win over Buffalo, made 29 saves. He’s

4-1-1 with a 1.63 GAA over his last six.

“It was a big battle all night,” Ramo said. “Not happy about the

goals I allowed. Sometimes you just have to take the point and move

on. We played good enough to win.”

It’s unclear if Ramo will get the start in this contest. Reto

Berra’s last outing came when he made 22 saves against Boston last

week.

Calgary is 4-1-1 on the road after a 3-7-1 start away from

home.