the boston bruins look to recover from a rare off-night when they continue their five-game road trip monday afternoon against the calgary flames. the bruins, who sit three points behind first-place tampa bay in the atlantic division with three games in hand, had won six of their first seven contests this month before beginning the trek by giving up five goals in the first 22 minutes, 44 seconds of saturday's 6-1 setback at vancouver.

"i don't know if we were looking at the standings and thinking we had an easy night," boston forward david backes told reporters. "it was moments of brilliance and moments of 'who is this team out there, what are we doing?' type of plays." the bruins had gone 11-0-2 in its previous 13 road games before falling at vancouver and face an angry flames team that is coming off a 6-3 loss to florida on saturday. calgary had won five of seven games before the defeat dropped it into fourth place in the pacific division and one point out of the second wild-card spot in the western conference. "we just weren't executing," flames captain mark giordano told reporters. "it felt like we were a little bit off right from the start of the game. i thought we had moments where we were ok, but then we gave them opportunities and they capitalized."

tv: 4 p.m. et, nhl network, nesn (boston), sportsnet west (calgary)

about the bruins (35-13-8): leading scorer brad marchand (54 points) saw his eight-game point streak, during which he registered three goals and 10 assists, come to an end saturday. while patrice bergeron has recorded five goals - two in a 5-2 win over calgary on feb. 13 - and two assists in his last five contests, david pastrnak is in the midst of a four-game point drought and hasn't tallied in six games. defenseman kevan miller (upper body) has been skating with the team and could return to the lineup as soon as monday after missing the last seven contests.

about the flames (30-21-8): dougie hamilton provided the only highlights on saturday by registering the first hat trick by a calgary defenseman since al macinnis in march 1992 and has notched five points in his last two games. "obviously, a cool thing to do, but tough in a game like that," hamilton told reporters. "i've had two goals before and you always say to yourself, 'well maybe there's a chance you can score a hat trick,' but (i) never did it." johnny gaudreau, who has registered a team-leading 68 points, totaled four goals and seven assists during an eight-game point streak before being kept off the scoresheet on saturday.


1. calgary d travis hamonic, who has recorded eight points this season, is expected to play in his 500th nhl game on monday.

2. boston c tim schaller has scored four of his career-high 10 goals in the last seven contests.

3. flames c mikael backlund, who signed a six-year, 32.1 million contract extension on friday, has gone seven games without a point.

prediction: flames 4, bruins 3