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Flames fired up to exact vengeance

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

There's nothing like being home for the holidays, especially when you can feel good about a job well done.

Although the Calgary Flames are pleased with collecting four points from wins over the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild on consecutive nights, they now turn their attention to avenging one of their worst losses of the season.

The Flames face the high-flying Chicago Blackhawks tonight at the Saddledome for the first time since losing 6-1 Nov. 9 in the Windy City.

"They outplayed us pretty good that night," said Flames forward Rene Bourque, who broke into the NHL with the Blackhawks.

"We weren't ready to play. It's a new game (tonight) because we're at home.

"Obviously, we want to get back at them for pumping us pretty hard a month ago. The guys will be fired up and ready to go."

One thing the Flames don't have to worry about now is talking about Todd Bertuzzi's goal-scoring slump.

Bertuzzi broke a 19-game drought Wednesday by scoring in overtime to beat the Wild 3-2.

Although Bertuzzi wouldn't admit it's a huge relief to hit the scoresheet, the Flames forward does hope the floodgates are now open.

"I hope so -- I've always said it isn't about me. It's about this team and how we get the two points," Bertuzzi said.

"When I wasn't scoring, there were guys who were, such as (David) Moss. It probably went unnoticed, which shouldn't have. He's played exceptionally well, as has Daymond (Langkow).

"He's one of those guys who goes under the radar for whatever reason."

The meeting with the 'Hawks starts a five-game home stand that takes them into the new year.

Sitting tied with the Vancouver Canucks for first in the division, this is a great chance to get separation from their rivals in the standings.

It won't be easy as the 'Hawks have become a goal-scoring machine, with the fourth-best powerplay in the NHL.

"We have to stick to the systems, because they have been working for us," Langkow said. "Obviously, we have to work hard because they are a hard-working team, and they have a lot of young guys with a lot of energy, so we have to match that. Obviously, we're focused on this big game."


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