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For the second straight game, the Blackhawks bombarded an opposing goalie in the final period only to come up short as Daymond Langkow's power play goal at 13:52 gave Calgary a 3-2 decision over Chicago Sunday at the United Center.
The Hawks fired 19 of their 37 shots at Mikka Kiprusoff in the 3rd period, but two deflections midway through the frame broke a 1-1 tie as Chicago's suffered its 3rd straight loss on home ice after a five-game win streak.
Chicago took a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period when Robert Lang tipped Dustin Byfuglien's shot past Kiprusoff for his 9th of the season.
In the 2nd period, Calgary tied the game at the eight-minute mark when veteran Owen Nolan's 35-foot shot caught the upper left corner of the net over Nikolai Khabibulin's shoulder.
The Hawks came out strong in the final period but Patrick Sharp was stopped at point-blank range on a power play at the five-minute mark when his shot went off Kiprusoff's shoulder.
Midway through the period, Lang, who had a team high six shots, was robbed on a 20-foot drive; a minute later Jonathan Toews was stopped in-close when Kiprusoff got his pad on the shot.
Calgary took the lead at 11:19 when Corey Sarich's long shot deflected off Hawk defenseman Brent Sopel.
On a power play, Langkow was credited with the goal at 13:52 when Dion Phaneuf's shot deflected off him, hit a Hawk defender and skipped past Khabibulin.
Less than a minute later, the Hawks cut the margin to 3-2 when Byfuglien notched his 7th of the campaign during a scramble in front of the Calgary goal.
The Hawks continued the pressure and pulled Khabibulin for an extra attacker in the final 55 seconds and almost tied the game when the horn sounded.
Chicago outshot Calgary 37-29 but was 0-4 on the power play while the Flames were 1-5.
Langkow had a game high eight shots.
Hawks coach Denis Savard felt once again his team put forth the necessary effort.
"We're getting a lot of chances and we dominated the 3rd period but the puck wasn't bouncing our way. We've faced some tough goaltending."
The Hawks continue their homestand Wednesday (7:30 pm) at the United Center against the Los Angeles Kings.
AP Notes: It was the start of a six-game road trip for the Flames. ... Byfluglien has five goals and four assists in six games. ... Chicago D Magnus Johansson returned to the lineup after sitting six straight games as a healthy scratch. ... Blackhawks C Jason Williams missed his fifth straight game and ninth in the last 10 because of a groin injury. He is out indefinitely. ... RW Rene Bourque missed his eighth game due to a broken thumb. ... Calgary C Stephane Yelle missed his fifth game with a groin injury. D Rhett Warrener missed his seventh and LW David Missed his third because of ankle injuries.
Head coach Mike Keenan: "That's the man I'm looking for (Kiprusoff) and we finally found him. It was an incredible performance and you need that kind of goaltending on the road playing against a desperate team. They had lost three consecutive games and this was the fourth so we knew it was going to be a difficult task and he's the man of the hour for sure.
"Shooting the puck is not a bad decision, and that's what you have to do, particularly if you have people that are around the goaltender. It's easy to make him nervous; somebody grabbing a rebound or jumping on an opportunity or a screen or tip.
"It's never easier but it gives you some momentum to work with going into the next game. This was a huge road trip for us, the biggest one of the season. It's the only one that's a six-game length. That's a real positive start for us.
"That power play goal ended up being the winning goal and that was really key. We put them down by two but they stormed back, had a lot of momentum but that goal gave us the cushion enough. And the expiration of time helps."
Right wing Jarome Iginla: "We're playing teams that we're trying to catch, Chicago's one of them, and so we have to get things going. It's a good way to start it. I thought we had a big goal there, I think it was about 10 minutes left in the third, and after that we were pretty solid. We went up two goals and they got a goal right after we score so it put a lot of pressure on us. They never gave up.
"Kipper was great, he made some huge key saves, kept us right there and won the game."
Defenseman Cory Sarich: "We had some fortunate breaks on the penalty kill; we got a few bounces go our way tonight and we got some timely goals. They were really pressing at the end. Give them some credit; they really cycled that puck well and it was hard but we stuck with it. Kipper made some huge saves for us and here we are with a win."