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Calgary
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46-30-6
Chicago
Blackhawks
46-24-12

36 SOG
36 SOG
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CGY
CHI
game recap

Blackhawks 5, Flames 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com

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Blackhawks 5, Flames 2
Calgary Flames 2, Chicago Blackhawks 5
After getting swept in a home-and-home series and losing their leading scorer to injury, the Blackhawks needed a big win to get back on track. They got it as they defeated the Calgary Flames 5-2 Sunday night.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves and five different Hawks scored goals in the victory.

“We realized it was important to come out tonight and play with energy,” said Duncan Keith, who had two assists and was named the game’s first star. “We’re playing solid in our own building. To come out early and play the way we did was great.”

The Hawks jumped on Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff early in the first period with a goal by Martin Havlat. Todd Bertuzzi evened the score to begin the second, but three unanswered goals by the Hawks - including a breakaway shorthanded mark by Kris Versteeg – gave the Hawks the lead for good.

“We knew they played last night, and any time a team’s coming off a back-to-back you want to jump on them early,” said Andrew Ladd, who had a goal and assist in the game. “We knew we wanted to make it a long night for them.”

The Flames gained some momentum in the third period, taking 20 shots but only earning one goal in the period, a power play strike by Daymond Langkow. An empty-netter from Patrick Sharp – his 20th of the season – sealed the victory.

“[The Flames] played well in the third period,” said Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville. “Khabi was very sharp. They were coming and we were fortunate to protect that lead. It was a very even game.”

The win was a big one for Chicago, not just because it broke a two-game losing streak but also because it showed that the Hawks could win convincingly without their leading scorer Patrick Kane. Kane sat out with a leg injury sustained in Detroit on Dec. 30.

“We have a lot of guys who can go to the net and make things happen,” Versteeg said. “Pat’s a special player, but our team has enough talent that we don’t have to rely on a just couple of guys to score.”

The Hawks will now play three games on the road, starting with Phoenix Tuesday night.
scoring summary
1st Period
03:26
CHI
Martin Havlat (11) ASST: Duncan Keith (15), Andrew Ladd (17)
1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
01:09
CGY
Todd Bertuzzi (11) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (22), Rene Bourque (11)
1 - 1 Tie
14:07
CHI
Andrew Ladd (8) ASST: Martin Havlat (20), Duncan Keith (16)
2 - 1 CHI
15:26
CHI
SHG - Kris Versteeg (12) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 CHI
19:58
CHI
PPG - Dustin Byfuglien (8) ASST: Patrick Sharp (13)
4 - 1 CHI
3rd Period
06:23
CGY
PPG - Daymond Langkow (12) ASST: Jarome Iginla (28), Todd Bertuzzi (19)
4 - 2 CHI
18:19
CHI
EN - Patrick Sharp (20) ASST: Troy Brouwer (10), Craig Adams (3)
5 - 2 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
09:41
CGY
Mark Giordano  Fighting (maj) against  Colin Fraser
09:41
CHI
Colin Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Giordano
10:38
CGY
Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Dave Bolland
13:38
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Hooking against  Adrian Aucoin
2nd Period
07:37
CHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  Robyn Regehr
07:37
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
07:41
CHI
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Andre Roy
07:41
CGY
Andre Roy  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
08:52
CGY
Todd Bertuzzi  Interference against  Brian Campbell
11:34
CGY
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Troy Brouwer
15:05
CHI
Aaron Johnson  Tripping against  Rene Bourque
19:48
CGY
Craig Conroy  Cross checking against  Martin Havlat
3rd Period
05:39
CHI
Ben Eager  Cross checking against  Robyn Regehr
09:21
CGY
Mark Giordano  Cross checking against  Dustin Byfuglien
19:30
CGY
Andre Roy  Roughing against  Dustin Byfuglien
19:30
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Misconduct (10 min) against  Andre Roy
19:30
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Roughing against  Andre Roy
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 7TOI: 19:23
Saves: 7EV: 5 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
23-11-3
SA: 28TOI: 40:00
Saves: 24EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 36TOI: 59:58
Saves: 34EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0