NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Chicago|
(Sunday, January 4th)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Calgary 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Martin Havlat recorded a goal and an assist,
and the Chicago Blackhawks returned to their winning ways with a 5-2 rout of
the Calgary Flames.
Playing without star forward Patrick Kane because of a high ankle sprain
suffered in the Winter Classic game against Detroit, the Blackhawks managed to
end their brief two-game slide. Chicago also found out Saturday that three of
its players -- Kane, center Jonathan Toews and defenseman Brian Campbell --
will start in the NHL's All-Star game, to be played in Montreal, January 25.
Andrew Ladd and Patrick Sharp also recorded a goal and an assist, while Kris
Versteeg and Dustin Byfuglien also tallied for Chicago, which has now won 10
of 12 overall. Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves in the win for the Blackhawks.
"It's a big two points for us. We came out hard and that's what we needed to
do after dropping two games to Detroit," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith
said of the home-and-home setback. "We used our speed against them -- we have
a lot of character and we know a lot of their players from western Canada, so
we don't want to be embarrassed."
Todd Bertuzzi and Daymond Langkow scored for the Flames, who came into the
game riding a five-game winning streak. Miikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals on
28 shots before being pulled after the second period in taking the loss, only
Calgary's third in its last 10 road games. Curtis McElhinney stopped all seven
shots he faced in the third.
"You always hope wins will carry over, (but) we'll work hard to rebound from
this one, stay positive and believe the next game will bring good things,"
said Flames captain Jarome Iginla. "They can score goals quickly, and you have
to give them a lot of credit."
The Blackhawks got on the board first. Some nifty passing from Ladd and Keith
allowed Havlat to score on a wide open net just 3 1/2 minutes into the
Calgary knotted the game early in the second period. A little over a minute
into the frame, Bertuzzi's tip-in equalized the game. But Chicago went back in
front with 5:53 left in the period, as Ladd took a loose puck in front of the
net and lifted it over Kiprusoff's left shoulder for the tally.
The Blackhawks took a two-goal lead on Versteeg's shorthanded breakaway tally
at the 15:26 mark of the second. Byfuglien added a power-play goal on a
wrister over Kiprusoff's shoulder with just 1.1 seconds remaining in the
period to make it 4-1.
Langkow added a power-play goal for the Flames at the 6:23 mark of the third,
but Sharp scored an empty-net goal with 1:41 left to seal the victory.
Chicago leads the season series, 3-0...The Blackhawks are 12-2-4 at home,
while the Flames are 10-8-1 on the road...Calgary recalled forward Jamie
Lundmark of Quad City (AHL) on Sunday...Sharp's goal was his 20th of the
season...Bertuzzi also had an assist...Chicago is 9-0-0 against Canadian teams
01/04 22:20:24 ET