NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Calgary
(Friday, December 19th)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Calgary 2 (OT)
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Duncan Keith scored the game-winner 23 seconds into overtime, as the Chicago Blackhawks topped the Calgary Flames, 3-2, to extend their winning streak to six games.
In the extra session, Chicago's Jonathan Toews obtained the puck and skated into the Calgary zone on the right side of the ice. He made a stop-and-start move to get past a defender in the right circle, then flew across the crease, drawing Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff in his direction.
Toews sent the puck back toward the slot past a sprawled Kiprusoff, and Keith was there to backhand the disc into the open net to end the game.
"That was a heck of a hockey game. What a game," Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said. "I mean, the pace was high-end and both teams played well and it came down to the end and everybody got points. I liked how we played, a heck of a game."
Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane each scored once for the Blackhawks, who had won the previous five games during their current string of victories in regulation. Chicago is averaging 4.66 goals per game during the streak, thanks in part to a 9-2 pasting of Edmonton on Tuesday.
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 32 shots in the win for Chicago.
Rene Bourque had a goal and assisted on David Moss' tally for Calgary, which had won two in a row. Kiprusoff turned aside 28 shots in the loss.
"I think there are two solutions in professional hockey," Calgary head coach Mike Keenan said. "I don't want to misconstrue this for any amateur coaches watching or listening, but there is either a real successful solution, that's winning, or not."
Bourque had the only goal of the first period, but Bolland lit the lamp just 1:08 into the middle frame to knot the game at 1-1.
Kane's 15th goal of the season, a power-play score, edged Chicago in front a little over five minutes after Bolland's tally, though Moss provided the equalizer at the 8:32 mark of the second.
The goaltenders were strong in the third period, with each making several key saves. Kane almost notched the game-winner on a clear breakaway with 4 1/2 minutes to play, but Kiprusoff stoned the offering as the game went to overtime.
Chicago plays at Vancouver on Saturday...Calgary hosts Anaheim on Tuesday...Kane has recorded points in 23 of his 30 games played this season. He has eight goals and 11 assists over his last 15 games...Brian Campbell recorded a pair of helpers for Chicago...Calgary, which opened a five-game homestand, fell to 9-4-3 as the host this season.
12/20 00:27:13 ET