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Saturday, November 22nd (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (6-8-4-3) at Calgary Flames (8-8-0-2), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The desperate Chicago Blackhawks will attempt to put an end to a seven-game winless skid Saturday evening, when they skate with the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Chicago wasted a two-goal advantage on Thursday before finally losing, 4-3, in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place. Mark Bell and Bryan Berard scored for Chicago, which has lost the first two of a six-game western trip and is 0-3-1-3 in its last seven outings.

Second-year goaltender Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots in defeat. Anderson is 0-2 in three starts between the pipes for the Blackhawks this season.

Johan Hedberg turned aside two Chicago chances just over two minutes into the extra period and Vancouver raced the other way.

The Blackhawks have struggled on the road this year, posting just a 3-5-3-1 mark this season.

Calgary has recorded back-to-back wins, including a narrow 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Martin Gelinas scored with 1:14 remaining in the game to lift the Flames to the win.

With the score knotted at 1-1 late in the game, Gelinas corralled a rebound at the left circle and his slap shot, with the help of traffic in front, beat Jose Theodore for the game-winner. Gelinas had missed the Flames' last two games with an injured ankle.

Steve Reinprecht also scored for Calgary, which won its second straight game on home ice. Miikka Kiprusoff, who came over to the Flames in a trade on Monday, made his first start in a Calgary uniform and posted 22 saves in the victory.

Calgary, which was scoreless on four chances with the extra skater, picked up its first win this season (1-8-0) without a man-advantage goal.

The Flames are 5-4-0 at home this season.

Calgary dominated the Blackhawks, 6-2, in their first meeting of the year on November 12 in Chicago. The Flames are 4-0-1 against Chicago since the start of last season.

11/22 10:46:02 ET


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