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Calgary at Chicago

Blackhawks back on winning track after dousing Flames

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks returned to the United Center -- and their winning ways.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves, Martin Havlat, Andrew Ladd and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and an assist, and the Blackhawks rebounded from consecutive losses to Detroit to beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Sunday night.

Kris Versteeg and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Chicago, swept by Detroit in a home-and-home series that featured the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field after winning a franchise-record nine consecutive games. Defenseman Duncan Keith had two assists.

"This was an important game, back in our building," Keith said. "We wanted to get a good feeling back in our room. It felt like coming back home after a while. Part of the reason for our success at home is because we have a full building."

Wrigley Field was packed with 40,818 fans in Chicago's' 6-4 loss to Detroit on New Year's Day. But for the Blackhawks, who improved to 12-1-4 at the United Center before 22,146 customers on Sunday, their indoor confines have been friendlier.

"It was a great opportunity for everybody to be part of (the Winter Classic)," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "We move forward. I like the way we handled tonight. We played a team that's playing very well and it was a very important win for us."

Chicago ended the Flames' winning streak at five and snapped their points streak at 10 games (7-0-3). Calgary, which received goals from Todd Bertuzzi and Daymond Langkow, hadn't lost in regulation since Dec. 9 at Montreal.

The Blackhawks bounced back without scoring leader Patrick Kane. He was sidelined by a high-ankle sprain, the first time he has missed a game in his NHL career because of an injury.

Kane was injured Tuesday night in a 4-0 loss at Detroit. The Rookie of the Year last season, Kane played nearly 18 minutes despite pain on Thursday in the Winter Classic. He's listed as day to day.

"With Kaner out, guys have to step up, kind of do it by committee," Ladd said. "If it's me tonight and another guy the next night, that's what we need."

Khabibulin stopped 19 of 20 shots in the third period.

"We came back strong in the third, but it was a little late," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. "It's hard when you get that far behind."

Ladd, Versteeg and Byfuglien scored late in the second to give Chicago a 4-1 lead.

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals on 28 shots through two periods in his 10th consecutive start. Curtis McElhinney played the third and stopped seven shots.

"Anytime you've been winning -- and we've been moving along pretty well -- a loss is hard to swallow," Calgary captain Jarome Iginla said. "We had a chance to make it a one-goal game in the third period, but we couldn't get that third one."

Havlat scored the only goal in the first period, 3:26 in.

Havlat partially fanned on a one-time shot from the right circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Keith. The shot fooled Kiprusoff and slid inside the right post.

Dion Phaneuf's shot from the right point deflected in off Bertuzzi, parked in the slot, 1:09 into the second to tie it at 1.

Ladd and Versteeg scored goals 1:19 apart late in the second to make it 3-1.

Ladd connected from the slot following a crisp passing play with Havlat and Keith to make it 2-1 with 5:53 left in the second.

Versteeg scored short-handed, converting a partial breakaway after Phaneuf lost the puck at the point. Calgary's Adrian Aucoin caught up to Versteeg and nearly rode him off the puck, but Versteeg stuffed a shot between Kiprusoff's pads.

Byfuglien ripped in a power-play goal from the edge of the crease with 1.1 seconds left in the second to make it 4-1.

Langkow's power-play goal from the edge of the crease at 6:23 of the third cut it to 4-2. Sharp added an empty-net goal with 1:41 left.

Notes

  • Chicago D Cam Barker was a scratch for an undisclosed reason.
  • Blackhawks RW Adam Burish returned after missing 16 games because of a broken toe.
  • Calgary C Wayne Primeau missed his 14th game because of a broken foot.
  • The crowd of 22,146 was Chicago's 18th sellout in 18 home dates.
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Patrick Sharp (center) is part of a balanced attack with one goal and one assist.  (Getty Images)
Patrick Sharp (center) is part of a balanced attack with one goal and one assist. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Calgary (23-12-4)0112
Chicago  (21-8-7) «1315
Three Stars
D. Keith
CHI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
A. Ladd
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
N. Khabibulin
CHI


Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .944
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:26Martin Havlat (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Keith, Ladd
2ND PERIOD
01:09Todd Bertuzzi (11), Tip-In. Assist: Phaneuf, Bourque
14:07Andrew Ladd (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Havlat, Keith
15:26Short - Kris Versteeg (12), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
19:58Power Play - Dustin Byfuglien (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sharp
3RD PERIOD
06:23Power Play - Daymond Langkow (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Iginla, Bertuzzi
18:19Patrick Sharp (20), Empty Net. Assist: Brouwer, Adams
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:41Fraser, 5 min, Fighting
09:41Giordano, 5 min, Fighting
10:38Aucoin, 2 min, Hooking
13:38Byfuglien, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
07:37Regehr, 5 min, Fighting
07:37Eager, 5 min, Fighting
07:41Walker, 5 min, Fighting
07:41Roy, 5 min, Fighting
08:52Bertuzzi, 2 min, Interference
11:34Conroy, 2 min, Hooking
15:05Johnson, 2 min, Tripping
19:48Conroy, 2 min, Cross-Checking
3RD PERIOD
05:39Eager, 2 min, Cross-Checking
09:21Giordano, 2 min, Cross-Checking
19:30Roy, 2 min, Roughing
19:30Byfuglien, 10 min, Game Misconduct
19:30Byfuglien, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Calgary1152036
Chicago1117836
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Miikka Kiprusoff40:00244
Curtis McElhinney19:2370
Nikolai Khabibulin59:58342
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Calgary1-for-3
Chicago1-for-5
Game Information
Attendance - 22146
Referees - Stephane Auger, Kerry Fraser
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Darren Gibbs
 
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