Chicago at Calgary

Blackhawks 3, Flames 1


CALGARY, Alberta -- It is hardly a surprise that Nikolai Khabibulin defeated the Calgary Flames to end his personal 10-game losing streak.

The Chicago goaltender continued his mastery over the Flames on Thursday night, making 26 saves to lead the Blackhawks to a 3-1 win.

Khabibulin improved to 19-5-2 against the Flames with a 2.09 goals-against average. It's his highest win total against any NHL opponent, and he was also Tampa Bay's goalie in 2004 when the Lightning defeated the Flames in the Stanley Cup finals.

"It's a fun building to play in, I'll always remember 2004," said the 35-year-old, who is 16-18-4. "The atmosphere is so great here.

"It's obviously nice to win, it hasn't happened in a while. I thought I played some good games during the losing streak, probably could have won the game before this one but, it didn't happen."

Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp and Yanic Perreault, with an empty-netter, scored for Chicago.

Adrian Aucoin scored for Calgary.

Khabibulin was busiest in the third period, when the Flames outshot Chicago 12-6 but could not get the tying goal.

As Calgary pressed in the final 10 minutes, Alex Tanguay, Daymond Langkow, and Kristian Huselius were all thwarted.

"Tonight, it seemed like we were fighting the puck," Tanguay said. "We were giving the puck away, we were putting the pucks in bad areas and that's just mental sharpness. Everybody's responsible to be accountable before the game and be ready and tonight we were ready for some shifts, and not ready for others. It ended up costing us."

With four minutes left, Jarome Iginla nearly steered in the tying goal on a scramble in the goal crease but Khabibulin stuck out his arm and swept the puck off the goal line just in time.

"He was great, that's why he's our starter and our go-to guy," Sharp said. "They have great shooters and great players on their side and they could have easily tied the game there late in the third period. Without Nik, it's a different story."

The Blackhawks picked up their first win on a season-long seven-game road trip (1-2-1), but remain nine points back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"The way the standings are in the league today, if you can string a few wins together you're right back in the middle of things," Sharp said. "We feel we have a team that can win and hopefully this can be the kick-start to a winning streak."

After a scoreless first period, Chicago outshot the Flames 14-5 in the second in taking a 2-1 lead.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring at 7:14 of the second when Keith took a pass from Robert Lang and fired a 40-foot slap shot that beat Miikka Kiprusoff between the legs.

The lead lasted only four minutes before Aucoin answered on a slap shot from a similar distance.

Sharp broke a 1-1 tie at 15:07 with his 25th of the season. It was another long slap shot, this one set up by Martin Havlat.

"I'm proud of our guys, we have lots of life left," Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "I know we've been through a tough little skid here, but at the end of the day, the way we played tonight, we keep playing like that and we're going to be successful a lot of nights."

Notes: Chicago rookie Jonathan Toews (knee) missed his 16th game. The Blackhawks are 5-9-2 without him. ... Chicago won just its second in regulation in 18 games since Dec. 26. The Blackhawks are 5-10-3 in that span with the other victories coming in shootouts.

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Chicago  (24-24-5) «0213
Calgary (27-20-8)0101
Three Stars
N. Khabibulin

Saves: 26
Save Pct.: .963
A. Aucoin

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
B. Seabrook

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
07:14Duncan Keith (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Robert Lang, Patrick Kane
11:30Adrian Aucoin (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Alex Tanguay, Stephane Yelle
15:07Patrick Sharp (25), Slap Shot. Assist: Martin Havlat, Cam Barker
19:48Yanic Perreault (7), Empty Net. Assist: Patrick Sharp, Robert Lang
Penalty Summary
02:22Smith, 5 min, Fighting
02:22Burish, 5 min, Fighting
02:29Huselius, 2 min, Slashing
02:29Lapointe, 2 min, Interference
15:59Seabrook, 2 min, Hooking
19:29Aucoin, 2 min, Interference
02:11Lombardi, 2 min, Hooking
09:19Tanguay, 2 min, Hooking
09:55Sharp, 2 min, Roughing
09:55Sarich, 2 min, Roughing
12:07Hale, 5 min, Fighting
12:07Adams, 5 min, Fighting
13:05Regehr, 2 min, Interference
05:40Havlat, 2 min, Tripping
06:40Sopel, 2 min, Holding
08:23Langkow, 2 min, Hooking
12:17Wisniewski, 2 min, Boarding
Shots On Goal
Nikolai Khabibulin60:00261
Miikka Kiprusoff59:25252
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Mick McGeough, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Michel Cormier, Tim Nowak
Other Games
Van 2 Final
Atl 1
LA 5 Final
Det 3
TB 2 Final
Nash 1
Tor 4 Final
Mon 2
Ana 4 Final
NYI 3 Final
Pitt 4
Colu 2 Final
Pho 1
Fla 4 Final
Ott 5
Dal 1 Final
Min 0