Nylander nets 2, Blackhawks beat Flames 8-4 to snap skid

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Alex Nylander had two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Jonathan Toews, Dominik Kubalik, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and rookie Kirby Dach also scored for Chicago. Robin Lehner turned aside 38 shots to improve to 16-9-5. Toews and Kane each added two assists.

After entering with two goals in his previous 34 games, Nylander scored twice in the second as Chicago took advantage of several defensive miscues to outscore the Flames 4-1 in the period despite being outshot 14-7.

''I've been working hard since the break in practice,'' the 21-year-old Nylander said. ''Nice to get some goals tonight.''

Nylander wasn't the only Blackhawks player to break through.

DeBrincat, who had 41 goals last season, scored his 14th. Dach, who had one goal in his previous 20 games, got his eighth.

''Scoring goals gives you a ton of energy. It gives you a lift. It's nice to see them get a few,'' Toews said. ''Even if you're on the ice and have nothing to do with the play, just to be around goals is infectious. It's nice to see those guys make those plays as a result of their hard work.''

Sam Bennett and Elias Lindholm had two goals apiece for the Flames, who have dropped five straight home games.

''Obviously, our details are way off at home,'' Lindholm said. ''Losing the third guy and leaving the (defensemen) for 3-on-2s or 2-on-1s.''

Saad broke a 2-all tie at 4:24 of the second and Nylander gave the Blackhawks their first two-goal lead just more than a minute later, pouncing on a bad giveaway in front by Dillon Dube and beating David Rittich with a move to his backhand.

With goalie Cam Talbot on in relief, Nylander made it 6-3 at 18:14 with the second of two Chicago goals in 27 seconds. Another turnover by the Flames behind the net led to rookie Matthew Highmore setting up Nylander in the slot.

''I didn't think we did enough things at the puck, I didn't think we moved our feet as well as we could have, I didn't think we won as many battles as we needed too,'' Calgary interim coach Geoff Ward said. ''We didn't generate very much offensively in the first two periods because we didn't have the puck an awful lot.''

The Flames entered the night in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. While they still have other teams to pass, the Blackhawks pulled within six points of Calgary with two games in hand.

''Big two points, gets us back in the mix,'' Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. ''We did a lot of things well, as it's never perfect but the compete level was really good. Obviously we got some big goals, started the game with a big goal.''

Even though Talbot was coming off a 44-save shutout Thursday at Anaheim, Ward started Rittich, who gave up a goal 30 seconds in when Toews skated down the wing and put a slap shot over his shoulder.

Bennett tied it less than two minutes later, but Chicago regained the lead at 9:17.

In what became a theme for the home side, a turnover behind the net - this one by Michael Stone - allowed Toews to set up Kubalik for a one-timer just after a power play expired.

Bennett's breakaway goal at 12:57 tied it again, but Chicago took advantage of the Flames' poor defensive play to pull away in the second period. Rasmus Andersson and Matthew Tkachuk were also guilty of turnovers deep in their own end that led to goals for the Blackhawks.

''It's a little frustrating right now,'' Bennett said. ''We pushed back after they scored early. For whatever reason, our defensive zone and our turnovers, we fell apart and gave up way too many odd-man rushes and good looks and they capitalized.''

Calgary is 3-8-2 in its last 13 home games.

''We want to make this place a real tough place to play and for some reason right now, we're just not having success,'' Tkachuk said.

After Rittich gave up four goals on 15 shots, Talbot allowed four goals on 13 shots to fall to 8-9-1.

Calgary is minus its top two defenseman in Mark Giordano (hamstring) and Travis Hamonic (upper body), who remain out indefinitely.

NOTES: Lindholm extended his point streak to 10 games (seven goals, five assists), which tied his career best. ... Kubalik leads NHL rookies with 23 goals. ... Flames C Derek Ryan (flu) missed his first game of the season. ... Chicago C Zack Smith (hand) did not play. He was replaced by Highmore.

UP NEXT

The Blackhawks wrap up a five-game road trip Sunday night in Winnipeg.

The Flames host Anaheim on Monday afternoon.

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123T
CHI26-24-8
2428
CGY30-24-6
2114
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Boqvist D00200/0015:080
D. Caggiula RW01210/0211:040
R. Carpenter C00111/5015:322
K. Dach C11020/2214:240
A. DeBrincat LW10110/0014:321
E. Gustafsson D01020/0017:530
M. Highmore RW01110/1010:240
D. Kampf C00114/10013:420
P. Kane RW12220/0017:211
D. Keith D00210/0021:390
S. Koekkoek D01310/0021:131
D. Kubalik LW11210/0014:460
O. Maatta D00200/0220:270
C. Murphy D01120/0220:260
A. Nylander LW20140/0010:080
B. Saad LW10041/1019:430
D. Strome RW01016/4013:200
J. Toews C123313/5218:291
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
R. Andersson D00-230/0023:250
M. Backlund RW00-413/7015:340
S. Bennett LW20037/5015:072
T. Brodie D00-210/0020:490
B. Davidson D00120/0011:113
D. Dube RW02030/0014:561
J. Gaudreau LW02-150/0019:250
N. Hanifin D00-340/0024:361
M. Jankowski C00004/5011:050
O. Kylington D02110/0013:322
E. Lindholm C20023/1220:475
M. Lucic LW01020/0013:342
A. Mangiapane LW00-310/0214:040
S. Monahan C00-2511/6218:391
T. Rieder RW00-130/1011:200
Z. Rinaldo LW00000/0005:333
M. Stone D00-410/0019:220
M. Tkachuk RW01-450/0018:301
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
R. Lehner (W)424380.90560:00
GOALIESSA
R. Lehner (W)42
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Rittich 154110.73325:23
C. Talbot (L)13490.69234:32
GOALIESSA
D. Rittich 15
C. Talbot (L)13
Noah Hanifin shot on goal (Slap shot)
CHI:GoalsShots
CGY:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • CHI
      18:59GOAL Kirby Dach (Backhand shot), Assists: Drake Caggiula and Connor Murphy
    • CHI
      16:48GOAL Patrick Kane (Wrist shot), Assist: Jonathan Toews
    • CGY
      14:06(PP) GOAL Elias Lindholm (Wrist shot), Assists: Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CHI
      18:14GOAL Alex Nylander (Snap shot), Assist: Matthew Highmore
    • CHI
      17:47GOAL Alex DeBrincat (Snap shot), Assists: Dylan Strome and Kirby Dach
    • CGY
      10:56GOAL Elias Lindholm (Wrist shot), Assists: Johnny Gaudreau and Oliver Kylington
    • CHI
      05:28GOAL Alex Nylander (Wrist shot)
    • CHI
      04:24GOAL Brandon Saad (Wrist shot), Assists: Patrick Kane and Erik Gustafsson
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • CGY
      12:57GOAL Sam Bennett (Wrist shot), Assists: Dillon Dube and Oliver Kylington
    • CHI
      09:17GOAL Dominik Kubalik (Snap shot), Assists: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane
    • CGY
      02:07GOAL Sam Bennett (Tip-in shot), Assists: Dillon Dube and Milan Lucic
    • CHI
      30.0GOAL Jonathan Toews (Wrist shot), Assists: Dominik Kubalik and Slater Koekkoek
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • CGY
      16:32Elias Lindholm penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • CHI
      16:32Drake Caggiula penalty Interference - 2 min.
    • CHI
      12:17Olli Maatta penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    • CGY
      07:54Andrew Mangiapane penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    • CHI
      06:21Kirby Dach penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CHI
      14:12Jonathan Toews penalty Slashing - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • CGY
      15:15Bench penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Matthew Tkachuk
    • CHI
      13:30Connor Murphy penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    • CGY
      07:12Sean Monahan penalty Tripping - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
CHI
CGY
Shots on Goal2842
Goals in Power Play01
Faceoff Wins2528
Penalties54
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties54
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
CHI
Shots on Goal28
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins25
Penalties5
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties5
Misconducts0
123T
CHI26-24-8
2428
CGY30-24-6
2114
STARS OF THE GAME
28.6 %SHOT %9.5 %
0.905 %SAVE %0.714 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Boqvist D00200/0015:080
D. Caggiula RW01210/0211:040
R. Carpenter C00111/5015:322
K. Dach C11020/2214:240
A. DeBrincat LW10110/0014:321
E. Gustafsson D01020/0017:530
M. Highmore RW01110/1010:240
D. Kampf C00114/10013:420
P. Kane RW12220/0017:211
D. Keith D00210/0021:390
S. Koekkoek D01310/0021:131
D. Kubalik LW11210/0014:460
O. Maatta D00200/0220:270
C. Murphy D01120/0220:260
A. Nylander LW20140/0010:080
B. Saad LW10041/1019:430
D. Strome RW01016/4013:200
J. Toews C123313/5218:291
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
R. Andersson D00-230/0023:250
M. Backlund RW00-413/7015:340
S. Bennett LW20037/5015:072
T. Brodie D00-210/0020:490
B. Davidson D00120/0011:113
D. Dube RW02030/0014:561
J. Gaudreau LW02-150/0019:250
N. Hanifin D00-340/0024:361
M. Jankowski C00004/5011:050
O. Kylington D02110/0013:322
E. Lindholm C20023/1220:475
M. Lucic LW01020/0013:342
A. Mangiapane LW00-310/0214:040
S. Monahan C00-2511/6218:391
T. Rieder RW00-130/1011:200
Z. Rinaldo LW00000/0005:333
M. Stone D00-410/0019:220
M. Tkachuk RW01-450/0018:301
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
R. Lehner (W)424380.90560:00
GOALIESSA
R. Lehner (W)42
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Rittich 154110.73325:23
C. Talbot (L)13490.69234:32
GOALIESSA
D. Rittich 15
C. Talbot (L)13
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
CHI26-24-8
2428
CGY30-24-6
2114
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Boqvist D00200/0015:080
D. Caggiula RW01210/0211:040
R. Carpenter C00111/5015:322
K. Dach C11020/2214:240
A. DeBrincat LW10110/0014:321
E. Gustafsson D01020/0017:530
M. Highmore RW01110/1010:240
D. Kampf C00114/10013:420
P. Kane RW12220/0017:211
D. Keith D00210/0021:390
S. Koekkoek D01310/0021:131
D. Kubalik LW11210/0014:460
O. Maatta D00200/0220:270
C. Murphy D01120/0220:260
A. Nylander LW20140/0010:080
B. Saad LW10041/1019:430
D. Strome RW01016/4013:200
J. Toews C123313/5218:291
Total81202825/2810-6
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
R. Andersson D00-230/0023:250
M. Backlund RW00-413/7015:340
S. Bennett LW20037/5015:072
T. Brodie D00-210/0020:490
B. Davidson D00120/0011:113
D. Dube RW02030/0014:561
J. Gaudreau LW02-150/0019:250
N. Hanifin D00-340/0024:361
M. Jankowski C00004/5011:050
O. Kylington D02110/0013:322
E. Lindholm C20023/1220:475
M. Lucic LW01020/0013:342
A. Mangiapane LW00-310/0214:040
S. Monahan C00-2511/6218:391
T. Rieder RW00-130/1011:200
Z. Rinaldo LW00000/0005:333
M. Stone D00-410/0019:220
M. Tkachuk RW01-450/0018:301
Total4804228/258-21
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
R. Lehner (W)424380.90560:00
GOALIESSA
R. Lehner (W)42
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Rittich 154110.73325:23
C. Talbot (L)13490.69234:32
GOALIESSA
D. Rittich 15
C. Talbot (L)13
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
CHI26-24-8
2428
CGY30-24-6
2114
TEAM STATS
3.26
GF AVG
3.54
GA AVG
.50
Power Play
3.04
GF AVG
3.28
GA AVG
.65
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.