Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Saturday, November 22nd
Game 3: Thursday, January 8th
Game 4: Friday, January 30th

Blackhawks 1

(6-9-3, 19 pts)

Flames 2

(9-8-2, 20 pts)

9:00 PM ET, November 22, 2003

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
CHI 0 0 11
CGY 0 1 12

M. Kiprusoff (Flames - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

J. Maund (G):

J. Leopold (Flames - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Ex-Hawk McAmmond lifts Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The Calgary Flames have a shown a knack for dramatic endings lately.

Dean McAmmond scored the game-winning goal with just 49 seconds left Saturday night to help Calgary extend its winning streak to three games with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

McAmmond picked up a loose puck along the boards in the Chicago zone and skated toward the net, where he eluded a diving poke check from goaltender Craig Anderson and tucked in a backhand.

"When I got the puck and looked up at the net, I didn't see anything. I didn't see any other players at all other than the goalie so I felt like I had a lot of time," said McAmmond, whose scored his fifth this season.

Calgary won the first three games of its season-high six game homestand with late goals.

Tuesday against Toronto, Toni Lydman scored in overtime. On Thursday, Martin Gelinas beat Montreal by scoring with 1:14 left in the third.

"We've seen what it takes to score some goals and we've seen what it takes to play good defense," McAmmond said. "We're doing a lot of good things right now and we've just got to keep it up."

Steven Reinprecht also scored for Calgary. Reinprecht has goals in three straight games, adding two assists during that stretch.

Kyle Calder had the lone goal for Chicago, winless in eight games (0-4-1-3).

"We've got to play 60 full minutes to win a hockey game and we only played 59 minutes tonight and the one minute we let up, the puck's in the back of the net," Calder said. "It's been a rough couple of weeks, but we've got to battle through it."

Chicago forward Steve Sullivan echoed Calder's comments.

"It's disheartening and we've been losing games like this for the last seven or eight games," Sullivan said.

Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made 24 saves to win his second straight start since being acquired from San Jose on Sunday.

"The talk has been that he hasn't played for seven months but he's very focused, he's hungry," Flames assistant coach Jim Playfair said. "He's an important part of our team right now and it's good for those players to feel confident with him in here."

Anderson played well and made 26 stops. He is winless both on the season (0-3-0) and in his NHL career (0-6-2).

Calgary finally scored the game's first goal when Reinprecht connected during a power play at 13:09 of the second period.

Jordan Leopold's slap shot deflected off the skate of Chicago defenseman Steve Poapst straight to Reinprecht, who lifted in a backhand over Anderson.

The lead disappeared 1:21 into the third when Calder benefited from a creative setup from Sullivan.

Darting down the wing into the Flames zone, Sullivan suddenly curled back toward the blue line and flipped a backhand pass into the slot that Calder knocked in.< ^Notes@: Chicago D Bryan Berard didn't dress due to a groin injury. ... Calgary D Rhett Warrener played in his 500th NHL game. ... The Flames are 3-0 when leading after the first period. ... With 213 career goals, Calgary RW Jarome Iginla is two behind Lanny McDonald for fifth place on the Flames' career list.

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