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
"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
"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."
"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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Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome Location: Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Michael McGeough, Brad Meier Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 15,549 (80.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Steve Reinprecht (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Jordan Leopold, Matthew Lombardi
Kyle Calder (7)
Assists: Steve Sullivan, Tyler Arnason