Roman Hamrlik had a goal and two assists as Calgary fought back
with four unanswered goals to beat the Blackhawks 5-3 on Sunday and
snap a two-game losing streak.
After Hamrlik's even-strength score late in the first cut it to
3-2, Steven Reinprecht, Dion Phaneuf and Chuck Kobasew had the
final three goals -- all on the power-play -- as the Flames went
3-for-6 with the advantage.
Phaneuf's 5-on-3 goal late in the second period snapped a 3-3
tie and stood up as the winner. Calgary's Darren McCarty scored in
"The key was getting our feet moving and drawing penalties,"
said Kobasew, who scored on a mid-air deflection. "We knew that
special teams would be the difference."
"They (Chicago's penalty killers) are very, very aggressive,"
Kobasew added. "Five-on-four, four-on-three, they come at you. We
almost had to play it like we were five-on-five."
Flames leading scorer Jarome Iginla was held off the scoresheet
for the third straight game, but was on the ice for three Calgary
"I think our power play outcompeted their penalty killing,"
Iginla said. "They outcompeted us in the first period. Going into
the second, I think everybody found another level."
"They made some pretty good shots," Munro said. "They seemed
to take advantage of their power plays and they've obviously got a
good power play and they showed us what it was like."
Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney wasn't so quick to give the Flames
credit. Chicago has won just four of 20 overall and three of 15 at
"The power-play goals were all missed assignments." Yawney
said. "We abandoned what worked in the first period: That was
shooting the puck. We wanted to pass the puck into the net."
After taking 14 shots by 15:23 of the first period -- when Bell's
power-play goal made it 3-1 -- the Blackhawks had just 10 the rest
of the game.
The teams played the second of back-to-back games at the United
Center after Chicago defeated Calgary 2-0 on Thursday. It marked
the first time since 1959 that the Blackhawks played consecutive
games at home against the same opponent.
On Thursday, Munro and Kiprusoff squared off in a goaltending
duel. It was scoreless until Chicago's Martin Lapointe scored a
power-play goal with 6:11 left in the third period.
Sunday's contest, however, started with a scoring flurry, and
the Blackhawks led 3-2 after the first period.
McCarty jammed in a shot from the side of the net to open the
scoring just 39 seconds in.
Vrbata tied it 1-all at 1:09, and Bourque gave Chicago a 2-1
lead just 9 seconds later.
With Kiprusoff down, Vrbata fired in a shot from a sharp angle
on left wing to tie it. Bourque connected from the front of the
net, after taking a pass from Curtis Brown to complete a
Bell made it 3-1 with 4:37 left in the first with a power-play
goal. He converted a rebound of Brent Seabrook's shot from the
Hamrlik cut it to 3-2 with 1:10 left in the period.
Power-play goals by Reinprecht and Phaneuf in the second period
put Calgary ahead 4-3.
Reinprecht tied it at 3 from the slot 6:56 into the period.
Following a faceoff, he turned and fired a rising shot past Munro's
Phaneuf's 5-on-3 power-play goal with 4:11 left in the second
gave the Flames a 4-3 lead.
Chicago D Adrian Aucoin left the game midway through the
first period with a shoulder injury and didn't return. ... Due to
an ice show at the United Center and the NHL's Olympic break, the
Blackhawks don't play their next home game until March 1. ... The
Blackhawks hosted the New York Rangers in consecutive games on Jan.
11 and 17, 1959. ... Chicago C Patrick Sharp returned after missing
five games with the flu and a concussion. ... Calgary LW Jason
Wiemer was a healthy scratch for the seventh straight game.
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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Shane Heyer, Mike Leggo Linesmen: Don Henderson, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 15,748 (79.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Darren McCarty (5)
Assists: Chuck Kobasew, Stephane Yelle