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Chicago won 4-2 (Game 2 of 6)

Chicago won 4-2

Game 1: Thursday, April 16th
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Game 2: Saturday, April 18th
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Game 3: Monday, April 20th
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Game 4: Wednesday, April 22nd
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Game 5: Saturday, April 25th
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Game 6: Monday, April 27th
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9:00 PM ET, April 18, 2009

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

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J. Toews (Blackhawks - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Iginla (Flames - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

N. Khabibulin (Blackhawks - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: .938

Toews' two goals erase early deficit as Hawks take 2-0 lead over Flames

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews' first two career playoff goals were much more than a personal milestone for the 20-year-old Chicago Blackhawks captain.

Fast Facts

• After winning just one playoff game in the last 11 years, the Blackhawks now lead the Flames 2-0 in the series.

• Chicago got all three of its goals in the second period, including two from Jonathan Toews.

• Patrick Sharp added a goal and an assist. He had one point in his first 13 playoff games.

• Calgary led 2-0 after the first period, but managed just 18 shots in the final two periods.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The first one got his team back in the game.

The second one, with just 24 seconds to go in the second period, put Chicago ahead as the Blackhawks rallied for a 3-2 victory over Calgary on Saturday night in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Now with Toews and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin leading the way, the Blackhawks hold a 2-0 lead with Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-7 series in Calgary on Monday and Wednesday.

"It's not always the way we drew it up," Toews said after Chicago got off to a slow start and then came from behind to win for the second straight game. "We knew there was a lot of hockey left."

Toews' second goal of the period came on a rebound with only 24 seconds remaining in the second and made it 3-2.

"It was kind of a fresh start for us. It was a great second period and an even better third, knowing we held them off for so long," Toews added. "The last two games have been incredible experiences."

When Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff stopped a hard slapper from the left circle by Dave Bolland, the puck bounced off of him. Toews was right there to knock it in and give the young Blackhawks the lead.

Khabibulin made it stand up with some stellar stops in the third before finishing with 30 saves. Kiprusoff also stopped 30 shots.

"We established a good road game. We took the lead, played with a lot of authority in the first period," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. "We expected them to come back and push us hard, which they did. ... We didn't respond like we needed to. They were able to take the game back in the second period."

Jarome Iginla and Adrian Aucoin gave the Flames a 2-0 lead in the opening period, momentarily quieting another raucous crowd at the United Center. But for a second straight game the Flames couldn't hold a lead.

"We didn't make plays on the puck and we were getting pushed off it. That's unacceptable," Iginla said. "Nobody's happy here. We know we let not only one game, but two games slip away and we'll see what we can do and what we're capable of."

Chicago responded with the power-play goal from Toews early in the second and a tying score from Patrick Sharp before taking the lead.

"Down 2-0 in your own building is not anything you are looking for," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "I liked the way we battled back. ... After the first period we weren't happy. We knew we had a power play in our back pocket. That was pivotal for us. We got some huge momentum off that."

The Flames were 0-for-43 on the power play over their final 10 regular-season games and 0-for-3 in Game 1 before Iginla converted. Dion Phaneuf fired a shot from the point, and after teammate Mike Cammalleri had a chance in-close, Iginla followed in the rebound past Khabibulin for a 1-0 lead.

With both teams a man down, the Flames made it 2-0 when former Blackhawks defenseman Adrian Aucoin shoveled in a shot from the crease after the puck bounced off Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith's stick and went under Khabibulin.

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But on a power play 46 seconds into the second period -- the penalty started near the end of the first -- Toews took a nice diagonal pass from Sharp and easily pushed it past Kiprusoff to cut it to 2-1.

"That to me was the big goal of night for us. It ignited the building and ignited our team," Quenneville said.

Sharp tied it with just under six minutes to go in the second when he streaked to the net ahead of the Calgary defense and took a pass from Patrick Kane for the goal.

Khabibulin then turned away four shots on a Flames power play, and minutes later Toews put Chicago ahead.

Early in the final period it was Khabibulin making a great save on a close-in attempt by Olli Jokinen and another with his leg minutes later to stop Rene Bourque to keep Chicago ahead.

He made another big stop with 1:47 left when he turned away another shot by Jokinen.

"He was spectacular," Quenneville said of Khabibulin, who beat Calgary in the 2004 Stanley Cup finals while with Tampa Bay.

Just like Game 1, Calgary came out aggressively and banged the Blackhawks around on the boards. Chicago's Martin Havlat, who scored two goals in the opener including the winner 12 seconds into overtime that provided a 3-2 victory, was a prime target for the Flames' hard checking, as was Kane.

Game notes


Flames D Cory Sarich, who missed the final six games of the regular season and Thursday night's playoff opener with a foot injury, returned to the ice. ... Da Coach Mike Ditka dropped the ceremonial first puck. Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster participated in a promotional puck shooting contest between the second and third periods.

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