Game Recap

Flames 5, Blackhawks 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 5, Blackhawks 3
Calgary Flames 5, Chicago Blackhawks 3

CHICAGO (AP) - The Calgary Flames used a determined power-play unit to rally to victory against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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 first.

"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 goals.

"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."

Chicago's Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist. Mark Bell and Rene Bourque also scored for the Blackhawks.

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 21 shots. Blackhawks rookie counterpart Adam Munro blocked 24.

"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 home.

"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 two-on-one.

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 point.

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 glove.

Phaneuf's 5-on-3 power-play goal with 4:11 left in the second gave the Flames a 4-3 lead.

Notes: 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
Darren McCarty (5) ASST: Chuck Kobasew (7), Stephane Yelle (9)
1 - 0 CGY
Radim Vrbata (7) ASST: Tyler Arnason (24), Kyle Calder (22)
1 - 1 Tie
Rene Bourque (8) ASST: Curtis Brown (7), Pavel Vorobiev (12)
2 - 1 CHI
PPG - Mark Bell (18) ASST: Brent Seabrook (14), Radim Vrbata (9)
3 - 1 CHI
Roman Hamrlik (5) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (21)
3 - 2 CHI
2nd Period
PPG - Steve Reinprecht (10) ASST: Roman Hamrlik (13), Matthew Lombardi (13)
3 - 3 Tie
PPG - Dion Phaneuf (12) ASST: Roman Hamrlik (14), Tony Amonte (19)
4 - 3 CGY
3rd Period
PPG - Chuck Kobasew (15) ASST: Kristian Huselius (19), Andrew Ference (20)
5 - 3 CGY
Power Play Stats
Power Plays3/61/7
Power Play %18.8%17.6%
% on Road19.0%19.5%
% at Home18.7%15.8%
League Rank13th20th
penalty summary
1st Period
Andrew Ference  Hi-sticking against  Kyle Calder
Marcus Nilson  Tripping against  Kyle Calder
2nd Period
Mark Bell  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Rene Bourque  Hooking against  Jarome Iginla
Andrew Ference  Holding against  Pavel Vorobiev
Dion Phaneuf  Interference
Jim Vandermeer  Roughing against  Steve Reinprecht
Mark Bell  Hooking against  Steve Reinprecht
3rd Period
Matthew Lombardi  Boarding against  Andy Hilbert
Darren McCarty  Holding
Pavel Vorobiev  Hooking
Jim Vandermeer  Hooking
Matthew Lombardi  Tripping against  Brent Seabrook
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .875SH: 2 - 2
Adam Munro
SA: 29TOI: 58:19
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 7
SV%: .828SH: 1 - 1
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