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Blackhawks rally from five down to beat Flames in OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Blackhawks rally from five down to beat Flames in OT
Calgary Flames 5, Chicago Blackhawks 6

A comeback of historic proportions took place at the United Center on Monday night.

After allowing five goals in a span of 5:29 during the first period, the Chicago Blackhawks roared back with six unanswered tallies -- capped by Brent Seabrook's winner 26 seconds into overtime -- for a wild 6-5 victory against the Calgary Flames.

It was the biggest comeback in the history of the "Original Six" franchise and came against the team the Blackhawks eliminated in the opening round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it tied the NHL record for the biggest deficit overcome.

Dustin Boyd, Eric Nystrom, Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and Olli Jokinen all scored in the opening period for the Flames.  The first three tallies came in a 53-second span, which prompted Chicago coach Joel Quenneville to replace Cristobal Huet in favor of Antti Niemi. Iginla's tally came on a breakaway.
   
''We were embarrassed," Seabrook said. "Our fans weren't very happy and they let us know about it. We want to have good starts and we want to help our goaltender out. That was unacceptable.''
   
But John Madden got the Blackhawks on the comeback trail when he put a rebound past Miikka Kiprusoff with 2:18 left in the first. Patrick Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and Dave Bolland all found the back of the net in the second to cut Calgary's lead to 5-4. Byfuglien and Bolland's goals came just 41 seconds apart.

Patrick Sharp tied the game with his fourth goal of the season -- a redirection off a shot from Duncan Keith -- at 4:32 of the second period. All 10 goals in regulation came at even strength.

''We were getting rid of it (the puck) a little too quick, all of us all the way around. When you don't have composure, that's the result,'' Iginla said.
   
''It stings all the way through and we're embarrassed.''
   
The biggest deficit overcome by the Blackhawks previously was four goals, most recently in 1989 when they rallied to beat the Winnipeg Jets, 7-4.
   
''A pretty amazing game,'' Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. ''From the worst to as good as you can get.''
   
Naturally, Flames coach Brent Sutter didn't share the same feelings.
   
"There's not really words to describe it … a huge lack of mental toughness within the group," Sutter said. "It just says more and more about how much work needs to be down with this group. It's not about structure or anything like that. It's about stuff between their ears."

-- Brian Compton, NHL.com

Material from wire services was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:14
CGY
Dustin Boyd (1) ASST: Brandon Prust (1), Brian McGrattan (1)
1 - 0 CGY
06:48
CGY
Eric Nystrom (3) ASST: Robyn Regehr (2), Curtis Glencross (1)
2 - 0 CGY
07:07
CGY
Jarome Iginla (2) ASST: Olli Jokinen (3), Fredrik Sjostrom (3)
3 - 0 CGY
10:44
CGY
Rene Bourque (4) ASST: Dustin Boyd (2)
4 - 0 CGY
11:43
CGY
Olli Jokinen (1) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (3)
5 - 0 CGY
17:42
CHI
John Madden (1) ASST: Cam Barker (2), Andrew Ladd (1)
5 - 1 CGY
2nd Period
07:37
CHI
Patrick Kane (3) ASST: Dave Bolland (2), Brian Campbell (2)
5 - 2 CGY
13:44
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien (3) ASST: Patrick Kane (3)
5 - 3 CGY
14:25
CHI
Dave Bolland (1) ASST: Patrick Kane (4), Brian Campbell (3)
5 - 4 CGY
3rd Period
04:32
CHI
Patrick Sharp (4) ASST: Duncan Keith (2), Andrew Ladd (2)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
00:26
CHI
Brent Seabrook (1) ASST: NONE
6 - 5 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
07:43
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Tripping against  Kris Versteeg
2nd Period
01:52
CGY
Adam Pardy  Hooking against  Jonathan Toews
11:17
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Miikka Kiprusoff
14:31
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Fighting against  Jarome Iginla
14:31
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Fighting against  Troy Brouwer
15:03
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Hi-sticking against  Dave Bolland
3rd Period
07:16
CGY
Nigel Dawes  Tripping against  Troy Brouwer
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 39TOI: 60:26
Saves: 33EV: 26 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .846SH: 1 - 1
Antti Niemi
SA: 15TOI: 53:14
Saves: 13EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .867SH: 4 - 4
Cristobal Huet
SA: 5TOI: 7:07
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .400SH: 0 - 0