The Blackhawks dropped the finale of their season-long four-game trip on Tuesday night to the Calgary Flames, 5-2. A late third period goal from Matthew Tkachuk proved the difference as Calgary netted a pair of empty netters late to make it a lopsided final.
Brandon Hagel scored for a second straight game and Reese Johnson scored his first NHL goal in the defeat. Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves on 36 shots in the loss, snapping a four-game winning streak for the netminder.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Reese Johnson notched his first NHL point with an assist on Hagel's opener and then scored his first NHL goal in the second period, completing his first multi-point performance in the process in Calgary.
UP NEXT: Chicago returns home from the longest trip to date for a Black Friday meeting with the St. Louis Blues at the United Center starting at 2:30 p.m. (TICKETS).
The Flames opened the scoring for their eighth straight contest to take an early 1-0 advantage. Dillon Dube skated into the Blackhawks zone off a rush and put a wrister from the top of the circle past the glove of Marc-Andre Fleury for the game's first goal.
The Blackhawks answered with a top-corner snipe of their own midway through the frame as Brandon Hagel netted a goal for a second straight game and the third in his last four games. Hagel picked off an errant pass by Tyler Pitlick under pressure from Ryan Carpenter at the top of the circle in the offensive end and quickly ripped a wrister past the glove of Jacob Markstrom for a 1-1 score.
The Flames answered on a forecheck a few minutes later as Brad Richardson knocked Connor Murphy off a puck along the boards and quickly found Milan Lucic standing on the near dot. The forward put a quick shot on goal through traffic in front to make it a 2-1 game.
CHI: 2, CGY: 2
2nd - 3:51 - Reese Johnson
Chicago pulled even once again early in the second period as Reese Johnson netted his first NHL goal while capitalizing off a turnover. The forward's pressure on Jacob Markstrom behind his own goal forced the netminder to second guess a pass, eventually trying to find Elias Lindholm at the bottom of the circle. Lindholm bobbled the pass and Johnson was there to pounce on the loose puck, quickly putting a shot on goal past a scrambling Markstrom for the 2-2 scoreline.
3rd - 14:25 - Matthew Tkachuk (Rasmus Andersson, Elias Lindholm)
The Flames took a late lead in the third as Matthew Tkachuk stood at the side of the goal and put a centering feed towards the slot that then ramped off the skate of Seth Jones in front and above the shoulder of Marc-Andre Fleury for a late 3-2 lead.
CHI: 2, CGY: 4
3rd - 18:39 Trevor Lewis - EN
With under two mintues to play and Marc-Andre Fleury pulled for the extra attacker, the Flames made it a 4-2 game off the stick of Trevor Lewis.
CHI: 2, CGY: 5
3rd - 19:34 - Johnny Gaudreau - EN
Johnny Gaudreau potted another empty netter late to make it a lopsided 5-2 final.