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RECAP: Flames 3, Blackhawks 2

The Blackhawks fell 3-2 to the visiting Calgary Flames on Sunday night at the United Center

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

RAPID REACTION: The Blackhawks turned their play around in the back half of the game, but Calgary's two power-play goals in the second period proved too much to overcome as the Flames held on to win 3-2.

Sean Monahan made it 1-0 for the visitors at 10:07 of the first.

The Blackhawks got a huge response goal from their captain Jonathan Toews just 1:26 later.

Video: Strome on late chances vs. CGY

Despite being heavily outshot 18-6 in the first period, Corey Crawford helped keep it a tied game through 20 minutes.

In the second, Chris Kunitz received a five-minute penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct. The Flames capitalized when Elias Lindholm buried his 12th of the season to make it 2-1 at 7:18.

Derek Ryan followed that up with another power-play goal at 8:44 to increase the lead to 3-1.

The Blackhawks got a power-play goal back to make it a 3-2 game when Dylan Strome scored at 15:45 of the second on the man advantage.

Chicago pulled Crawford with about two minutes left but couldn't net the equalizer.

Video: CGY@CHI: Toews shows off speed on breakaway goal

THE CAPTAIN: Toews' goal appeared to be a release of frustrations as he launched himself into the glass in celebration. The beauty goal came when he burst down the right win with speed and kept the puck ahead of the defender in the race to the net. He put a move on Mike Smith and buried his 12th of the season. His .429 goals-per-game average would put him on pace for 35 this season. His career high was 34 in 2008-09.

POWER PLAY BREAKS THROUGH: Following an 0-for-14 run on the power play, Chicago finally broke through in the middle frame. They finished the game 1-for-4.

Video: CGY@CHI: Strome flips backhand past Smith for PPG

SPEAKING OF STROME: The man who scored that power-play goal had a great game for Chicago. One of the newest Blackhawks - acquired via trade on Nov. 25 - finished the game with a goal on four shots. He also set up numerous chances.

TALKING POINTS: "We're seeing improvement in parts of our game at times and then it just seems like we make other mistakes and all the good things that we're doing are never good enough. It's frustrating when you don't get the results. When you see pucks go in and you get wins, it's just easier to mentally reinforce what you want to do as a team. It's just not happening right now. We can't sit around and sulk and think things will turn around that way. All you do is you keep working and stick with it." - Toews on the loss

WHAT'S NEXT:  The Blackhawks hit the road for two games beginning Wednesday in Anaheim against the Ducks. The game is at 9:30 p.m. CT and can be seen on NBCSN and WGN or heard on WGN 720.

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