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Elliott stellar in shootout win over 'Hawks

Brian Elliott made 32 saves and stopped all seven Blackhawk skaters in the shootout to preserve the win for Calgary

by Jason Johnson @Jay__Jo / CalgaryFlames.com

CHICAGO, IL -- Brian Elliott netted his first win as a member of the Calgary Flames in spectacular fashion.
 
Elliott made 32 saves, and Kris Versteeg scored in the seventh round of the shootout to help the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday.
 
"It was good," said Elliott, who was acquired by Calgary from the St. Louis Blues in the summer. "I definitely wanted that one. Everyone (did) for that matter. We haven't been playing like we've wanted to. The guys came out and had a heck of an effort. I just wanted to stop as many as I could back there."

Versteeg faked a shot before quickly dekeing Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford and finding the back of the net for the win.

Video: CGY@CHI: Versteeg nets nifty move for SO win
 
"It's definitely a little nerve-wracking when everyone kept missing," Versteeg said. "To go in and score is a nice feeling. I've probably taken two shots in the past three years, for sure. It doesn't happen too frequently anymore so when I do I don't really know. I just black out."
 
Elliott stopped all seven Blackhawks skaters in the shootout prior to Versteeg's goal to earn his first win with the Flames. He had started the season 0-3-0 with a 4.72 GAA and .839 save percentage in three games.
 
"You just reset yourself every shot and try to give the guys a chance to put one home," Elliott said. "It took a little longer than we wanted but we got it done tonight."
 
Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan scored in regulation for the Flames, who win to open a back-to-back set that concludes Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.
 
Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell scored, and Crawford made 29 saves for the Blackhawks.
 
It was Elliott's work that pushed the game into extra time.
 
Tied 2-2, Elliott stopped Marian Hossa's initial sharp-angled shot, and then extended his right leg to take away an empty net from Richard Panik in the dying seconds of the third.

Video: CGY@CHI: Elliott makes clutch desperation skate save
 
"It rebounded right to him in the slot," Elliott said. "I just tried to throw the furniture at it and got a piece of it with my skate. It was good but I was on my butt trying to swim to get back up."
 
Elliott also pushed the game to a shootout after making six saves in overtime, including two stops on Kane and another on Artemi Panarin with Calgary shorthanded.
 
"It was impressive," Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau said. "He stuck with it there and helped us win that game. That's why he was player of the game for our team. It's impressive to see that."
 
Bennett scored 4:51 into the game with Calgary's second power play goal of the season, and first in 23 opportunities. Crawford stopped Dougie Hamilton's initial shot, but Bennett helped force the rolling rebound over the goal line to put Calgary up 1-0.
 
Matt Stajan nearly doubled the lead to two with a shorthanded try at 9:15. He pulled up on a partial break but had his shot stopped by Crawford's stick. Crawford also stopped Versteeg's chip shot after he worked his way behind Chicago's defence with 2:18 remaining in the first.
 
Chicago tied the game early in the second. Artem Anisimov picked up an errant pass by Deryk Engelland and fed Kane, who one-timed his second goal of the season by Elliott at 1:32 to tie the game 1-1.
 
Monahan broke the tie at 6:52 of the second period. Crawford stopped Mark Giordano's one-timer after taking a no-look backhand pass through the high slot, but Monahan tapped in the loose rebound.
 
Stajan almost put the Flames up by two. With a step on Chicago's defence, he took a pass from Gaudreau off the rush but was stopped by Crawford.
 
Campbell tied the game 2-2 at 4:12 of the third period. His centering pass bounced off the stick of Flames defenceman TJ Brodie and by Elliott.
 
NOTES: The Flames finished 2-for-5 on the power play, and killed both penalties taken. Calgary outhit Chicago 35-11. Freddie Hamilton had a game-high six hits. Matthew Tkachuk, Brett Kulak and Nicklas Grossmann were scratched for Calgary.
 
UP NEXT: The Flames will play the St. Louis Blues in the second of back-to-back games on Tuesday (7 p.m. MT; SNF, SN960).

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