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Flames fall 4-1 to Blackhawks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Andrew Ladd had two goals and an assist, and Scott Darling made 31 saves to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen scored for the Blackhawks (43-25-7), who won for the second time in their previous eight games (2-4-2). Chicago trails the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues by six points for first in the Central Division, and is two points ahead of the Nashville Predators for third.

Dougie Hamilton scored, and Joni Ortio made 25 saves for the Flames (31-38-6), who have lost three in a row.

Shaw put Chicago up 2-1 with 49 seconds remaining in the second period, deflecting Michal Rozsival's shot from the point over Ortio to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games. The goal came after he took minor penalties for roughing and slashing 2:20 apart.

Darling made 11 third period saves, including back-to-back stops on Brandon Bollig's slap shot from the point and TJ Brodie with just over seven minutes remaining.

Ladd, with 1:12 left, and Teravainen, with 11.2 seconds remaining, scored into an empty net.

Ladd opened the scoring at 5:51 of the second, intercepting a pass by Brodie at Calgary's blue line and skating in before shooting by Ortio's blocker for his fourth goal since rejoining to the Blackhawks via a trade with the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 25.

Dougie Hamilton tied the game at 12:47. Freddie Hamilton fanned on a one-timer setup by Johnny Gaudreau in the slot but the puck skipped to Dougie Hamilton, whose shot beat Darling to make it 1-1. It's the first time in Flames history that brothers combined for a goal.

The Blackhawks continue their four-game road trip at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. The Flames start a four-game road trip at the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

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