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Gaudreau ices 2-1 OT win over Chicago

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Johnny Gaudreau scored 1:38 into overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 2-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

Sean Monahan scored, and Karri Ramo made 18 saves for the Flames (8-12-1), who have won four in a row at home.

Artem Anisimov scored, and Scott Darling made 35 saves for the Blackhawks (11-7-2), who have split the first two of six straight on the road on their annual "Circus Trip." Chicago plays at the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Gaudreau's first shot was stopped by Darling, but Gaudreau stripped Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook of the rebound, threw a quick fake and lifted a shot over the Chicago goaltender.

Darling held the Blackhawks even in the third period, making nine saves before Chicago's first shot at 11:39. He stopped Mason Raymond with an outstretched right pad at 1:30, and Monahan near the midway mark of the period from point-blank range. He also blockered away Joe Colborne's shot from the slot with 39 seconds remaining, his 14th save of the period.

Two first-period goals were followed by unsuccessful coach's challenges.

Monahan scored at 15:05, backhanding a rebound of Kris Russell's point shot to put Calgary up 1-0. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville challenged the goal, but replay confirmed no goaltender interference infraction occurred on Darling before the puck crossed the goal line.

Anisimov tied the game 13 seconds into a minor penalty to Flames defenceman Dougie Hamilton, sliding in the rebound off Seabrook's one-timer at 16:59. Flames coach Bob Hartley challenged the goal, but replay confirmed no goaltender interference on Ramo by Anisimov occurred on the play.

With an assist on the goal, Patrick Kane extended his NHL career-high point streak to 15 games (10 goals, 15 assists). He is three games away from the longest point streak by an American-born player (Eddie Olczyk, Phil Kessel).

Calgary defenceman Kris Russell sustained an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return to the game. Flames forward Jiri Hudler was scratched because of illness.

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