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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Blackhawks

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY -- Ray Emery was the only goaltender to start a season with 11 consecutive wins.

He's run that total to 12.

Emery kicked out 16 shots while Patrick Kane had a pair of assists to extend his point streak to seven games as the Chicago Blackhawks shutout the Calgary Flames 2-0 at the United Center on Tuesday.

The loss is Calgary's 10th consecutive away from Scotiabank Saddledome and have not won in Chicago since March 2008, a 0-11-1 drought.

Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy opened the scoring 7:09 into the game. Patrick Kane's centering pass through the slot was deflected onto Leddy's stick, who walked in and slipped the puck along the ice through Miikka Kiprusoff for the 1-0 lead.

Kiprusoff ensured the Blackhawks didn't exited that lead to two with 2:53 remaining in the period after robbing Jamal Mayers in alone behind the play, getting his body in front of the puck on his uncontested attempt.

The save was one of 33 saves for Kiprusoff and temporarily sparked Calgary's offense.

Circling behind the net with the puck, TJ Brodie slipped a pass between the skates of Brent Seabrook and onto the stick of Jarome Iginla in front, who was denied by Chicago keeper Ray Emery in the dying minutes of the first.

The Flames couldn't build on the chance in the second, firing just three shots Emery's way through the middle 20 minutes. Carrying the play, Chicago struck on one of their 16 shots of the frame.

Applying pressure in the Calgary end, Seabrook's shot deflected off the stick of Iginla and fluttered over Kiprusoff to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead with just 2:12 remaining in the second.

With a two-goal lead heading into the third, the Blackhawks gave Calgary little in the way of offensive opportunities, holding them to just


After kicking out Viktor Stalberg's initial shot on the rush, Kiprusoff booted the rebound onto the stick of Andrew Shaw, forcing the Flames goaltender to sprawl out to deny the 21-year-old on the second opportunity.


With 11 minutes left in the game, Matt Stajan drilled former teammate Mayers with a hit in the Blackhawks zone, sending the former Flames forward to the ice.


Seabrook's goal gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead late in the second period and proved to be too much to overcome over the final 20 minutes of the game.


"We got out-competed tonight, no question. Everyone except Kipper."

-Jarome Iginla


Tuesday's game in Chicago was a milestone night for Cory Sarich, who played in his 900th career National Hockey League game.


Defensemen Anton Babchuk and Derek Smith and forward Brian McGrattan were scratched for the Flames against the Blackhawks. Paul Byron remains on injured reserve with a broken wrist.


The Flames have no time to rest, immediately flying back to Calgary to take on the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday (8 p.m. MT, SNET-W). Calgary closes out the month at home Friday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).

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