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Inside the Game: Hawks burn Flames

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames ended their two-game homestand on an ugly note, losing 7-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Troy Brouwer opened the scoring early in the first period. The Hawks were on the power play when he batted an errant puck over a sprawled Miikka Kiprusoff.

Olli Jokinen

The Flames got themselves on the board just 14 seconds into the second period when Olli Jokinen ripped a shot past Cristobal Huet while Calgary was on the power play. It was Jokinen's third goal of the season and his first in eight games.

Chicago took over the play from there. Kris Veersteeg gave the Hawks the lead against when he tipped in Brent Seabrook's shot from the point.

After that, Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd notched Chicago's third and fourth goals with great individual efforts.

Patrick Kane and Veersteeg gave the Hawks a five-goal lead late in the frame when they scored on a 5-on-3 and then again just 36 seconds later.

Curtis McElhinney took over the netminding duties in the third period. He allowed one goal in his 20 minutes of play.


8 - Games Olli Jokinen went without scoring a goal. The drought ended just 14 seconds into the second period when he wired one past Huet.

2 - Straight games in which the Flames have been scored on first. They've scored first in 15 of their 20 games thus far.

1 - Number of times this season Kiprusoff has been pulled.

23:08 - Ice time for Mark Giordano. He topped all Flames in ice time. Workhorse Jay Bouwmeester ranked second in that category with 23:01.

13 -  Goals for Hawks in two games against Calgary this campaign. They've scored six or more goals in both meetings.

2 - Blocked shots by Fredrik Sjostrom, leading all Flames in that department. Calgary only had nine blocks in the game. Chicago had 18.

60 - Per cent of faceoff wins for Dustin Boyd.


Rene Bourque was hit hard by Niklas Hjalmarsson in the second period and left the game with an undisclosed injury. His status won't be known until Friday ... Jarome Iginla has five points in his last five games ... The Flames head out to sunny California for a two-game road swing that will see them take on the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.


After evening the game up at one apiece, the Flames took their foot off the gas pedal and allowed the Hawks to come flying at them. Chicago's power play was clicking all night and the Flames penalty kill units couldn't contain them. In fact, the Hawks connected on four out of their five power plays. The Flames power play looked ragged and they only managed to find the back of the net once with the man advantage.


Late in the first period, while the Hawks were trying to get in on the forecheck, Dion Phaneuf sent Chicago captain Jonathan Toews hard into the boards with a solid shoulder check. Toews looked dazed as he got to his feet but that didn't stop the Flames from sending him back into the boards on the same shift.


"We have to look in the mirror and see what it takes to be successful
because that certainly wasn't it." - Eric Nystrom


Flames scratches were D Aaron Johnson, D Staffan Kronwall and F Brandon Prust.

Kris Veersteeg - Notched two goals in his team's win
Patrick Kane - Scored a goal and an assist to celebrate his birthday
Olli Jokinen - Broke an eight-game goalless drought


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