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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Blackhawks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
CALGARY, AB -- In the past, the Calgary Flames have not had the best luck against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Scotiabank Saddledome. Their fortunes changed on Friday night.

The Flames picked up their first victory over the Blackhawks in Calgary since Nov. 22, 2006, thumping the defending Stanley Cup champions 7-2.

Jarome Iginla burst out of his scoring slump with a natural hat trick. He checked in with his fourth of the campaign at the half-way point of the second period after a great passing play with linemates Matt Stajan and Alex Tanguay.
At 18:42 of the middle stanza, he was able to deflect a Tanguay shot and Iginla added his third of the night at 18:30, completing the hat trick.

Calgary also received goals from Niklas Hagman, David Moss, Brendan Morrison and Curtis Glencross.

Just over 11:00 into the first period, Dave Bolland was sent to the box for slashing and the Flames power play went to work. Moss parked himself in front of Turco, providing an excellent screen for Calgary to work with, and didn't allow the Blackhawks defence to shove him out of the slot. When Tanguay threw the puck towards the net, Moss was there to scoop it up and shovel it past Turco.

The goal gave the Flames their first lead and the team never looked back from that point on.

Mid-way through the second period, the Flames top line was able to capitalize on a Chicago turnover with a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play. Stajan stripped Niklas Hjalmarsson of the puck at the Blackhawks blueline and went flying into the zone. He threw the pass to Tanguay, who was perched at the side of the net and he whipped it back to Iginla, who had skated into the slot. The captain fired the puck past Turco, giving the Flames their third marker of the night.

The captain definitely led by example on Friday night. Iginla came out blazing against the Blackhawks, notching three goals, six shots on net and two hits in 17:55 of ice time.

His last hat trick came on Mar. 7 against the Minnesota Wild. It's Iginla's second multi-point outing in the past three games.

The last player to wear number 33 for the Flames was Brandon Prust in 2009-10. Anton Babchuk is the 15th player in franchise history to don the number. Assistant coach Jamie McLennan also wore the number in the 2002-03 season.

"We knew needed this game. We look at the standings and we need to climb. More importantly, we've got to start feeling better and start feeling good about ourselves and having some success ... tonight we were a lot more confident and everyone came to play. It's one to build on." - Iginla

  Sunday, Nov. 21 vs. Detroit
  3:00 PM MT (Sportsnet Flames, FAN 960)

The first stop on the Flames five-game road swing starts in Motor City, taking on the Red Wings. The last time the Flames visited the Joe Louis Arena was on Oct. 21 when they fell by a score of 4-2. Mikael Backlund scored both Flames goals in the contest, earning his first two tallies of the campaign.

Game time is 3:00 PM MT on Sportsnet Flames & The FAN 960.
6 Goals this season for Iginla this season.
17:05 Ice time for Anton Babchuk in his Flames debut.
1458 Days since the Flames last beat the Blackhawks in Calgary.
19 The hit differential. The Flames sent 22 at the Blackhawks while they could only muster 3.
36 Shots on net for the Flames.

1st Star
Jarome Iginla
G A P +/- Shots
3 0 3 +2 6
2nd Star
Niklas Hagman
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 0 4
3rd Star
Alex Tanguay
G A P +/- Shots
0 3 3 +2 1

Marty Turco
36 29 7 60:00 .805

Miikka Kiprusoff
33 31 2 60:00 .939

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