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The Blackhawks made themselves right at home in their friendlier indoor confines.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 34 shots, Martin Havlat, Andrew Ladd and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and an assist, and Chicago rebounded from consecutive losses to Detroit to beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Sunday night at United Center.

Kris Versteeg and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Chicago, swept by Detroit in a home-and-home series that wrapped up Thursday with the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

"This was an important game, back in our building," said defenseman Duncan Keith, who had two assists. "We wanted to get a good feeling back in our room. It felt like coming back home after a while. Part of the reason for our success at home is because we have a full building."

The Blackhawks, 12-1-4 at the United Center, won a franchise-record nine straight games before stumbling against the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings.

"It was a great opportunity for everybody to be part of (the Winter Classic)," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We move forward. I like the way we handled tonight. We played a team that's playing very well and it was a very important win for us."

In other NHL games Sunday, it was: New Jersey 4, Ottawa 3 in overtime; Montreal 6, Florida 5 in a shootout; Minnesota 2, Colorado 0; Dallas 3, Vancouver 2 in a shootout; Tampa Bay 4, Atlanta 1; and Anaheim 2, Phoenix 0.

In Chicago, Todd Bertuzzi and Daymond Langkow scored for Calgary in the Flames' first regulation loss since Dec. 9 at Montreal. The Flames had won five straight and earned points in 10 games in a row.

Chicago scoring leader Patrick Kane sat out because of a high ankle sprain, the first time he has missed a game in his NHL career because of injury. He was hurt Tuesday night at Detroit, then played nearly 18 minutes Thursday in the Winter Classic.

"With Kaner out, guys have to step up, kind of do it by committee," Ladd said. "If it's me tonight and another guy another guy the next night, that's what we need."

Khabibulin stopped 19 of 20 shots in the third period.

"We came back strong in the third, but it was a little late," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. It's hard when you get that far behind."

At Newark, N.J., Brian Rolston scored on a power play 1:43 into overtime, and Scott Clemmensen made 17 saves in New Jersey's fourth win in five games.

Jamie Langenbrunner forced the overtime for New Jersey on a power-play goal with 3:40 left in regulation. Dainius Zubrus scored twice for the Devils.

Nick Foligno, Brendan Bell and Chris Kelly scored for the Senators, 3-8-2 in their last 13 games and 1-4-1 on an eight-game trip while the world junior tournament is in Ottawa.

At Montreal, Andrei Markov scored the only shootout goal, and Montreal backup Jaroslav Halak stopped Cory Stillman, Nathan Horton and Michael Frolik after making 19 saves in his second straight start.

Andrei Kostitsyn scored twice in regulation for the Canadiens, and Francis Bouillon, Tom Kostopoulos and Robert Lang added goals.

Radek Dvorak scored his second goal of the third period with 1:38 left to draw Florida even at 5. Brett McLean, David Booth, Jassen Cullimore also scored.

At Denver, Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Owen Nolan scored twice to help Minnesota snap a six-game road losing streak.

It's the first time in 61 regular-season and playoff games the Wild have held Colorado scoreless. The Avalanche have lost three in a row.

Backstrom improved to 5-1 lifetime at Pepsi Center, his most wins in any road arena. He has 13 career shutouts.

At Vancouver, British Columbia, rookie James Neal scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout for Dallas.

Ryan Kesler put the Canucks ahead in the fourth round, but Mike Modano tied it with a shot that trickled in off Jason LaBarbera's glove. After Marty Turco stopped Alex Burrows' deke, Neal beat LaBarbera with a shot past the blocker.

Modano had a goal and an assist, and Mike Ribeiro also scored in regulation. Kyle Wellwood and Darcy Hordichuk scored for Vancouver.

At Atlanta, Martin St. Louis scored twice, Mike Smith made 27 saves and Tampa Bay moved out of last place in the Southeast Division.

Tampa Bay (11-18-10) has 32 points, one more than Atlanta (13-22-5).

Smith's shutout bid ended with 21.2 seconds left when Erik Christensen scored off a rebound. Steve Eminger and Ryan Malone also scored for Tampa Bay.

At Anaheim, Jonas Hiller made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season for the Ducks, and Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist.

Ryan assisted on Chris Pronger's power-play goal early in the second period, and scored his seventh goal on a power play early in the third.

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