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Blackhawks score three in second, defeat Flames

by Brian Hedger /

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each had a goal and assist to help the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames at United Center on Sunday.

Chicago goalie Scott Darling made 25 saves in his first start since allowing five goals in a 5-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Oct 30.

"Last start I'd had, I didn't play well," said Darling, who made seven saves to help kill two Calgary power plays in the second period. "When you're dwelling on it for two weeks, you're really excited to get back in the net and make the most of this opportunity. It's not fun to sit there and think about it. You don't have the luxury of just playing again and moving on and forgetting about it."

Artemi Panarin and Jonathan Toews also scored for the Blackhawks (10-7-1), who are 8-2-1 at home and 7-0-0 when leading after two periods.

Chicago is back at full strength after veteran defensemen Duncan Keith and Michal Rozsival each returned from injury in a 4-2 win at the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

"That was probably our best two games back-to-back, and the consistency we always look for was right there," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after watching the Blackhawks overcome a 1-0 deficit in the second period with three goals in 1:55. "We had some more four-line rotation going on, where we had some predictability, timely goals, some nice plays, and I thought across the board everybody contributed."

Kane, who leads the NHL in goals (13) and scoring (28 points), has a career-high seven-game goal streak. He has 10 goals and 12 assists during a League-high 13-game point streak, which is one shy of his career-best.

With an assist on Hossa's goal, Keith had one in each of his first two games since returning from Oct. 20 surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee.

David Jones scored for Calgary (6-12-1), which got 37 saves from Karri Ramo in his eighth straight start.

The first period ended scoreless, with the Blackhawks holding a 10-4 lead in shots.

Jones scored his sixth goal off a rebound to give Calgary a 1-0 lead at 3:41, but Kane, Hossa and Panarin responded with three straight goals to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead.

"They use their speed to their advantage," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "They caught us in a few good plays on their side and a few tough decisions on ours. Here's a team that, as soon as they get a good chance, you know that they'll capitalize on them, and they did."

Kane scored the first one with a backhand shot off a rebound at 6:37 to extend his streaks, Hossa scored his second goal off a point shot at 7:40 for Chicago's first lead, and Kane fed Panarin at 8:32 with a pass from below the goal line for a snap shot that beat Ramo to the glove side.

"I think they did a good job of using their [defensemen] and using the cycle," Calgary captain Mark Giordano said. "Kane and [Panarin], when they got the puck tonight, it seemed like they had it forever, and we just didn't do a good enough job of reading and reacting and killing plays early. Bottom line is, you give them time, they're going to make plays, and that's what they did."

Toews scored into an empty net with 38 seconds left.

The Blackhawks, who are 2-5-0 on the road, begin their annual "Circus Trip" on Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers. They'll play six games over 11 days in Western Canada and California.

"It was nice to get the [win Saturday] on the road in a tough building," Keith said. "To be able to follow it up at home here, with it being the last game going on to our long road trip, I think we're excited about that and hopefully carry it on to the road."

Prior to the game, there was a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attacks in Paris on Friday.

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