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Artem Anisimov extends streak in Blackhawks win

Has goal, assist against Flames; Patrick Kane has three points

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Artem Anisimov is making up for his slow start for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Anisimov has an NHL career-high eight-game point streak after he had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win against the Calgary Flames at United Center on Tuesday.

"I just needed to work hard every game and every shift," said Anisimov, who was held off the score sheet and committed four penalties in the first two games. "Just forget the bad stuff, take the good stuff with you and move to the next day."

Anisimov scored at 7:44 of the third period to give Chicago a 2-1 lead. His goal streak reached three games with his seventh of the season, scored off a pass from Patrick Kane 31 seconds into a power play.

Rookie Tyler Motte made it 3-1 at 12:34, Artemi Panarin made it 4-1 at 16:59 by scoring into an empty net, and Niklas Hjalmarsson made it 5-1 at 18:16 with a wrist shot that beat goalie Brian Elliott.

Video: CGY@CHI: Hjalmarsson blasts a shot top shelf

"They have a couple great players who made some great plays," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Even in the third, until we took the penalty and they got ahead, I thought we were in control of our game. It just didn't go our way, and then it exploded at the end. So, it wasn't a 5-1 game in my mind."

Panarin had a goal and an assist, Kane had a goal and two assists, and Corey Crawford made 33 saves for the Blackhawks (6-3-1), who won their third straight game and fourth in the past five (4-0-1).

Michael Frolik scored for the Flames (4-6-1), who defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout here on Oct. 24. Calgary hasn't won twice in Chicago in the same season since 2007-08.

The Flames outplayed the Blackhawks in the first period but trailed 1-0 after Crawford made 13 saves and Kane scored at 18:58. Crawford's 13th save stopped Frolik to keep it 0-0, and Kane scored 12 seconds later.

Crawford was unable to keep Frolik from scoring at 7:06 of the second, when the former Blackhawks forward beat him on a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush to tie it 1-1.

Video: CGY@CHI: Kane scores after nifty stickhandling


Goal of the game

Anismov's goal came on a power play following a tripping penalty on Calgary center Sam Bennett at 7:13. Kane got the puck from Panarin off a cross-ice pass, wound up for a slap shot and instead sent a pass to Anisimov for a tip-in goal. "It's very nice," Anisimov said. "The whole combination … it was like tape-to-tape passes, just like boom, boom, boom, goal."

Video: CGY@CHI: Anisimov deflects Kane's pass, scores PPG


Save of the game

Looking to extend his point streak late in the second, Anisimov got a drop pass in the low slot for a good scoring chance. He got off a wrist shot, but Elliott made a big save with 2:49 left to keep the game tied 1-1.


Unsung moment of the game

Frolik began the play he scored off in the second period. Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith broke his stick on a slap shot that hit Frolik's skates. Frolik gathered the puck, gave it to Mikael Backlund and rushed up ice to tap in Backlund's return pass. "I was a little bit surprised that [Keith] went for his stick," Frolik said. "It opened up a little bit of a 2-on-1, and [Backlund] made a [heck] of a play there."

Video: CGY@CHI: Frolik finishes Backlund's nice dish for SHG


Highlight of the game

Motte's goal was a great individual effort. Rookie linemate Nick Schmaltz chipped the puck into the neutral zone. Motte collected it, dashed up the right wing and used a speed burst to get around Flames defenseman TJ Brodie. He cut in front of the crease while holding Brodie off and tucked the puck between the left post and Elliott's right skate. "The bench was yelling, 'Speed!' so I just tried to take him wide," Motte said. "I happened to get the puck to the weak side of the net there and slide one in."

Video: CGY@CHI: Motte kicks the puck to his stick and scores


They said it

"That's a terrible way to lose a game. We've got to learn from that. That's a team over there that believes they can win every night. A break against us, they get one, we sort of had a letdown there, and then we started taking chances, and they made us pay." -- Flames captain Mark Giordano


"I'm feeling better and better every game. I'm feeling quicker out there reading plays, that's a big part of it too, being able to read a play and get out and be aggressive when it's time." -- Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford


Video: CGY@CHI: Crawford denies Tkachuk's redirection


Need to know

Chicago rookie defenseman Gustav Forsling returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury. … Flames rookie forward Matthew Tkachuk played his ninth NHL game. Calgary must decide whether to start his entry-level contract now or return him to London of the Ontario Hockey League.


What's next

Flames: At the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN360, CSN-CA, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: Home against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, ALT, NHL.TV)


Video: Kane's three points lead Blackhawks past Flames, 5-1

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