CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Even after falling behind by two goals, the Chicago
Blackhawks refused to lose another road game.
The Blackhawks ended their 19-game road losing streak Friday night, rallying
for a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames behind two goals from Tuomo Ruutu.
Chicago's skid away from home was the longest in franchise history and the
fourth-longest in NHL history.
``It's been frustrating this year especially on the road,'' Mark Bell said.
``But this is a big weight off our shoulders and now we don't have to talk
about this streak anymore.''
The Blackhawks hadn't won on the road since beating Nashville 2-1 on Nov. 7.
They had only one road point since then, losing 3-2 in overtime against
Vancouver on Nov. 20.
``Through this whole thing, we've tried to stay positive and stick together
as a team,'' Chicago defenseman Nathan Dempsey said. ``We weren't ever pointing
fingers, we were losing as a team, and when we did win, we were winning as a
With Chicago trailing 3-1 in the second period, Ruutu started the comeback
by scoring his second goal of the night from a scramble in front.
Tyler Arnason, Steve Sullivan and Bell also scored for the Blackhawks, who
snapped a three-game skid and improved to 2-7 in their last nine games.
Steve Passmore made 30 saves to improve to 2-6-0.
Jarome Iginla had two goals and an assist for the Flames, who also got a
goal from Toni Lydman.
``When you have a two-goal lead and guys make glaring mistakes for goals
against, that's disappointing,'' Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said. ``You can't
give up that many goals and win _ and that's two games in a row in our building
that we've done that, and that's inexcusable.''
The Blackhawks pulled even 4:05 into the third period on a power-play goal
Bryan Berard ripped a slap shot from the wing that Roman Turek stopped, but
the rebound kicked straight out in front to Arnason, who had an empty net to
Sullivan put Chicago ahead 1:48 later when Bell found him at the side of the
net with a diagonal pass.
The same combination connected again at 10:28 on a two-on-one, with Sullivan
setting up Bell for a one-timer.
``Even though we were down 3-2 entering the third period, we felt we were
outplaying them and we deserved better, and by sticking to our guns and playing
the same way, we got the result we wanted,'' Sullivan said.
Turek made 29 stops in his eighth straight start for Calgary.
After a mistake by Turek gave Chicago a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into the
game, Calgary responded before the first period was over by scoring twice on
nifty setups from Craig Conroy.
Iginla put the Flames up 3-1 at 11:38 of the second when his slap shot beat
Passmore from just inside the blue line.
The goal moved Iginla past Kent Nilsson into fourth place on the Flames'
career list with 230 goals. Theoren Fleury leads with 364.
``Bottom line is we have to learn how to win games. Right now, we seem so
fragile,'' Conroy said. ``We have to go out and take responsibility and we have
to do whatever it takes.''