Flames defeat Blackhawks in OT to end six-game losing streak
Monahan scores game-winner after Frolik ties it in thirdby Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent
CALGARY -- Sean Monahan scored 59 seconds into overtime and the Calgary Flames ended a six-game losing streak with a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.
Monahan took a pass from TJ Brodie and shot by Jeff Glass' blocker to give Calgary its first win since Jan. 14.
The goal came after Michael Frolik tied the game 3-3 at 9:50 of the third period.
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"When you're out there with guys like Johnny [Gaudreau] and [Brodie] and you find yourself open, you're going to get the puck," said Monahan, who leads the NHL with eight game-winning goals this season. "I think the goalie had my number all night, so I was happy to put one by him."
Matt Stajan and Gaudreau also scored, and Mike Smith made 25 saves for the Flames (26-18-8), who are 1-2-4 in their past seven games.
"It's big," Monahan said. "I think it just comes down to it mentally. You overthink it when you start losing games the way we've been doing. To come back and get the two points tonight, it's obviously important, especially for our mindset here moving forward."
Nick Schmaltz, Vinnie Hinostroza and Anthony Duclair scored, and Glass made 35 saves for the Blackhawks (24-20-8) who have lost two in a row and six of their past eight (2-4-2).
"We've got to keep getting points," Schmaltz said. "We keep talking about it. Everybody is winning every night. It's not going to get any easier from here on out."
Chicago took a 1-0 lead at 7:40 of the first period when Schmaltz one-timed a pass from Patrick Kane over Smith's shoulder. Schmaltz has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in his past 14 games.
Video: CHI@CGY: Schmaltz cranks one-timer top shelf
Glass kept Calgary scoreless in the first period after making a diving save on Monahan's shot from the slot at 10:42, and saving Matthew Tkachuk's wrist shot from between the hashmarks at 19:02.
"Glass was great throughout the whole game," Hinostroza said. "He kept us in it early, especially in the first, he made some huge saves. I feel bad for him there in the end. He did all he could."
Hinostroza put the Blackhawks up 2-0 with a power-play goal at 1:53 of the second period. Brent Seabrook shot wide of the net and Kane collected the rebound and passed over to Hinostroza, who one-timed it past Smith.
Kane, who has four assists in his past five games, is one shy of 500 in his NHL career.
Stajan cut the lead to 2-1 at 5:56, and Gaudreau scored his first goal in eight games to tie it 2-2 at 12:33 with a one-timer that went under Glass' arm.
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"It's been a few games since I've found the net there," Gaudreau said. "It felt good to find the net there. I could've scored a couple more I think. Our whole line had a ton of chances. They played really well tonight."
Duclair gave Chicago a 3-2 lead at 14:13 of the second period with a breakaway goal after forcing a turnover by Brodie at the Blackhawks blue line.
"Every game is so crucial," Schmaltz said. "Two points is a big deal. At this point in the season, we can't have any nights off. We have to keep rolling here. Time is running out. We've got 30 games left. Let's see what we can do with it."
Goal of the game
Monahan's goal 59 seconds into overtime.
Video: CHI@CGY: Monahan wires home wrister in overtime
Save of the game
Smith's save on Jonathan Toews 52 seconds into overtime.
Video: CHI@CGY: Smith stones Toews early in overtime
Highlight of the game
Glass' save on Monahan at 10:42 of the first period.
Video: CHI@CGY: Glass robs Monahan with lunging save
They said it
"I think those games were kind of actually important for us, those losses. Obviously, losing sucks, but you have to learn from that. That showed tonight how important these two points are moving forward each and every game, and tonight, we battled back and got them. It was huge for us." -- Flames forward Sean Monahan
"This one's going to be sour for a night, but we've got to put it behind us and come back and give it our all." -- Blackhawks forward Vinnie Hinostroza
Need to know
Stajan has goals in back-to-back games after scoring once in his first 40… Gaudreau has 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in his past 14 games. …Toews has two assists in his past 10 games after scoring nine points (five goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak… The Flames play their next six games on the road.
Blackhawks: Host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, SNW, NHL.TV).
Flames: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, SNW, NHL.TV).