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Curtis Glencross scores twice for Flames in 5-2 win over Blackhawks

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CALGARY - Curtis Glencross had two goals and an assist to pace the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

The season-high five-goal output was a relief for the Flames. They'd managed just one goal in five of their previous eight games.

Calgary improved to 5-0 when they score four or more goals.

Lee Stempniak, Rene Bourque and Paul Byron also scored for the hosts (8-9-1). Defenceman T.J. Brodie, called up from the AHL on Nov. 9, registered his first NHL point assisting on Stempniak's goal.

Viktor Stahlberg and Marian Hossa replied for Chicago (12-5-3). The Western Conference leaders dropped to 1-1 on a six-game road trip which takes them north to Edmonton on Saturday.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves on 32 shots for the win. Chicago counterpart Corey Crawford stopped 21 of 26 in the loss.

Calgary scored twice in a 17-second span at the start of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. The Blackhawks reduced the deficit with a power-play goal, but Glencross restored Calgary's two-goal cushion heading into the third.

The Flames were on solid footing heading into as Calgary is undefeated when leading after two periods.

The Blackhawks missed out on a great chance to close the gap when they couldn't score on a two-man advantage with 2:45 remaining in the game.

Glencross gave Calgary a 4-2 lead at 11:04 of the second period, putting in the rebound of a Jay Bouwmeester blast from the blue-line that deflected wide.

Glencross put the game away with his second of the night at 6:46 of the third. Olli Jokinen fed him from the boards, and even though Glencross fumbled first attempt from the centre slot, he hung onto the puck and got a successful shot away from a sharp angle.

Calgary opened the scoring at 5:41 when Stempniak turned Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith inside-out at the blue-line and beat Crawford high far side.

Toews tied the game 1-1 as he drove deep down the right late and backhanded the puck to Stahlberg in the slot at 6:45.

Toews also had a goal waived off early after banging in his own rebound. Officials ruled Kiprusoff had smothered the puck before the Chicago captain got a second chance at it.

Bourque put Calgary up 2-1 just 40 seconds into the second period, ending a nine-game scoring drought with a low wrist shot that Crawford got a piece of but not enough to stop.

The Flames went up 3-1 17 seconds later thanks to some sloppy play by Chicago. The Blackhawks were careless controlling the puck deep in their own zone and Byron pounced on a loose puck in front of the net.

The 22-year-old Ottawa native whipped a backhand shot by Crawford for his second goal in four games since he was called up from the Abbotsford Heat on Nov. 10.

Chicago got one back as Keith dished the puck across the high slot to Hossa, who wired the puck from the top of the face-off circle at 5:03 of the second, but Glencross's pair put the game away.

Toews was irate when Flames defenceman Scott Hannan pulled his helmet off with four minutes remaining in the game.

Calgary embarks on a four-game road trip starting Monday in Columbus. After facing the Oilers on Saturday, the Blackhawks are in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles before hosting Phoenix on Nov. 29.

Notes: Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook was scratched for a second straight game with a "lower-body injury" he suffered Sunday versus the Edmonton Oilers . . . Calgary avenged a 4-1 loss Nov. 11 in Chicago . . . Calgary's power-play continues to be a drag on the offence, going 2-for-42 at home.

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