Skip to main content

Headlines

David Moss scores twice in Calgary's 4-2 win over Chicago

NHL.com @NHL

CALGARY - David Moss scored a pair of goals to pace the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

The Flames trail the 'Hawks 2-1 in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series with Game 4 on Wednesday at the Saddledome (10 p.m. ET).

The team that scored first in each game of this series has been the loser. After failing to protect leads in Chicago, it was the Flames who came from behind with four unanswered goals after Patrick Sharp scored on a power play just over two minutes into the game.

Rene Bourque and Eric Nystrom also scored for the Flames, who will try to hold serve at home Wednesday and take the series back to Chicago even with the 'Hawks. The Flames have never won a playoff series they've opened 0-2.

Curtis Glencross had a pair of assists for Calgary. Chicago's Martin Havlat scored late in the third for his third goal in as many playoff games.

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff was the more tested goaltender Monday as he stopped 36 of 38 shots. Nikolai Khabibulin was a difference-maker in Chicago's two wins to open the series, but the Russian was outplayed Monday by the Finn.

Khabibulin made 24 saves in the loss. The last time Calgary had scored four goals on Khabibulin was Game 1 of the 2004 Stanley Cup final against Tampa Bay.

Khabibulin failed to seal off the left corner of his net on Bourque's awkward go-ahead goal late in the second period and he gave up a fat rebound that led to Calgary's third goal of the game.

Chicago forward Patrick Kane was scratched from the lineup due to the flu, according to the 'Hawks. He was hammered into the boards during Saturday's Game 2 by Bourque and was slow to get up.

Kane, who had 70 points during the regular season and one assist in his first two playoff games, didn't appear for the morning skate. Colin Fraser of Sicamous, B.C., replaced Kane in the lineup.

Calgary ended a 0-for-46 power-play drought in Game 2, but the Flames went cold again in Game 3 and managed just two shots on back-to-back power-play chances early in the second period.

But after Sharp's goal at 2:03, Calgary penalty killers buckled down and killed off six Chicago chances, including three in the third period.

Moss's second goal of the third period put the home team up 4-1 at 4:24. He tipped a pass from Glencross between Khabibulin's pads for his third goal of the series.

Moss gave Calgary a two-goal cushion at 1:18 when Khabibulin couldn't control an Adam Pardy shot and Moss put the rebound just under the crossbar from the high slot.

Second periods were Calgary's downfall in their first two losses in Chicago and it was almost the case Monday.

Bourque's goal at 17:07 of the second was a gift for the Flames, who were getting outplayed in the back half of the period yet went into the third period with the lead thanks to it. Circling out from behind the net, he put the puck on Khabibulin and banked it off the Chicago goalie's skate and in.

Bourque missed the last 24 games of the regular season because of an ankle injury, but the Lac La Biche, Alta., native shook off game rust to give Calgary a timely goal and lead his team in shots on net with four after two periods.

With Olli Jokinen trying to retrieve a replacement stick from the bench for his broken one, Kiprusoff robbed Chicago captain Jonathan Toews from close range on an odd-man rush with Sharp late in the period.

Calgary dodged trouble in the first period when Kiprusoff reached back in time to grab a loose puck heading for the goal-line as Troy Brouwer crashed the net. Toews hit the cross-bar on Chicago's third power play of the period.

Nystrom pulled Calgary even at 1-1 with his first career playoff goal at 6:40. Glencross sent a cross-ice pass from the boards to Nystrom and his wrist shot from the face-off circle beat Khabibulin glove side just 18 seconds after Calgary had killed off its second penalty of the game.

The Blackhawks scored first for the first time this series. While Calgary had solid opening periods in Chicago, the 'Hawks had them scrambling with a flurry of shots on Kiprusoff in the opening two minutes.

Jokinen was slapped with a roughing penalty at 1:53 and six seconds after the ensuing faceoff, Sharp gave Chicago the lead.

He finished a tic-tac-toe passing play started by Havlat. Toews's goal-mouth pass had Kiprusoff committing to him and Sharp buried the puck behind the Calgary goalie with a sharp-angled shot.

Notes: Monday's Game 3 was Chicago's first road playoff game since April 25, 2002, when they lost 5-3 to St. Louis . . . Flames forward Warren Peters made his NHL playoff debut. He was rotated into the lineup in place of Jamie Lundmark . . . The last time Chicago won a playoff series was a 4-0 sweep of Calgary in the 1996 conference quarter-finals.

View More