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GAME: Calgary Flames (29-16-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (17-27-6).

TIME: Sunday, 3 p.m. EST.

If only the Chicago Blackhawks could play the Calgary Flames more often.

Chicago seeks its third win in four games against Calgary this season when the teams play the finale a two-game set at United Center.

The Blackhawks, who embark on a season-high six-game road trip after this contest, are 3-3-2 in their last eight home games. Ten of Chicago's 17 wins this season have came at home.

Rookie goaltender Adam Munro made 26 saves for his first NHL shutout and Martin Lapointe and Kyle Calder scored in the third period of a 2-0 win Thursday over the Flames.

Munro, starting in place of the injured Nikolai Khabibulin (knee), improved to 3-1-2 with a 1.91 goals-against average this season.

"It's good to play well and get the result you want," said Munro, who has allowed three goals or less in each of his six starts. "The two points are the biggest thing."

Munro is the fourth goalie used by Chicago this season, joining Khabibulin, Craig Anderson and recent callup Corey Crawford.

Anderson was claimed off waivers by Boston on Jan. 19, while Crawford made his NHL debut and played 21 minutes in a 3-2 loss last Sunday to the Minnesota Wild, stopping all seven shots he faced.

Lapointe's power-play goal was Chicago's first with the man advantage in four games. The Blackhawks are 13-9-3 when they score on the power play this season, but rank last in the league in power-play efficiency.

Lapointe's goal was just his fourth in 34 games against the Flames in his career.

"I think (Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff) had it at first," Lapointe said. "I took a whack at it, he lost it, and I took another whack at it and it went in."

Calgary has lost consecutive games since beginning its five-game road trip with a fourth straight win, 3-1 Monday over the Edmonton Oilers.

The next night, backup goalie Philippe Sauve made just 20 saves in a 7-4 loss to Colorado. Sauve, who had an altercation with Avalanche goalie David Aebischer at the side of the net with 31 seconds remaining in the final period, cleared waivers Thursday, but the Flames didn't announce a transaction or reassignment.

Kiprusoff was in net against the Blackhawks on Thursday and made 18 saves. He is 3-2-0 with one tie and a 2.27 GAA versus Chicago in his career.

STANDINGS: Flames - 63 points, 1st place, Northwest Division. Blackhawks - 40 points, 4th place, 31 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Jarome Iginla, 23 goals and 39 points; Dion Phaneuf, 20 assists; Darren McCarty, 76 PIM. Blackhawks - Mark Bell, 17 goals; Tyler Arnason, 23 assists and 34 points; Matthew Barnaby, 123 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Flames - Power play: 17.1 percent (51 for 299), 17th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.0 percent (251 for 306), 15th. Blackhawks - Power play: 13.0 percent (35 for 270), 30th. Penalty killing: 85.2 percent (311 for 365), 4th.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Kiprusoff (26-13-5, 6 SO, 2.24 GAA); Sauve (3-3-0, 3.28). Blackhawks - Munro (3-1-2, 1, 1.91); Crawford (0-0-0, 0, 0.00).

SEASON SERIES: Blackhawks, 2-1-0.

LAST MEETING: Thursday; Blackhawks, 2-0. At Chicago, Munro made 26 saves for his first career shutout, and Lapointe and Calder scored third-period goals.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 11-12-3 on the road; Blackhawks - 10-12-3 at home.

Associated Press
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