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Flames continue playoff chase vs. Blackhawks

by Brian Hunter

BLACKHAWKS (27-21-4) at FLAMES (26-21-7)


Last 10:
Chicago 6-3-1; Calgary 7-1-2

Season series: Third of four meetings this season, with the home team prevailing in each of the first two. Jarome Iginla recorded the hat trick in leading Calgary to a 7-2 win on Nov. 19, while Dave Bolland scored a pair of power-play goals on Dec. 5 as Chicago claimed a 4-2 victory.

Big story: It would have been hard to fathom only a couple weeks ago, but the Flames have passed the defending Stanley Cup champions in the standings, coming into play Monday one point ahead of the Blackhawks. Both teams are chasing the top eight in the Western Conference, however, with Calgary one point behind Los Angeles for the last playoff spot and Chicago two back.

Team Scope:

Blackhawks: While Chicago has been winning its fair share of games lately, so have most of the teams the Blackhawks are battling with for a postseason berth. They came up just a bit short against the West-leading Canucks on Friday, firing 45 shots on Roberto Luongo and connecting three times, but after Bolland gave them a one-goal lead 7:47 into the third period the home team answered on tallies by the Sedin twins -- first Henrik, then Daniel with four minutes to play -- and handed the Hawks a 4-3 setback.

"If we continue to play like this, we'll be all right in the long run, but it still stings right now," said Marty Turco, who made 28 saves in his second straight start.

Flames: Although Calgary failed in its bid for a seventh straight win on Saturday, the Flames still rallied from a third-period deficit to earn a point in what became a 4-3 shootout loss to the visiting Kings. Alex Tanguay scored his second goal of the game on a power play midway through the third, then it took seven rounds in the penalty-shot tiebreaker before Justin Williams got a shot past Miikka Kiprusoff to give Los Angeles the extra point and its first win at the Scotiabank Saddledome since December 2005.

"We were down three times in the game and we came back, we hit multiple posts in the shootout, we were right there," said Brendan Morrison, who assisted on all three Calgary goals. "We can't hang our heads, it was a pretty good effort overall."

Who's hot: Jonathan Toews has 2 goals and 5 assists during a three-game points streak for the Blackhawks. Bolland has goals in consecutive games. ... Morrison has 4 goals and 6 assists during a seven-game points streak for the Flames. Tanguay has 2 goals and 3 assists during a three-game points streak.

Injury report: Chicago forward Ryan Johnson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. ... Calgary forward Niklas Hagman is day-to-day with a lower body injury, while defenseman Steve Staios (upper body) and forwards Daymond Langkow (neck) and Raitis Ivanans (concussion) are on injured reserve.

Stat pack:
Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell played in his 600th NHL game against the Canucks. ... Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr opened the scoring against the Kings with his first goal in 65 games. Regehr had scored only twice in his previous 224 games.

Puck drop: Saturday's game began a stretch in which Calgary plays nine of 11 games on home ice to end the month of February -- that includes the 2011 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic against Montreal on Feb. 20, to be played at McMahon Stadium.

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