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Khabibulin saves 34 as Blackhawks stop two-game skid with 5-2 win over Flames

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CHICAGO - Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves, Martin Havlat, Andrew Ladd and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks rebounded from consecutive losses to Detroit to beat Calgary 5-2 on Sunday night.

Kris Versteeg and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Chicago, swept by Detroit in a home-and-home series that featured the Winter Classic after winning a franchise-record nine straight games. Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith had two assists.

Todd Bertuzzi and Daymond Langkow scored for Calgary. Chicago ended the Flames' winning streak at five and snapped their points streak at 10 games (7-0-3). Calgary hadn't lost in regulation since Dec. 9 at Montreal.

Blackhawks scoring leader Patrick Kane was sidelined by a high-ankle sprain, the first time he has missed a game in his NHL career because of an injury. Kane was injured Tuesday night in a 4-0 loss at Detroit.

The rookie of the year last season, Kane played nearly 18 minutes despite pain on Thursday in the Blackhawks' 6-4 loss to the Red Wings in the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field. He's listed as day-to-day.

Khabibulin stopped 19 of 20 shots in the third period to help the Blackhawks improve to 12-1-4 at the United Center. Chicago is 12-2-4 overall at home, including the loss at Wrigley Field.

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals on 28 shots through two periods in his 10th straight start. Curtis McElhinney played the third and stopped seven shots.

Havlat scored the only goal in the first period, 3:26 in.

Havlat partially fanned on a one-time shot from the right circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Keith. The shot fooled Kiprusoff and slid inside the right post.

Dion Phaneuf's shot from the right point deflected in off Bertuzzi, parked in the slot, 1:09 into the second to tie it at one.

Ladd and Versteeg scored goals 1:19 apart late in the second to make it 3-1.

Ladd connected from the slot following a crisp passing play with Havlat and Keith to make it 2-1 with 5:53 left in the second.

Versteeg scored short-handed, converting a partial breakaway after Phaneuf lost the puck at the point. Calgary's Adrian Aucoin caught up to Versteeg and nearly rode him off the puck, but Vertseeg stuffed a shot between Kiprusoff's pads.

Byfuglien ripped in a power-play goal from the edge of the crease with 1.1 seconds left in the second to make it 4-1.

Langkow's power-play goal from the edge of the crease at 6:23 of the third cut it to 4-2. Sharp added and empty-net goal with 1:41 left.

Notes: Chicago D Cam Barker was a scratch for an undisclosed reason. ... Blackhawks RW Adam Burish returned after missing 16 games because of a broken toe. ... Calgary C Wayne Primeau missed his 14th game because of a broken foot. ... The crowd of 22,146 was Chicago's 18th sellout in 18 home dates.

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