The Chicago Blackhawks headed to Calgary Tuesday night against a struggling Flames team. It seemed like a good way for the Blackhawks to get themselves back on track and start off their six-game road trip on the right foot. But that wasn't the case. The first period featured a plethora of goals as the goaltending was not very good.
The Flames got on the board first just over a minute into the game on a backhand goal from Mikael Backlund. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane tied the game up just over four minutes later with a nice shot that went top shelf on Flames goaltender Reto Berra. Lance Bouma would score midway through the period for the Flames and Patrick Sharp tied it up again for the Blackhawks near the period's end.
In the second period it was more the same as both teams continued to find the back of the net. Matt Stajan scored just over three minutes into the second period to put the Flames in the lead and then seven minutes later, forward Mikael Backlund scored his second goal of the night, this time shorthanded. Backlund's short-handed goal came on an unlikely Flames 3-on-1. Three minutes later the Blackhawks fourth line trimmed the deficit to 4-3 as Ben Smith found the back of the net. Then four minutes after that Marian Hossa scored a short-handed goal off a Hjalmarsson rebound to tie the game at 4-4.
With both goalies allowing four goals, their coach's decided to make the switch throughout the period and replace them. It was the right decision as both of the replacement goalies, Corey Crawford and Karri Ramo, didn't allow a goal in regulation. After combining for eight goals in the first two periods, the two teams went scoreless in the third despite several chances by both teams.
In overtime, it was all Calgary. Just over two minutes in, defenseman T.J. Brodie skated around the Blackhawks net and tried a wraparound. The puck hit a Blackhawks skate and went into the back of the net to give the Flames the 5-4 victory.
With the win, the Flames move to 19-27-7 and are 3-0-0 on their current five-game homestand. They also win the season series against the Blackhawks 2-1. The Blackhawks fall to 32-10-13 with the loss and have failed to earn a victory in each of their last four games. The Blackhawks are now 0-6 in games decided in overtime.
01:13 CGY GOAL: Mikael Backlund (10) assisted by Lee Stempniak
05:43 CHI GOAL: Patrick Kane (25) assisted by Kris Versteeg and Nick Leddy
11:34 CGY GOAL: Lance Bouma (5) assisted by Matt Stajan
16:35 CHI GOAL: Patrick Sharp (27) assisted by Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith
03:21 CGY GOAL: Matt Stajan (9) assisted by David Jones
10:25 CGY SHG: Mikael Backlund 2 (11) assisted by Lee Stempniak and Mark Giordano
13:12 CHI GOAL: Ben Smith (7) assisted by Brandon Bollig and Johnny Oduya
17:33 CHI SHG: Marian Hossa (22) assisted by Niklas Hjalmarsson and Brandon Saad
02:26 CGY GOAL: T.J. Brodie (4) assisted by Sean Monahan and Lee Stempniak
Here are some notes from the game:
- Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 15 shots. Corey Crawford came into the game for Raanta and stopped the first 13 shots he faced, but ultimately allowed the overtime winner.
- Flames goaltender Reto Berra was also pulled after allowing four goals on 24 shots. Karri Ramo came in and picked up the win by stopping all nine shots he faced.
- Neither team scored on the power play, but both teams added a short-handed goal. Marian Hossa's short-handed goal was the 29th of his career.
- Flames forward Lee Stempniak led the way with three points, while Mikael Backlund recorded a two-goal game for the second time in his career.
- Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading 27th goal for the Blackhawks.
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