Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/3/13
CALGARY, Alberta -- The third time was the charm for the Chicago Blackhawks. For the third time on their road trip, the Blackhawks went to a shootout Saturday night. After losing the first two games to go that far — in Minnesota and Vancouver — the Hawks came up with a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Patrick Kane scored the winner, while goalie Ray Emery stopped all three shooters who came his way: Alex Tanguay, Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka. The Hawks still have yet to lose in regulation time, now sitting at 7-0-2, while the Flames are at 1-3-2. It was a wild finish to a wild game at the Saddledome, especially in the third period. Kane opened the scoring four minutes into the frame when he pounced on a loose puck after Andrew Shaw’s offering hit the post. Past the midway point, though, Dennis Wideman pulled Calgary even on the power play when his sharp-angled shot went off a skate in front of the net. Then, with 35 seconds remaining in regulation, Jay Bouwmeester put the hosts ahead with his second of the season. Just as the Flames were on the verge of netting their second win of the season, Chicago's Marian Hossa scored with 2.1 seconds remaining to force extra time. Calgary dominated play from start to finish and through overtime ended up with an overwhelming 47-19 edge in shots. The clash was scoreless through two periods, but not due to a lack of chances. Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, whose play to start the season has not been to usual standards, came up big with an early stop on Patrick Sharp and loomed large when he denied Hossa on a second-period breakaway. At the other end, Emery stood tall with a couple of big stops on Jarome Iginla, including a breakaway. Emery also had some good luck when the snakebitten Michael Cammalleri rang a shot off the post in the first period, and Curtis Gelncross did the same early in the third period. NOTES: Chicago was without C David Bolland, who was slashed on the right ankle in the third period of Friday’s 2-1 shootout loss in Vancouver. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Bolland will be out on a “day-to-day” basis. ... Bolland’s injury meant moving Andrew Shaw to the second line and Jamal Mayers went into the lineup for his 900th NHL career game. “He’s had a nice career. He’s a pro, the ultimate pro,” Quenneville said of Mayers. “It’s not easy when you’ve got to sit out a guy like that, knowing the leadership he brings to your team, the way he competes and the experience factor. He’s been handling OK, but I know inside he wants to play in the worst way. It’s nice to see him get back in the lineup.” ... Tim Jackman’s first-period fight with Brandon Bollig was the first fight this season for any Flames player. Calgary was the last NHL team to record a fighting major this season. ... In the hopes of igniting both of them, Jarome Iginla and Michael Cammalleri were put together and on a line with Alex Tanguay. Neither Iginla or Cammalleri had scored a goal going into the game.
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