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CHICAGO -- Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook scored goals, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a season-worst, two-game losing streak, defeating the visiting Calgary Flames 2-0 Tuesday night at the United Center.

While most other teams wouldn't fret too much over a two-game losing skid, it had become a matter of concern for the Blackhawks, who have been the hottest team in the NFL this season.

That's why it was apparent from the opening faceoff that Chicago was in the game to win it -- and nothing less.

Getting back on track increased the Blackhawks' season record to 25-4-3. The Flames fell to 12-15-4.

Even though Calgary played its usual stingy game on defense, Leddy scored 7:09 into the game, and Chicago doubled the lead at 17:48 of the second period when Seabrook scored his sixth of the season.

Patrick Kane assisted on both goals.

Chicago dominated in shots on goal, posting a 16-3 margin in the second period, 35-16 on the game.

Still smarting from their 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, the Blackhawks came out with a visibly more aggressive style against the Flames.

It didn't take long for the change to pay dividends, as Leddy took a feed from Kane and scored his fifth goal of the season.

Early in the second period, Calgary's Jiri Hudler was sent to the penalty box for four minutes for high sticking after striking Chicago's Dave Boland in the face with his stick, opening up a bloody gash.

With Corey Crawford having been shelled for five goals and the loss Monday, Ray Emery was in the net for the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Not coincidentally, Emery, who came into the game with an 11-0-0 record, turned back 45 of 47 shots in the last meeting with the Flames on Feb. 2, 2013, a game the Hawks won 3-2 in the shootout on a deciding goal by Marian Hossa.

Also in that game, the Hawks had their most lopsided contest of the season in shots, getting outshot 47-19, yet still coming out with the win.

Emery made 16 saves for the shutout, improving to 12-0-0.

NOTES: Calgary came into Tuesday's game with a balanced all-time record against Chicago: 61 wins, 61 losses, 26 ties, three overtime losses and two shootout losses. ... Tuesday marked the 900th career NHL game for Calgary's Cory Sarich, while teammate Chris Butler played in his 250th career game. ... The Flames are one of only five teams in the NHL that had not given up a short-handed goal. ... Among the 21,790 in attendance was actor Mr. T. Wearing an American flag bandana, the star of the legendary TV show "The A Team" took part in a goal-shooting contest between the second and third periods and made one shot.
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