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Emery helps Blackhawks steal win from Flames

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quennville admitted he and his whole team should have been wearing ski masks after their 3-2 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery loomed especially large in the larceny on a night he set a career best for saves and shots faced.

"That was criminal," Quenneville said. "They've got to call the cops after that performance. He stole two points. He was spectacular. I've never ever been outplayed, out-chanced like that in my life.

"That was a special performance and it continued on in the shootout. It was tough watching but maybe there's a little consolation prize there with how well he played. It was a bonus."

Tell that to the Flames, who have just one win in six starts this season and dominated the whole game only to see Marian Hossa score a game-tying goal with three seconds remaining and then fall in a shootout.

The Flames fired 47 shots on goal through overtime, but Emery was brilliant, topping his performance by denying Alex Tanguay, Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka in the shootout.

Patrick Kane, who netted Chicago's other goal, scored the lone shootout goal for the winner, but wasn't about to take any credit.

"Shouldn't have won that game. He is the only reason we did," Kane said of Emery. "It's good to see, especially for a backup goaltender like that. We have confidence in him and he really showed us tonight. They almost had 50 shots and he played unbelievable. Two points go to him."

It was the third straight shootout game for Chicago, which lost to Minnesota and Vancouver to start the road trip.

For the Flames, it's another loss when they probably deserved a better fate.

"I'm not sure we're gonna get much sleep tonight," said Alex Tanguay, who recorded his 500th career assist. "The way we played doesn't show on the scoresheet. People that open the papers in the morning will see we didn't win the game and it's frustrating. "It's beyond frustrating. We take the lead with 34 seconds left or whatever and they score with two, three seconds. What do you say? What do you do? And in overtime, we had a powerplay with great looks. Beyond frustrating."

Kane broke the scoreless tie early in the third period, but the Flames finally beat Emery when Dennis Wideman's shot banked off a skate and into the goal.

The Flames appeared headed for victory when Jay Bouwmeester scored with 35 seconds remaining, only to see it evaporate just before the buzzer.

The sting of defeat came soon after.

"They have their heads down, but I told them this is the kind of hockey we want to play," said Calgary coach Bob Hartley, maybe the only one involved with the team who didn't utter the world "frustrated." "The hockey gods might turn for us. I feel being 1-3-1 before the game, before a three game road trip, you want to win this game.

"They did everything, and I give them credit. I'm very proud of them. If we play every game like we did tonight, we're going to turn our season around, that's for sure."

NOTES: Chicago was without center David Bolland, who was slashed on the right ankle in the third period of Friday's 2-1 shootout loss in Vancouver. 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 Tanguay. Neither Iginla or Cammalleri have scored a goal this season.
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