Flames 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Jerry Bonkowski, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


CHICAGO -- Kris Russell's slapshot from just inside the blue line 92 seconds into overtime was
the deciding factor as the Calgary Flames defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Sunday night at the
United Center.
Russell's second goal of the season was a rarity: It wasn't tipped by a teammate or opposing
player. It was simply a hard and fast shot that Chicago goalie Corey Crawford could not stop.
The win brought the Flames back up to .500 (6-6-2), while Chicago (9-2-4) saw its three-game
winning streak snapped.
Of note, it was Calgary's first win at Chicago in the last 11 games on the Blackhawks' home
ice, and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Blackhawks overall.
After a scoreless first period, Calgary had a chance to take the lead just under four minutes
into the second period. Chicago's Marian Hossa was whistled for tripping on Calgary's TJ
Gagliardi's breakaway in front of Crawford, resulting in a penalty shot.
Gagliardi appeared to rush his shot, as the puck harmlessly sailed wide to the right of
Crawford.
Energized by the play, Chicago came back at 6:25 on Patrick Kane's team-leading eighth goal of
the season to break the shutout.
Unfortunately for Blackhawks fans, Calgary answered less than a minute later when center Mike
Cammalieri tipped in Dennis Wideman's slapshot from the blue line to tie things up at 1-1.
Calgary went ahead 2-1 early in the third period on Curtis Glencross' fifth goal of the season.
Helped by a 5-on-3 advantage with two Flames in the penalty box, Chicago tied the game at 15:41
of the final period on Hossa's slapshot off a pass from Kane. It was Hossa's sixth goal of the
season.
Of particular note in Sunday's game, it was a bit unusual to see Crawford in goal on the back
end of back-to-back games, having also played Saturday night at Winnipeg.
Crawford's start had fans and media wondering if Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has lost
faith in backup goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.
Sunday marked the first time this season that Crawford played in back-to-back games in as many
nights, which is notable considering Sunday was the second of a five-game stretch in nine days.
Normally, the backup goalie typically plays in either the first or second game of back-to-
backers.
The last thing Quenneville wants to do is wear Crawford out. But Khabibulin's last game was
horrendous: He gave up four goals in less than a period and a half, prompting Quenneville to
summon Crawford into the game on what was supposed to be an off-night.
NOTES: Attendance was 21,229. ... Sunday's game marked Chicago's third of 18 straight against
Western Conference rivals. ... Chicago C Andrew Shaw played in his 100th career NHL game. ...
Chicago came into the game having scored a power-play goal in each of its past six games. ... G
Karri Ramo, recalled from Abbottsford on Saturday, was in uniform for Calgary. ... Calgary already
has lost 34 man-games in just 13 games this season. They lost 133 man-games in last season's
lockout-shortened campaign. Chicago has lost just eight man-games thus far. ... Calgary rookie
Sean Monahan came into the game tied with San Jose's Tomas Hertl for the lead in rookie scoring
with 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in the first 13 games. ... The Flames and the
Blackhawks have never gone to a shootout in games played in Chicago. ... Calgary came into the
game with a 4-2-2 record in eight one-goal games thus far.