CALGARY, Alberta - Right winger Patrick Kane wasn't simply content to extend his personal
He extended the Chicago Blackhawks' winning streak, too.
Kane scored the game-winner with 18 seconds remaining as the Blackhawks won a fourth straight
outing with Wednesday's 3-2 triumph over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Kane scored twice and now has collected points in a dozen straight games. Left winger Patrick
Sharp had Chicago's other goal, while centers Matt Stajan and Sean Monahan gave the Flames a 2-0 lead before they frittered it away.
Flames goalie Reto Berra made 27 saves but couldn't beat the Blackhawks for a second time this month.
At the other end, former Finnish League star Antti Raanta was making his first NHL start for
the Blackhawks. The 24-year-old finished with 21 stops for the victory.
After more than a half-hour of scoreless action, Stajan finally broke the deadlock with a
slapper from the high slot at the 13:32 mark of the second period, the result of a pretty pass
from right winger Jiri Hudler and an uncharacteristic mistake by Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews in his own zone.
Monahan doubled Calgary's lead just 2:05 after the second intermission, collecting a pass from
Hudler on an offensive rush and snapping a shot past Raanta. Monahan, the sixth overall pick in
the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, is now tied for the team lead with nine tallies.
Kane, who hit the post in the middle stanza, finally put the Blackhawks on the board just before
the midway point of the third period, firing a shot that deflected off the stick of Flames defenseman Kris Russell and squeaked by Berra. With the goal, Kane extended his current points streak to 12 games.
Just 56 seconds later, Sharp cruised to the crease and got his stick on a cross-ice pass from
linemate Marian Hossa to tie the score. Kane scored the winner with just 18 seconds to go, spinning and lifting a backhander over Berra's shoulder to stun the crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The second-to-last stop for the Blackhawks (18-4-4) on this seven-game marathon is Dallas,
where they will face off Friday against the Stars.
The Flames (8-12-4) are headed to southern California for back-to-back games, starting with
Friday's meeting with the Anaheim Ducks.
NOTES: Blackhawks RW Marian Hossa, who missed two games while his wife was hospitalized in Chicago, returned to the lineup. ... The Flames placed RW TJ Galiardi on injured reserve due to
back spasms and recalled C/W Max Reinhart from the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat to fill his spot on the roster. Reinhart, 21, appeared in two games with the Flames earlier this
month. ... Blackhawks D Michael Kostka has now missed 18 straight games due to a foot injury, but
he is skating with the team and should be back soon. The defending champs are also without the
services of LW Bryan Bickell (lower body) and G Nikolai Khabibulin (lower body). ... The Flames
received some good news on the injury front, with captain Mark Giordano skating Tuesday for the
first time since suffering a broken ankle. LW Curtis Glencross is also missing from Calgary's
lineup due to a knee injury.