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Blackhawks extinguish Flames, win fifth straight

Dec 19, 2011 - 5:34 AM
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa tallied a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks took a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at United Center.

Steve Montador, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Patrick Kane also lit the lamp for Chicago, which improved to 7-0-1 in December while stretching its win streak to a season-high five straight.

Ray Emery made 22 saves for the win, which was Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville' 600th career victory.

"They all feel good. There's nothing better than winning," Quenneville said.

Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross each scored in the third period for the Flames, whose losing streak reached a season-high four games.

Miikka Kiprusoff allowed all four goals on 25 shots in a losing effort.

"We have got to learn from it and move on," Flames forward Lee Stempniak said about the loss. "We have to play a certain way to win and we just have to stick to that identity."

The lone goal in the first period belonged to the Blackhawks when Montador ripped a slap shot from the right circle that screamed past the stick of Kiprusoff and into the far side near the midpoint of the frame.

Chicago extended its lead at the 5:15 mark of the second period on a Hjalmarsson slap shot from the high slot that hit the skate of a Calgary defender in front and trickled across the line to the right of Kiprusoff before the goaltender could corral it.

Kane gave the Blackhawks a 3-0 cushion while on the power play with 5:05 left in the second. After winning the faceoff in the offensive zone, Kane received a pass and weaved into the slot before sending a wrister into the twine.

Jokinen ripped a one-timer past Emery 2:35 into the third while on a power play to bring the Flames within two, but Hossa put the Blackhawks back on top by three with 8:43 to go in regulation while on a two-man advantage.

Glencross added the third power-play goal of the final period at the 16:25 mark to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

Calgary has dropped eight straight games in Chicago...The Flames fell to 6-10-2 as the visitor this season, while the Blackhawks improved to 11-2-3 as the host...Calgary's Jerome Iginla had an assist in the game and now has five goals and seven assists over his last nine games...Hjalmarsson's goal was his first of the year.