Blackhawks hand Flames fifth straight loss

Chicago, IL ( – Brandon Saad scored the tiebreaking goal
with 7:03 remaining in the third period as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the
Calgary Flames 2-1 on Sunday night.

Johnny Gaudreau, who set up Jiri Hudler for the lone Calgary goal, lost
control of the puck when he fell down just inside the Chicago zone, triggering
a counter rush for the Blackhawks.

Jonathan Toews dished to Saad and he beat Jonas Hiller over the glove on a

Antti Raanta made 23 saves for the Blackhawks, who bounced back from
Saturday’s road loss to the New York Islanders that snapped their winning
streak at eight games.

Hiller stopped 26 shots for Calgary, which was winless on a four-game road
trip and has lost five straight overall.

The teams traded goals in the second period.

Hudler gave the Flames a 1-0 lead when he came in as a trailer on a rush,
collected Gaudreau’s pass and ripped a slap shot from the slot past
Raanta at 4:27.

The Blackhawks answered nine seconds into a power play. Some nice puck
movement led to Toews feeding Patrick Sharp for a one-timer from the bottom of
the left circle at 8:43.

Game Notes

Defenseman Tim Erixon played 10:43 for Chicago after being acquired for
forward Jeremy Morin in a trade with Columbus earlier Sunday … Calgary was
0-for-3 on the power play.