Game Story: Chicago Blackhawks 2, Calgary Flames 0
Herald’s three stars are Patrick Kane, Miikka Kiprusoff and Jonathan Toews
The Herald's Three Stars
- Chicago RW Patrick Kane — Countless cheeky plays. His team is now 80-9-13 when he picks up two points.
- Calgary G Miikka Kiprusoff — Yet another bacon-saver of a night for the Finn. Keeps out-matched guests close.
- Chicago C Jonathan Toews — Usual display of excellence from the two-way standout. Lots of shots, lots of hustle.
Why the Flames lost:
- Because they are not at home. They drop their 10th straight game away from the Saddledome (0-9-1), setting a franchise record. This season, they are 3-10-2 on the road. (And now they return home, where, funnily enough, they've won seven straight.)
- Because they barely touch the puck in the second period. Reminiscent of Sunday versus St. Louis. Outshot 19-4 in the second period that night. Wednesday, they are outshot 16-3 in the second period. Defensive blunders from everyone.
The Big Save(s)
When Calgary LW Jiri Hudler is banished for four minutes for high-sticking, the hosts go to work. They pile up five shots (including dangerous clouts off the clubs of C Dave Bolland and C Jonathan Toews), but cannot beat G Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Big Hit
Late in the first period, Chicago RW Jamal Mayers roars in the Calgary zone and jolts D Jay Bouwmeester, a rare sight indeed. For good measure, Mayers nearly scores a couple of seconds later.
The Big Fight
No time for spats. Chicago is too busy skating. Calgary is too busy chasing.
- Calgary scratches — D Anton Babchuk, D Derek Smith, RW Brian McGrattan, C Paul Byron (hand). Man-games lost: 78
- Chicago scratches — D Sheldon Brookbank, LW Brandon Bollig, LW Patrick Sharp (shoulder), RW Marian Hossa (upper body). Man-games lost: 68
Colorado Avalanche (11-16-4) at Calgary Flames (12-15-4)
Keep Your Eye On:
Ryan O'Reilly — Young and talented centre nearly became property of the Flames after a (flawed) offer-sheet attempt.
- G.Landeskog R.O'Reilly C.Kobasew
- J.McGinn M.Duchene P.Parenteau
- D.Jones J.Mitchell M.Hejduk
- C.McLeod M.Olver P.Bordeleau
- G.Zanon | E.Johnson
- M.Hunwick | T.Barrie
- J.Hejda | S.O'Brien
- D Ryan Wilson (ankle), C Paul Stastny (foot), RW Steve Downie (knee)
Colorado C Ryan O'Reilly, in his 12 games since the Avs matched the Flames' offer sheet, has 11 points, winning 51.9 per cent of his faceoffs . . . Colorado, at 3.19, is 27th in goals-against average . . . But only one team, Toronto Maple Leafs, blocks more shots than the Avs, who have stepped in front of 542 pucks. D Greg Zanon, with 81, is sixth in the league. With 70, D Jan Hejda is 12th . . . In giveaways, C Matt Duchene and RW P-A Parenteau are tied for eighth overall with 29 apiece . . . Their special teams are middling — 20th on the penalty kill, 23rd on the power play . . . Colorado is a league-worst .500 when leading after the first period.
Scott Cruickshank, Calgary Herald
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