After Strong Road Trip Start, Hawks Turn In Dismal Performance Against Flames In 7-2 Loss

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ANALYSIS: Marty Turco May Not Be Blackhawks' Goaltending Answer

The Blackhawks had a great start to their road trip in Edmonton, with Marty Turco recording his first shutout of the season. Moving on to Calgary, where the Flames had lost seven of their past eight games, the Hawks must have looked on last night’s game as a chance to post an easy win.

It didn’t work out that way. Goals flew by Marty Turco all night; the Flames’ Jarome Iginia had a hat trick and Turco made 29 saves on 36 shots, not a stellar ratio, and too many shots allowed past the Hawks’ defense, which didn’t do a good job of penalty-killing — the Flames scored twice on power plays.

Meanwhile, Blackhawks goals were scored by Jack Skille and Troy Brouwer, the latter a consolation score in the final minute with the Hawks down 7-1.

NHL back-to-backs are always difficult, but particularly on the road, and the Hawks have to do that tonight in Vancouver against the Canucks. Expect Corey Crawford to get the start in goal.

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Friday's Victory Is Calgary's First Win Over Blackhawks Since 2008

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) – Jarome Iginla recorded his 11th career hat trick and Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside 31 shots to lead Calgary past Chicago, 7-2, at Scotiabank Saddledome.

David Moss added a goal and two assists and Alex Tanguay had three helpers for the Flames, who ended an eight-game losing streak to Chicago and beat the defending Stanley Cup champions for the first time since March 16, 2008.

Niklas Hagman, Curtis Glencross and Brendan Morrison supplied a goal and an assist as the Flames topped the Blackhawks on home ice for the first time since November 22, 2006.

“This is certainly a big win for us,” Calgary head coach Brent Sutter said. “We’ll enjoy this one tonight and start to get ready for our next game because they’re coming very quickly.”

Jack Skille and Troy Brouwer potted the goals for the Blackhawks, who have dropped four of their last six games. Marty Turco, coming off a shutout win over Edmonton on Wednesday, took the loss after yielding seven goals on 36 shots.

Chicago got the scoring started 6:12 into the game on a Skille wrist shot that beat Kiprusoff. However, the Flames responded 2:40 later on a Hagman slapshot that whistled past Turco to tie the game.

Calgary grabbed the lead for good 12:28 into the opening stanza on a power play tally by Moss before Iginla left his imprint on the game during the second period.

The Flames captain finished a 3-on-2 with a wrister from the slot that beat Turco through the five-hole to make it 3-1 midway through the session and then redirected a Tanguay redirection of a Moss point shot with 1:18 left in the period to push the lead to three.

The hosts then broke things open with three goals in a span of 2 1/2 minutes in the final stages of the game.

Glencross was stopped on a breakaway but Morrison was there to deposit the rebound past Turco at 16:29. Iginla intercepted an attempted clearing pass inside the blue line and ripped a slapshot from the top of the right circle past Turco with 1:50 remaining before Glencross finished the scoring with a wrister from the top of the right circle with 59 ticks to go.

Brouwer’s goal that was upheld by review capped the scoring with 20 seconds to play.

“Calgary played well, they played hard, but we weren’t up to par,” Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said. “It was one of those games where there’s nothing to be happy about.”

The Flames started a stretch of six games in nine days Friday that continues with a five-game road trip during which they will face the Red Wings, Rangers, Devils, Flyers and Penguins while the Blackhawks played the second game of a six-game road swing Friday…Kiprusoff earned his ninth career win over the ‘Hawks in 24 meetings…Iginla had scored only three goals all season before Friday…Calgary had scored first in 10 of its prior 13 games…Turco is 15-9-4 in 29 games against the Flames…Brouwer’s goal was his first in nine games.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Calgary Flames: Hawks Look To Continue Dominance Over Wounded Flames

The Blackhawks got their "circus trip" off to a good start in Edmonton on Wednesday night with a 5-0 shutout of the Oilers, their first shutout of the season. Shutouts seem to be in vogue this week for Chicago teams, with the Bears' shutout of the Dolphins Thursday night (their first since 2006), so perhaps the Hawks can do the same tonight in Calgary against an injury-depleted Flames squad.

The Flames have three key players on injured reserve: Ales Kotalik (knee), Raitis Ivanans (concussion) and Adam Pardy (shoulder) all on injured reserve. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are now back at full strength after missing Marian Hossa, Dave Bolland and Brian Campbell for varying lengths of time. This should go a long way toward having the Hawks get some consistency in their lines, something they've clearly been missing in their struggles so far this season.

It's a propitious time for the Hawks to have this meeting; they swept the Flames (4-0) last year and Calgary has lost seven of its last eight games to rank 14th in the Western Conference. The Flames made a trade just two days ago, acquiring Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos for Ian White and Brett Sutter, so they haven't yet worked the new players into their lineup.

Tonight's game begins at 8:30 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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