Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Calgary Flames: Hawks Win Sixth Straight

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Jonathan Toews Scores Twice, Blackhawks Win 6-4

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Jonathan Toews scored twice to help the Chicago Blackhawks take a 6-4 win over the Calgary Flames at United Center.

Michael Frolik had a goal and two assists while Dave Bolland, Marian Hossa and Brian Campbell each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who are on a season-high six-game winning streak. Corey Crawford stopped 21 shots in the victory.

“We’re not looking at it as a streak cause we’ve been playing good for a while now,” said Toews. “We’re not gonna look too far ahead. We’ll use the momentum we’ve got and keep working hard out there.”

Jarome Iginla finished the game with a goal and two assists while Rene Bourque scored twice for the Flames, who were coming off a home-and-home sweep of the St. Louis Blues. Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled after the second period as he gave up four goals on 19 shots. Henrik Karlsson stopped 9-of-10 shots in the third.

A two-goal second period gave Chicago a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes, but the Flames came out hard in the third and made it a one-goal game.

The first goal came just 84 seconds in when Bourque lifted the puck over Crawford from the low right side and a one-timer from Iginla in the slot off a feed from Alex Tanguay made it a 4-3 game at the 8:44 mark.

Chicago, though, got some insurance just over two minutes later when a one- timer by Bolland from the right circle gave the team a 5-3 lead.

The Flames once again made it a one-goal game when Iginla’s slap shot from a sharp angle at the right side trickled though Crawford over to the left where Bourque slammed it home with 3:56 to play.

Calgary later got Karlsson out of the net for the extra attacker, but Hossa sealed the win with the empty-netter.

“We were not good defensively. We gave up over 20 scoring chances, and that’s not good enough,” Flames head coach Brent Sutter said.

Toews scored 6:46 into the game while Tanguay lit the lamp on the power play halfway through the first frame.

Frolik scored his first goal with Chicago and first in 32 games at the 18:25 mark of the first when he chipped it in as he crashed the net.

Campbell’s streaking one-timer from the top of the right circle gave Chicago a power-play goal and a 3-1 lead with 4:49 left in the second while Toews scored on a nice individual effort 1:22 later for a 4-1 lead.

Calgary hosts Columbus on Friday…Chicago welcomes Carolina to the Windy City on Friday…Each team won twice in the season series…Calgary was 1-for-3 on the power play while Chicago went 1-for-4.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Calgary Flames: Going For Six In A Row

The Blackhawks are hot right now, but they need to keep winning -- as most of the teams around them are doing. Their five-game winning streak has put them into a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference playoff standings, only two points out of fourth. But they also stand just five points ahead of the 12th place Columbus Blue Jackets.

Also, the Hawks have come very, very close to a long winning streak. Their last three losses are all by one goal and two of them came in shootouts. That bodes well for putting together a streak that might even get them back in contention to take the Central, although they're 10 points behind the Red Wings.

With Jonathan Toews carrying them and having some writers push his candidacy for league MVP, and with coach Joel Quenneville apparently having decided that Corey Crawford is the No. 1 goalie -- the right call, it would appear -- the Hawks might be able to put on a real run for the Cup again.

Tonight's game has an unusual starting time -- 8 p.m. CST -- and is on CSN Chicago.

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