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.