Blackhawks 2, Flames 0
The Chicago Blackhawks buckled down defensively and helped Ray
Emery get his first shutout in more than three years.
Emery had to make only 16 saves, defensemen Nick Leddy and Brent
Seabrook scored, and the Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing
streak with a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
Emery improved to 12-0 in getting his 12th career shutout, and
first since Feb. 1, 2010, when he blanked the Flames while with
Emery was tested several times, but the Blackhawks outshot the
Flames 35-16 in sending them to their 10th straight road loss
”Our defense was really on,” Emery said. ”We continued to
apply pressure, but really didn’t give much up. It was a great
”It’s always good to put a zero on the board, but I’m just glad
to get a win.”
In their two previous games – losses to Anaheim and Los Angeles
– the Blackhawks got sloppy late and blew third-period leads.
But after getting a two-goal lead late in the second period
Tuesday, the Blackhawks managed the puck and their defensive
coverage effectively, and finished the job.
Emery went 58 games between shutouts, a period that was
punctuated with him undergoing career-threatening hip surgery.
But Emery, who said he didn’t even remember his last shutout,
has been perfect for Chicago this season as a backup to Corey
”It’s a good team. It’s a different situation. I just take it
one shot at a time,” he said.
Calgary hasn’t won in the United Center in five years, going
0-8-1 in Chicago since beating the Blackhawks 4-2 on March 16,
Leddy and Seabrook’s goals both deflected off Calgary goalie
Miikka Kiprusoff, who stopped 33 shots.
Patrick Kane assisted on both scores, and has five goals and
nine assists in a seven-game point streak.
With the win, Chicago improved to 25-4-3 and remained in first
place overall in the NHL with 53 points.
The Blackhawks ended their second two-game losing streak of the
season following an NHL-record start of 24 games without a
”We had a couple slipups in the last couple games, but if you
looked at the games before, 12,13,14 (of them) were one-goal games
and we won,” Kane said. ”One of the things we’ve been trying to
do all year is to try to get better as a team.
”Even when we were on that long winning streak and it seems
everything was golden in here, there were still some problems that
we needed to fix.”
The Blackhawks played again without two top forwards, Marian
Hossa and Patrick Sharp. Hossa missed his third game with an
upper-body injury and Sharp sat out his eighth with a shoulder
The Flames’ 16 shots were a season low, one fewer than the 17
they took in a 3-2 win at home over St. Louis on Sunday.
”We didn’t create nearly enough, although we had some spurts in
the first,” Calgary captain Jarome Iginla said. ”In the last 10
minutes in the first we had something going, but in the second they
”We haven’t created enough on the road. And we got outcompeted
tonight – all of us – except Kip, who was great again in net for
Leddy scored the only goal of the first period at 7:09, beating
Kiprusoff with a shot that hit his left pad and then bounded in
between his legs.
Leddy’s chance resulted from a broken play. Kane had tried to
center from the right corner to Dave Bolland in the slot, but
Calgary’s Curtis Glencross accidentally deflected the puck to
Leddy, who had pinched down to the left circle.
Although Chicago dominated early, the Flames kept the Blackhawks
pinned in their zone at times late in the first.
Emery had to be sharp a couple of times, including on a close-in
chance by Iginla with 1:39 left.
Emery made a quick, point-blank pad save on Lee Stempniak 2:50
into the second following a Chicago turnover in the high slot to
keep the Blackhawks ahead.
Chicago failed to cash in on a four-minute power play early in
the second after Calgary’s Jiri Hudler was given a double-minor for
high-sticking Bolland in the face.
The Blackhawks outshot Calgary 16-3 in the second, and Seabrook
made it 2-0 with 2:12 left in the period.
Seabrook’s shot from the right circle ticked off Iginla’s stick,
then fluttered in off Kiprusoff’s glove as he reached awkwardly in
an attempt to grab the puck.
Kiprusoff made a sprawling save on Andrew Shaw 3:15 into the
third to keep it close, then added several point-blank stops late
in the period.
Emery stopped Stempniak again from the doorstep in the final
minute to preserve the shutout.
Notes: Before the game, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said both
Hossa and Sharp ”are progressing,” and Hossa skated on Tuesday.
However, it’s doubtful whether either will be able to play on
Friday when the Blackhawks host Anaheim in a meeting of the top two
teams in the Western Conference. … The previous time the Flames
and Blackhawks met, on Feb. 2 in Calgary, Emery made a career-high
45 saves to pace Chicago to a 3-2 shootout win. In that game,
Calgary outshot Chicago 47-19. … Calgary D Cory Sarich played in
his 900th NHL game.