Blackhawks 4, Flames 1

Blackhawks backup goalie Ray Emery delivered a first-rate

performance against the Calgary Flames.

Emery made 24 saves, and Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Viktor

Stalberg and Patrick Kane scored to lead Chicago to a 4-1 win over

the Flames on Friday night.

Emery, who made his fourth start this season, lost a shutout bid

with 9:10 left in the third when Olli Jokinen scored. He was solid

in place of No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks, who

played their second game in two nights.

”I thought Ray was special for us, a big part of us getting two

points,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. ”He was big in a

lot of ways.”

Emery signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent last summer. He

has had an up-and-down career, due in part to a serious hip injury.

Now he is providing quality depth to Chicago.

”He stepped in there when we needed him to,” Blackhawks

captain Jonathan Toews said.

Emery fended off the Flames off early and then helped Chicago

protect 1-0 and 2-0 leads.

”You want to get more comfortable in there, and I’m definitely

working on things, and trying to improve,” Emery said. ”It’s good

when you can get an early lead, keep the lead, and limit the other

team’s chances.

”(The Flames) throw it to the net, and whack at pucks, and

there were definitely pucks there, but my D did a good job of

letting me see the puck, and when there were rebounds there, taking

them away.”

Keith and Seabrook, Chicago’s two top defensemen, both scored

their first goals of the season in the Blackhawks’ 17th game.

”That’s part of our game that needs to be there,” Keith said.

”I think it’s important that we stay on that and help

contribute.

”It’s nice to get points and things like that but the main

thing is just keeping plays alive and having good gaps and

supporting our forwards.”

Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 27 shots and made several

tough, close-in saves to keep the game close. The Flames have

scored just four goals in four games, and have little room for

error.

”We had our opportunities and we never capitalized on them,”

Calgary coach Brent Sutter said. ”Five-on-five we had a couple

breakdowns that cost us two goals. That’s the outcome of the

game.

”We had chances, we’ve got to bury them, especially in that

second period there. We had those couple opportunities, and we

didn’t capitalize in a tight game.”

The Blackhawks (10-4-3) won their second straight, and the

Flames (6-8-1) dropped their second in a row.

Keith opened the scoring with 7:51 left in the first.

Kiprusoff stopped Patrick Sharp’s drive from right wing, but

kicked the rebound to the top of the left circle and lost his

balance. Keith then golfed a shot from the high shot into the open

net.

Seabrook’s screened power-play goal with 7:49 left in the second

made it 2-0. His quick, low drive from the top of the slot slipped

past several players before landing in the net.

About a minute later, Emery used a quick pad save to stop Curtis

Glencross on a breakaway.

”He made a big stop there, and a couple of other moments he

kept them away from us, I guess.” Toews said.

Jokinen scored on a play off a faceoff in the Chicago zone

midway through the third to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Jokinen won the draw and pulled it back to Mark Giordano at the

left point. Giordano skated down the boards, and passed back to

Jokinen who fired in a one-timer from the slot.

Stalberg made it 3-1 with 3:11 left in the game. After trailing

in late down the slot, Stalberg took Marian Hossa’s centering pass

from behind the net and connected from the edge of the crease.

Kane scored into in an empty-net goal with 4 seconds left.

NOTES: Keith played his 500th NHL game. … Emery’s previous

shutout, on Feb 1, 2010, was against the Flames while he was with

Philadelphia. … Chicago C Dave Bolland (right foot) sat out a

second game and is day-to-day. … Calgary D Anton Babchuk missed

his first game with a broken left hand. … Flames C Brendan

Morrisson missed his third game because of a left knee injury. Both

players have been placed on the injured list. … Calgary recalled

D T.J. Brodie from Abbotsford of the AHL in time. … Calgary D

Cory Sarich was a healthy scratch for a third straight game.