Flames explode in win over Blackhawks
Curtis Glencross woke up the Calgary Flames’ offense.
Glencross had two of Calgary’s season-high five goals and added an assist to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
”We haven’t been good at home lately, and hopefully we can get more fan support behind us here,” Glencross said. ”They’re sticking behind us, but hopefully tonight we can get them to believe in us a little more again.
”Every team goes through their times when pucks aren’t going in for them and it’s huge for the city and the fans to stick behind them. If you’re kind of getting the gears from everyone, it makes it a little tougher and you hold onto your stick a little tighter.”
The season-high five-goal output was a relief for the Flames after they managed just one goal in five of their previous eight.
Calgary improved to 5-0 when scoring four or more goals. Lee Stempniak, Rene Bourque and Paul Byron finished out the scoring for the Flames.
”When you play Calgary, it’s about working hard and making it simple and we didn’t do that tonight,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. ”We always measure what we gave up and what we gave up tonight was our own doing — five goals that were all preventable, the way we have to play or the way we want to play.”
Defenseman T.J. Brodie, called up from the AHL on Nov. 9, got his first NHL point by assisting on Stempniak’s goal.
It’s been the big knock on us that we haven’t scored goals this year,” Stempniak said. ”Goaltending has been good and the defense has been good. We’re just not scoring enough goals to win games.”
Viktor Stahlberg and Marian Hossa scored for the Blackhawks, while Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves on 32 shots for Calgary in the win.
Meanwhile, Chicago’s Corey Crawford stopped just 21 of 26.
Calgary scored twice in a 17-second span at the start of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. The Blackhawks reduced the deficit with a power-play goal, but Glencross restored Calgary’s two-goal cushion heading into the third.
The Blackhawks couldn’t score on a two-man advantage with 2:45 remaining in the game.
NOTES: Chicago D Brent Seabrook was scratched for a second straight game with a ”lower-body injury” he sustained Sunday against Edmonton. … Calgary avenged a 4-1 loss Nov. 11 in Chicago. … Calgary’s power-play continues to be a drag on the offense, going just 2 for 42 at home.