Flames Clobber Blackhawks In Calgary
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Jarome Iginla scored three times to help the Calgary Flames beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-2 on Friday night.
David Moss had a goal and two assists for the Flames, who had lost eight straight games to the Blackhawks dating to March 16, 2008. Niklas Hagman, Brendan Morrison and Curtis Glencross each had a goal and an assist, and Alex Tanguay set up three goals.
Jack Skille and Troy Brouwer scored for the Blackhawks, who dropped to 1-1 on their six-game road trip. Marty Turco stopped 29 shots just two nights after recording an 18-save shutout at Edmonton.
The Flames scored seven consecutive goals after Skille opened the scoring at 6:12 of the first period. Skille broke into the Calgary zone on the right side and fired a shot that squeaked under Miikka Kiprusoff’s left arm for his third goal of the season.
Hagman scored at 8:52 and the Flames went ahead for good just over three minutes later on a power-play goal by Moss, who shoveled a rebound past Turco. Alex Tanguay took a point shot with Moss providing a screen in front.
Kiprusoff, who finished with 31 stops, made a pair of big saves to help the Flames carry a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. He turned aside Patrick Kane’s heavy wrist shot before making a great glove grab on Marian Hossa’s slap shot.
Iginla scored twice in the second to make it 4-1. He finished off a nice three-way passing play with linemates Tanguay and Matt Stajan at 10:01 and tipped Tanguay’s shot past a screened Turco during a power play late in the period.
With 4:17 left to play, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville brought Turco to the bench and put an extra attacker on the ice. Kiprusoff then made a nice glove save on Kane.
With Turco back in the net, Morrison sent a rebound over the fallen goalie and Iginla converted a slap shot to complete the hat trick.
NOTES: Calgary had lost three straight. … Chicago forward Patrick Kane celebrated his 22nd birthday. … Forward Tom Kostopolous and defenseman Anton Babchuk made their debuts for the Flames after being acquired in a trade from the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.
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