The Chicago Blackhawks found a higher gear in the third period, and Brandon Saad helped finish off the Calgary Flames. Saad scored with 7:03 left, and the Blackhawks beat the Flames 2-1 on Sunday night for their 12th victory in the last 14 games.
With the game tied 3-3, Kane’s unassisted goal at 9:12 came after goalie Jonas Hiller turned over the puck behind his net.
Jonas Hiller made 49 saves, and Mikael Backlund scored at 4:35 of overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a win.
It’s a contrast of styles between the Blackhawks and Ducks, who are on a playoff collision course.
Chicago and Anaheim had the NHL’s two best records and a combined 15 Olympians on the ice at Honda Center. Before all that world-class talent heads to Sochi this weekend, the Blackhawks demonstrated why they’re still the team to beat when the NHL gets back to work in three short weeks.
Ryan Getzlaf set up Bobby Ryan’s tying goal and Teemu Selanne’s tiebreaker 1:04 apart in the waning minutes, and the Ducks rallied for a 4-2 victory over Chicago in a meeting of the NHL’s top two teams.
The Blackhawks faced the Ducks Sunday and Anaheim kept the pressure on. The Ducks scored first and limited Chicago to just one goal, giving the Blackhawks their third straight loss.