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Game over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

NEXT GAME: FLAMES AT COLORADO AVALANCHE

MONDAY AT 7 P.M., TV: PAY-PER-VIEW, RADIO: FAN 960

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SUN THRE STARS:

1. Mark Bell, Blackhawks.

2. Nikolai Khabibulin, Blackhawks.

3. Adrian Aucoin, Blackhawks.

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TURNING POINT:

Goals by Mark Bell and Matthew Barnaby 84 seconds apart midway through the second period not only erased Calgary's one-goal lead but also gave the Blackhawks new life in a contest they should have lost early.

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BIG SAVE:

Late in the second period, Darren McCarty had a golden chance to tie the game when a rebound puck came right to his stick on the doorstep. 'Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin slid across to make the stop and maintain the two-goal edge.

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HARD HIT:

Chicago defenceman Jim Vandermeer was standing still -- not the best thing to do -- while holding the puck in the neutral zone. He paid for it when hulking Chris Simon stepped forward and sent him flying backwards to the ice.

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UNSUNG HERO:

'Hawks D Jassen Cullimore was on the ice for five-and-a-half minutes of penalty kill time and was burnt for only one Flames powerplay goal.

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SCRATCHES:

FLAMES -- C Byron Ritchie returned to the sidelines, a healthy scratch along with D Bryan Marchment and D Steve Montador. C Matthew Lombardi (high ankle sprain) remains on the shelf.

CHICAGO -- RW Tuomo Ruutu (back) and LW Eric Daze (back), with D Todd Simpson and RW Shawn Thornton taking a seat.

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BURNING QUESTION:

How do you only score once on four different five-on-three chances that combined for 3:39 of time?

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WHAT IT MEANS:

For the third time in Calgary Flames history, an eight-game winning run -- tops since the franchise moved from Atlanta to the Stampede City -- failed to become a nine-game streak. Calgary's record now falls to 12-8-2 with the first loss in November.

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NOTEWORTHY:

Roman Hamrlik's game-opening goal was his first powerplay marker of the season ... Philippe Sauve made his first appearance at the Saddledome by replacing Miikka Kiprusoff in the Flames cage for the third period ... Chicago has been down on five-on-three powerplays 31 times this season. Amazingly, they've only surrendered six goals in those chances.


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