SUN THREE STARS:
1. ADAM MUNRO, Blackhawks. First shutout for the rookie.
2. MARTIN LAPOINTE, Blackhawks. Game-winning powerplay goal.
3. KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, Flames. One of the few to generate offence.
Martin Lapointe's ability to bat the puck out of the air after Miikka Kiprusoff made the first save while the Blackhawks were on the powerplay late in the third period proved to be the difference.
Steven Reinprecht stole the puck deep in Chicago territory and sent a cross-ice pass to Shean Donovan, as the speedy right winger was driving to the net. Donovan redirected the pass towards the bottom corner of the net but Blackhawks goalie Adam Munro stuck out his left leg in time for the clutch stop.
There were plenty to chose from but the best came late in the second when Chicago's Tyler Arnason was trying to work his way deep in the Flames zone.
That's when Robyn Regehr closed the gap and sent him crashing into the endboards.
Kyle Calder of the Blackhawks showed some grit all game and was rewarded with the insurance goal. He also had an assist.
CALGARY -- C Jason Wiemer sat out for the sixth straight game. D Bryan Marchment and C Byron Ritchie are out with knee injuries.
BLACKHAWKS -- G Nikolai Khabibulin (knee), RW Eric Daze (back), C Tuomo Ruutu (ankle) were out, while RW Pavel Vorobiev, RW Patrick Sharp and D Todd Simpson were scratched.
What's the cause for such a stinker? After all, the team vowed to refocus following a blowout at the hands of Colorado two nights earlier.
WHAT IT MEANS:
Another blown chance to open ground on the Northwest Division pack, with the Vancouver Canucks struggling. The Flames remain two points ahead in the race.
Flames D Roman Hamrlik returned after missing six games due to re-injuring his knee in his first game back after being sidelined for a dozen contests ... Blackhawks rookie defenceman Brent Seabrook left the game midway through the third period with a knee injury after a collision with Marcus Nilson ... After going the first 48 games without surrendering a shorthanded goal, the Flames have done it in back-to-back games.
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