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Quick feet give Flames leg up

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Revenge.

Times three.

When they last met Thursday, the Calgary Flames couldn't solve the Chicago Blackhawks penalty killers and lost 2-0.

Yesterday, the Flames scored on the powerplay, not once but thrice, en route to a 5-3 victory.

The Blackhawks may be struggling this season but their penalty killing ranks among the top five in the league.

The Flames made a mockery of that PK unit yesterday.

Steven Reinprecht notched the game-tying goal, Dion Phaneuf potted the game-winner and Chuck Kobasew added an insurance marker all while enjoying the man-advantage.

"The key was getting our feet moving and drawing penalties," said Kobasew, whose goal iced the game midway through the third period.

"We didn't have one powerplay in the first period and that's because we weren't working hard enough. We knew special teams were going to be the difference and to get a few was pretty important."

Impressive, too.

The Blackhawks have been shorthanded a league-high 371 times this season but only twice have they surrendered three powerplay goals in a single game before yesterday's clash.

Meanwhile, the Flames equalled a season-best mark by scoring three times with the man-advantage -- all at critical junctures.

The plan was based on puck movement -- "getting hard to the net and getting pucks to the net," according to assistant coach Jim Playfair.

"It was about bringing our energy level on the powerplay to the same level they have on their penalty kill."

Kobasew said his teammates tried to move Chicago's aggressive penalty killers until they were out of position or, at least, until an opening was created.

"They're very aggressive. Five-on-four, four-on-three, they come at you," he said.


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