Huselius 'Hawk-eyed

Calgary Flames forward Kristian Huselius continued his dominant play last night, assisting on the...

Calgary Flames forward Kristian Huselius continued his dominant play last night, assisting on the game-winner against the Chicago Blackhawks. (Edmonton Sun File/Jason Franson)

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

The winning streak may have ended this week but Kristian Huselius is still red hot.

The Calgary Flames winger took a goal-scoring streak into last night's tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks and, while he didn't light the lamp for a fifth straight game, he assisted on the first-period game-winner in a 4-1 Flames victory before 19,289 at the 'Dome.

Huselius was a healthy scratch in St. Louis earlier this month but has scored five goals and two helpers in seven games since.

With his team already up by a goal, Huselius teamed with linemate Matthew Lombardi to beat Flames nemesis Nikolai Khabibulin a second time in the first period.

Lombardi's forecheck led to a turnover inside the Blackhawks blueline and Huselius scooped it up.

The Swede faked a slapshot and dished to Lombardi, who roofed his shot from the right side of the net.

The goal was an important one because the Blackhawks responded less than a minute later with one of their own.

Tuomo Ruutu extended his goal streak to three games with a quick backhander over Miikka Kiprusoff. A Tony Amonte clearing attempt was slapped back at the Flames net and bounced through defenceman Robyn Regehr to the open Blackhawks sniper.

Looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss in Edmonton a night before, when Petr Sykora scored his second of the game late in the third period to give the Oilers a 2-1 victory, the Flames were all over the Blackhawks in the opening minutes.

Linemates Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla continued to show chemistry and got the home crowd on its feet before the halfway mark when the Flames captain scored his 10th of the season.

Set up by Tanguay and centre Daymond Langkow, of course.

Tanguay feathered a cross-ice pass to his left-winger, who blistered a one-timer past Khabibulin.

Iginla also contributed an empty-netter.

The 'Hawks goaltender had a 15-2-2 lifetime record against the Flames heading into the contest -- many of those wins coming with the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning team that ousted surprise finalist Calgary in seven games in 2004.

While a strong physical presence seemed to be missing during the loss to Edmonton, it was in full display during the opening 20 minutes last night.

Brent Seabrook threw a hard shoulder into Marcus Nilson but Flame Dion Phaneuf upstaged his counterpart with a crushing hit on 'Hawks winger Karl Stewart.

Regehr had a highlight-reel check lined up but rattled the boards with the impact of just his own body.

But the attempt to crush the Blackhawks' spirit was obvious.

The Flames seemed to get a little sidetracked -- even a little sleepy -- at times in the second period but came out strong again to start the third.

Only Khabibulin's incredible play kept the Blackhawks in a one-goal game until Amonte gave the Flames a little breathing room with 11:14 to play.

The former 'Hawk banged in his own rebound for his fifth of the season.

Byron Ritchie and Nilson got the puck in deep and veteran blueliner Adrian Aucoin ignored Amonte at the side of the net.


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