'Hawks hurt by P.K.

Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban celebrates his game winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks. ...

Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban celebrates his game winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks. (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Thanks, P.K.

But you couldn’t have got the job done in regulation time, huh?

Calgary Flames fans didn’t like P.K. Subban’s exuberant celebration after scoring an overtime winner against their own goaltender, Henrik Karlsson, in mid-January.

But they enjoyed the Montreal Canadiens rookie blueliner’s dance down the ice after his top-shelf blast on the power-play gave the Habs Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

It wasn’t all smiles for Flames fans, as the Blackhawks moved into a seventh-place tie with the point. Both the ’Hawks and the Anaheim Ducks — each with three games remaining — sit two points up on the Flames and the Dallas Stars for the final two playoff spots in the NHL’s Western Conference.

And the bad news didn’t stop there.

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen kicked out 23 shots to backstop his club to a 3-0 win Tuesday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Stars moved alongside the Flames with 91 points, but the Lone Star squad has the easier finishing schedule of the two pursuing clubs.

The Stars will face the Colorado Avalanche twice and finish up against the Minnesota Wild.

The Flames will try to stave off elimination again Wednesday night, but they’ll need help again.

First, they’ll have to beat the Edmonton Oilers at the Saddledome (7:30 p.m.) and hope both the ’Hawks and the Ducks run into trouble.

The ’Hawks, who are 11-4-2 in the second half of back-to-back sets, host the St. Louis Blues Wednesday (6 p.m.). The defending Stanley Cup champions are 3-2 against the Blues this season. The ’Hawks will close out the season with a home-and-home set against the Detroit Red Wings — Friday at The Joe and Sunday at Chicago’s United Center.

The Ducks host the San Jose Sharks (8 p.m.).

A win by both the ’Hawks and the Ducks, regardless of what the Flames do, spells the end of the Flames’ season.

Flames winger Alex Tanguay said earlier in the day he’d contacted a few of his former Montreal Canadiens teammates to plead for assistance.

“There’s a couple of guys I’ve made some phone calls to to help us out,” Tanguay said.

“It’s a lot more nerve-wracking when you don’t have a chance to play.

“When you play in it, you can somewhat control the outcome of the game, or you can do something about it.

“I’ll be watching, crossing my fingers and changing seats if things don’t go as well as planned. I wish we could control our own destiny, but that’s not the case right now.

“Hopefully, the hockey gods are on our side.”

Former Flames star Michael Cammalleri did his ex-mates a solid favour when he put the Habs up 1-0 early in the second period.

But Patrick Kane’s 27th of the season four minutes later sent the game to the final frame tied at one.

Cammalleri nearly gained a few more fans in the Stampede City, but the diminutive sniper was robbed twice by ’Hawks netminder Corey Crawford in the third.

The Canadiens’ last chance to keep the ’Hawks from gaining a point evaporated when Tomas Plekanec’s slap-shot went off the post in the dying seconds.

scott.fisher@sunmedia.ca


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