Flames Game Review

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

THREE STARS

1. Dustin Byfuglien, Hawks -- Notched a couple of assists, provided the screen on Chicago's third goal and potted an empty-netter, to boot.

2. Nikolai Khabibulin, Hawks -- It wasn't pretty, but the 'Bulin Wall turned aside all kinds of shots.

3. Patrick Kane, Hawks -- One goal, one helper and could have done more damage.

REPORT CARD

OVERALL: B-

OFFENCE: C-

DEFENCE: B-

GOALTENDING: C

POWERPLAY: D

PENALTY KILL: D

UNSUNG HERO

Flames D Cory Sarich was playing on a bad foot but was still his team's most visible player in the critical game.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Let's count the ways. Another silly early penalty led to a first-shot goal by the Hawks. The third shot also beat G Miikka Kiprusoff and then -- after Calgary controlled play for a long stretch -- another powerplay marker did them in.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien took a big-time hit, but fired a tape-to-tape cross-ice feed that Adam Burish redirected into the cage to make it a two-goal game.

SCRATCHES

CALGARY -- D Dion Phaneuf (undisclosed injury), D Robyn Regehr (knee), D Mark Giordano (shoulder), D Rhett Warrener (shoulder), LW Andre Roy, C Brett Sutter, LW Kyle Greentree, D Matt Pelech, David Van der Gulik, D John Negrin.

CHICAGO -- D Aaron Johnson, C Colin Fraser, D Brent Sopel (elbow).

UP NEXT

The Blackhawks are off to the second round, while the Flames season is over.

NOTABLES

With D Robyn Regehr and D Dion Phaneuf out of the lineup with injuries, the host Flames had C Craig Conroy and D Cory Sarich wearing the 'A' on their sweaters ... Hawks D Brian Campbell's second-period powerplay goal was his first in 50 games. The defenceman, who is signed to a contract worth more than US$7 million per season, failed to light the lamp in the final 44 regular-season games and first five playoff encounters ... Flames RW Todd Bertuzzi snapped his goal-scoring drought at 14 games with his third-period tally ... RW Andre Roy was eligible to return from a one-game suspension but was left out of Calgary's lineup ... Chicago notched the only road victory of the series.


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