Rapid Reaction: Flames 5, Blackhawks 4 (F/OT)
January, 28, 2014
By Ryan Dittrick | Special to ESPNChicago.com
CALGARY, Alberta -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
How it happened: After Antti Raanta was chased after allowing four goals on 15 shots, the Blackhawks rallied from a 4-2 deficit, sending the game to overtime. In the extra frame, Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie banked a shot in off Nick Leddy’s skate to secure the win for Calgary. Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa (2) and Ben Smith scored for Chicago. Mikael Backlund netted a pair, while Lance Bouma and Matt Stajan added singles for the home side. In relief of Raanta, Corey Crawford posted 13 saves in the overtime loss.
What it means: While Chicago's losing streak extends to four, the St. Louis Blues, who have three games in hand, were victorious on this night. As a result of their regulation win and the Hawks' overtime loss, the Blues (36-11-5) have moved into the Central Division lead, tied with Chicago (32-10-13) with 77 points.
Player of the game: Marian Hossa stirred the drink for the Blackhawks offensively. On both occasions, his tallies brought the game back on even terms at critical points in the game. No. 81 had 18:05 in ice time, recording three shots on goal, one block and a plus-2 rating.
Stat of the game: Incredibly, 11 different Blackhawks factored in the scoring, recording at least one point each in the victory: Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Leddy, Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad, Kris Versteeg, Johnny Oduya, Smith, Brandon Bollig, Hossa and Kane.
What’s next: The Blackhawks continue their string of six straight games away from the United Center with a stop in Vancouver on Wednesday night to face the Canucks. Chicago then continues its swing through the Pacific Division, stopping in San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Phoenix before the Olympic break, which begins on Feb. 8.