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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Flames 2 (SO)

By ESPNChicago.com



Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames in a shootout at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Alberta on Saturday.

How it happened: Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery was nearly unbeatable on Saturday night. He made 45 saves, including all three shootout shots he faced. Forward Patrick Kane scored a goal in the third period and the lone shootout goal to provide the Blackhawks their first shootout victory in three opportunities this season to avoid a third consecutive loss. The final minute of the third period was frantic and featured the bulk of the game’s drama. The Flames went ahead 2-1 with 34.2 seconds left in the period on a goal by Jay Bouwmeester. The Blackhawks removed their goalie in desperation in the final seconds, then Marian Hossa came through in the clutch with a goal with just 2.1 seconds remaining. The Flames outshot the Blackhawks 47-19, including 24-6 in the third period.

Player of the game: Emery hadn’t played since Jan. 20, but he looked as fresh as could be. He made a career-high 45 saves and was perfect in the shootout. He improved to 2-0 on the season.

What it means: The Blackhawks looked sloppy most of the evening. But thanks to Emery and a few timely goals, they came through for the victory. They also continued their points streak with the win. They have earned at least one point in every game this season and now have 16 points through nine games. The Blackhawks’ penalty kill once again showed why it’s the best in the NHL right now. The Hawks have allowed just two power-play goals in 36 opportunities this season.

What’s next: The Hawks are halfway through their six-game road trip. They travel to face the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday in a matchup of the two of the NHL’s hottest teams.