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Rapid Reaction: Hawks 2, Flames 0

3/27/2013

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames at the United Center on Tuesday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks created plenty of chances and kept the Flames from doing the same. The Blackhawks outshot the Flames 35-16, including 16-3 in the second period. Blackhawks defensemen accounted for both goals. Nick Leddy put a shot through Flames goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff's 5-hole for the first goal in the first period, and Brent Seabrook scored from the right circle in the second period. Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery made 16 saves and notched his first shutout of the season. He’s 12-0-0 on the season.

Player of the game: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane provided an assist on both goals. Kane has a seven-game point streak, which has included five goals and nine assists. He has 41 points on the season.

What it means: The Blackhawks needed this one after losing their previous two games. They improved to 25-4-3 with an NHL-best 53 points. Despite the win, the Blackhawks’ power play continued to struggle. They were 0-for-5 on power-play opportunities and have scored one power-play goal in the last four games.

What’s next: The Blackhawks have two days off before hosting the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. The Ducks defeated the Blackhawks in a shootout on Feb. 12.