Series (Game 4 of 4)

Chicago leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 6th
Game 2: Tuesday, October 23rd
Game 3: Thursday, November 15th
Game 4: Sunday, April 7th

Flames 2

(31-33-3, 77 pts)

Blackhawks 3

(40-25-1, 93 pts)

8:00 PM ET, April 7, 2002

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 T
CGY 1 1 02
CHI 3 0 03

M. Nylander (Blackhawks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

J. Iginla (Flames - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Sullivan (Blackhawks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Blackhawks withstand Iginla's outburts

CHICAGO (AP) -- Calgary's Jarome Iginla and the Chicago Blackhawks had noteworthy two-point performances.

While Iginla added to his NHL-leading goal total, scoring his 50th and 51st of the season, the Blackhawks made three first-period goals stand up and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference with a 3-2 victory over the Flames on Sunday night.

Tony Amonte, Steve Sullivan and Michael Nylander gave the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead, and Chicago withstood two goals by Iginla to snap a two-game losing streak.

"That was a big-time win for us," said Chicago's Brian Sutter, who earned his 400th NHL coaching victory. "I know this club had 71 points last year and we have 93 now."

Iginla became the first player in the league to score 50 goals this season, reaching the plateau with a power-play goal with 18.2 seconds left in the first period. His slap shot from the top of the right circle sailed over Jocelyn Thibault's glove and just under the crossbar to cut the Blackhawks' lead to 3-1.

"(Craig Conroy) sent me in on the wing and going in I thought this might be the one," Iginla said. "I was putting my head down just trying to shoot it as hard as I could.

"I just tried to go high glove and fortunately it found the net."

Even Thibault admitted Iginla's 50th was impressive.

"I came out and I really thought I had him trapped," Thibault said. "But with him every shot comes hard. He's one of those guys who shoots to score every time."

Iginla added his 51st goal at 5:51 of the second period, raising his season point total to a league-leading 94. His second goal survived a video review; it was unclear whether Iginla knocked the puck in with his stick or body as he was checked to the ice.

"It was kind of a good break for sure," Iginla said. "I missed by first shot and lost my edge. I knew the puck was kind of under me and I just fell into the net."

Iginla is virtually assured of being the NHL's only 50-goal scorer this season. After play Sunday, Boston's Bill Guerin was second with 40 goals. Washington's Petr Bondra and Toronto's Mats Sundin were tied for third with 39 goals each.

Iginla's previous career high for goals was 31, set last season. He also had a chance from close range with 8:30 left in regulation, but Thibault, who finished with 15 saves, made the stop.

Amonte opened the scoring 1:28 in, swatting in a rebound from the side of the net. Sullivan made it 2-0 from the edge of the crease at 5:50 of the first period when he tipped Steve Poapst's feed past Mike Vernon, who finished with 30 saves.

Nylander extended Chicago's lead to 3-0 with 2:15 left in the first when he was left alone in front of the net. Nylander took a feed from Joe Reekie on the left boards and then tucked a backhander past Vernon.

Iginla's goals made it close, but Chicago killed four of five Calgary power plays, including one late in the third period, to preserve the lead.

Game notes

Iginla is the eighth player in Flames team history to score 50 or more goals in a season, and the first to accomplish the feat since Gary Roberts scored 50 in 1991-92. ... Joe Nieuwendyk, now with New Jersey, is the only Atlanta or Calgary Flames skater to have two 50-goal seasons. ... Chicago defensemen Boris Mironov and Alexander Karpovtsev missed the game and are day-to-day. Mironov has a strained groin and Karpovtsev is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. ... Six Flames missed the game due to injury: center Marc Savard (concussion), defenseman Denis Gauthier (shoulder), right wing Blake Sloan (arm/neck stinger), center Clarke Wilm (fractured ankle), center Steve Begin (concussion) and left wing Dave Lowry (shoulder).shoulder

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