The Blackhawks never play well in Calgary or so it seems, but the start to tonight’s game in Calgary had a different feel with the Hawks putting a lot of pressure on the Calgary Flames. The Hawks were given two early chances on two separate powerplays but were unable to cash in on them. The Hawks were having troubles getting shots all the way to rookie Flames goalie Reto Berra with the Flames blocking 10 first period shots. Antti Raanta getting his first NHL start looked sharp if you throw out one iffy glove save. In a battle of youth in between the pipes, both teams were held scoreless after one period.
The Second Period saw the Flames with a little more push and the Hawks with a little less of a push with more unlucky breaks. Patrick Kane hit a post to deny the Hawks the first goal of the game and Patrick Sharp had what seemed like a buffet full of chances, but it was the Flames that scored the first goal of the game when Matt Stajan was all alone in the slot and blew one by Raanta. Mike Cammalleri had a chance to give the Flames a 2 goal lead but whiffed on his one-timer a la Patrick Sharp. The Hawks have done everything through two periods but put pucks in the net and they trail 1-0 after 2 periods.
On a tough play with a broken stick of Brandon Pirri, the Flames went down on a 3-2 and beat Raanta to give the Flames 2-0 lead. The Flames had an open net but hit all post and that would be the turning point of the period. The Hawks looked like they were going to go listless into the night in Western Canada when nearing the halfway point of the third period, Patrick Kane put one off a Calgary defenseman and into the net for the Hawks opening goal. The Hawks new trend is scoring in bunches which continued 56 seconds later when Patrick Sharp deflected in a Marian Hossa pass to tie the contest up. The game looked like it was heading to overtime when Patrick Kane was able to put a backhand past Berra for his second goal of the period and the deciding factor for the Hawks 3-2 win! There is magic in the Saddledome for the Hawks in the final minute of regulation and the magic extended to Patrick Kane!
What a third period and comeback victory!!
Hawks Win! Hawks Win 3-2!! The Circus trip in now 4-2!
Congrats to Antti Raanta on picking up his first NHL victory!