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Jonas Hiller and The Flames Singe the Blackhawks 2-1

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Oct 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Calgary Flames goalie

Jonas Hiller

(1) is greeted by right wing

Brian McGrattan

(16) defenseman

Kris Russell

(4) and left wing

Mason Raymond

(21) after their win against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. The Calgary Flames defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks welcomed former Hawks Brandon Bollig and the Calgary Flames. The story of tonight’s game was the play of Jonas Hiller. Hiller won the game for the Flames as he stopped 49 shots. The Flames pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory.

In the first period the Flames looked sluggish in the first few minutes. All four of the Blackhawks lines dominated play for stretches. The fourth line of Daniel Carcillo, Ben Smith, and Marcus Kruger produced the best chance of the night. Smith hit Carcillo who missed a wide open net. Despite the miss Carcillo had a strong first period. The Blackhawks did outshoot the Flames 18-2.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Brad Richards continues his poor start with the Blackhawks. He gave the Flames their best chance if the period. Luckily Corey Crawford was up to the task.

As the period wore on the Flames gained confidence despite multiple icing penalties. The first period ended scoreless.

In the second period the Blackhawks continued to dominate play. At one point during the period for the game the Blackhawks had outshot the Flames 30-3. In typically Blackhawks fashion with the 6th Flames shot of the game, they score to take the lead 1-0. Dennis Wideman scored the Flames goal. His shot deflected off the stick of Trevor van Riemsdyk for the goal. The period ended with the Flames being outshot 32-10 but were trailing 1-0 after the second period.

The third period was fast paced and fun. The Blackhawks tied the game late on nifty goal from Andrew Shaw. Shaw deflected a Patrick Sharp shot in for the goal. The game remained tied 1-1 into overtime.

In overtime, it was the Crawford and Hiller show. Both goalies played extremely well in overtime. Ultimately Hiller won the battle as Mikael Backlund beat Crawford at 4:35 in overtime. The Blackhawks lose 2-1.

Some telling stats of this game were that the Blackhawks outshot the Flames 50 to 18. The Blackhawks also went 1 for 7 on the powerplay tonight. Coach Quenneville said in his post game interview that “it was a missed opportunity tonight”.

News and notes:

The Blackhawks next game is Saturday against the Nashville Predators at the United Center.

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