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Rate the Flames (3) at Blackhawks (2): Smith Solid

The Flames got great goaltending in a hard-fought win

NHL: Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports


The Calgary Flames began their annual Dad road trip with a strong 3-2 victory of the slumping Chicago Blackhawks.

Sean Monahan opened the scoring in the first period with his 15th of the young campaign after the Flames dominated early. A breakaway goal by Jonathan Toews would tie the game late in the first, so the game was tied despite Calgary’s 18-6 lead in shots.

In the second period, Chris Kunitz would catch Travis Hamonic in the head with a nasty elbow, which cause the Flames defender to leave the game for repairs. Calgary would get a five minute powerplay and take full advantage. First Elias Lindholm would score after a great pass from Johnny Gaudreau, before Derek Ryan would get one with the struggling second unit as well.

Chicago would get one back with Dylan Strome scoring on their own PP late in the second.

That would be it for the scoring as the goaltenders would clamp down in the third, including Mike Smith making arguably the save of the year thus far.

Calgary wins 3-2, and is 16-9-2.