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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Blackhawks

Sunday, 18.12.2011 / 6:39 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Blackhawks




ENERGY LINES MEET, CHICAGO PREVAILS

Both teams fourth lines were pitted against each other around the midway mark of the first period and the Blackhawks managed to put themselves ahead by outworking the Flames in their own end.

The Flames were hemmed in their own zone for a substantial amount of time as the Blackhawk beat them in puck races and the battles along the boards.

Former Flames Jamal Mayers and Steve Montador combined to open the scoring, with Montador's howitzer from the blueline flying past Miikka Kiprusoff at 9:23.

BOURQUE'S BAD DECISION

Rene Bourque drilled Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook from behind along the boards and the hit ended the forward's night.

He received a five minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct. Bourque played just 4:15 in five shifts.

HAWKS STRIKE TWICE IN THE SECOND

Chicago pushed the score to 3-0 through forty minutes of play, essentially quelling any momentum the Flames had.

Niklas Hjalmarsson's point shot hit Kiprusoff but fell undernearth and trickled over the red line before the referee blew the play down. It was the blueliner's first goal of the year.

At 14:55, Patrick Kane threw in his ninth goal of the season during a power play. Chris Butler had taken a tripping call just 41 seconds before - the Flames fourth penalty in the first two periods.

STAJAN KNOCKED OUT OF THE GAME

Midway through the second period, Matt Stajan got tangled up with Montador and went hard into the boards.

He was in a fair bit of pain on the ice, clutching at his ankle, and immediately went to the dressing room. He did not return to the game.

JOKINEN CONTINUES TORRID

Olli Jokinen notched a goal and an assist in the third period, pushing his points total to six in his last three games. He has points in four of his last five games and 13 in his last 9.