The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Blackhawks
Calgary native Krys Kolanos made his Flames debut on Friday night just two days after signing with the club and being recalled from the Abbotsford Heat.
The 30 year-old had 12:01 of ice time, two shots on net, an even rating and won both of his faceoffs.
Olli Jokinen opened the scoring at 12:24 of the first period but for a few seconds, he was the only one who was aware the shot went in the net.
After snapping a shot over Corey Crawford, he skated back towards center ice with his arms raised but play continued. As he questioned the referee, play was stopped and the goal was reviewed.
It was quickly decided the puck did go in the net and Jokinen earned his 13th goal of the season.
The Flames were outshot 13-6 in the first period and while they were tied with the Blackhawks at one after twenty minutes of play, Chicago carried the play in the opening frame.
The tides turned in the middle stanza when the Flames outshot the Blackhawks 16-6 and outchanced them 11-2.
Calgary ended up taking the lead near the end of the period when Jay Bouwmeester potted his fourth goal of the season.
A week ago, the Flames acquired defenceman Brian Connelly from the Blackhawks in exchange for Brendan Morrison and the veteran made his first trip back to Calgary on Friday night.
The pivot was held pointless, played 11:09 and didn't register a shot on net.
Miikka Kiprusoff set a franchise record for games played by a goaltender on Friday as he suited up for his 527th outing in a Flames jersey. He made 26 saves in the 3-1 victory and now sits just one win away from 300.