User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Blackhawks 3, Flames 2, SO

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery turned in a performance that left everyone talking and had the Calgary Flames shaking their heads in disbelief.

Advertisement
Emery made a career-high 45 saves, and the Blackhawks - on a shootout goal by Patrick Kane - beat the Flames 3-2 on Saturday night.

``That was criminal,'' Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. ``They've got to call the cops after that performance. (Emery) stole two points. He was spectacular.

``I've never ever been outplayed, outchanced like that in my life. That was a special performance and it continued on in the shootout.''

And that was just the capper. Both teams scored in the final minute of regulation to push the game into overtime.

The teams were scoreless through two periods before Calgary outshot Chicago 24-6 in the third. The Flames appeared set to hand the Blackhawks their first regulation loss when Jay Bouwmeester scored with 35 seconds remaining to put Calgary ahead 2-1.

However, Chicago pulled Emery for an extra skater and, in a furious scramble around the net in the final seconds, Marian Hossa pounced on the puck and fired it over fallen goalie Miikka Kiprusoff with just 2.3 seconds remaining.

In the shootout, Kane scored on a backhanded deke - after misses by Calgary's Alex Tanguay and Jiri Hudler - to put the game in Emery's hands. He then denied Roman Cervenka to win it for the Blackhawks in thrilling fashion.

``We did a good job of managing the flurries that they came at us in, and we got goals at the end when we needed them,'' Emery said. ``We didn't quit even though they got one with 30 seconds left. We battled right to the end, got one with two seconds left and got one in the shootout.

``They're not going to be pretty all the time but those ones, those are the ones you need to eke out if you want to have a good year.''

Twenty minutes after the game ended, Tanguay was still searching for answers that would explain how the Flames lost.

``I'm not sure we're going to get much sleep tonight. The way we played doesn't show on the score sheet,'' Tanguay said. ``(Mikael) Backlund had an empty net, (Curtis) Glencross had an empty net, I got a breakaway in the third period where I just have to get it over his pad, and it hopped over my stick.

``Tons of chances. Cammy hit the post, Iggy had five great shots from the slot, I mean, what else can you ask for?''

The Blackhawks (7-0-2) have gone to a shootout in each of their first three games of a season-high, six-game road trip, but this was the first one they won.

Dennis Wideman also scored for Calgary (1-3-2). The Flames will begin a three-game road trip on Tuesday in Detroit.

Despite starting the season with five of their first six games at home, the Flames are last in the Western Conference standings.

``We've said it all along that we're a better team, and tonight we showed it,'' Tanguay said. ``For some reason, when you don't win you find ways to lose, and certainly that was one of those cases.''

Desperate for a victory, Calgary turned in its best period of the season in the third. Glencross was right in the middle of the Flames' offense, with five shots in the frame as well as several other great chances that didn't result in shots.

``Probably had seven chances at least,'' Glencross said. ``Hit the crossbar on a breakaway, lots around the crease, just didn't get it over his pads. He played very well for them, Emery. This is one of those games where he deserved to win.''

Chicago opened the scoring at 4:08 when Kane fired in a rebound after Patrick Sharp hit the post. Calgary tied it at 13:23 on Wideman's power-play goal.

``If we play like we did today, we'll win a lot of games. We pretty much outplayed one of the best teams in the league,'' said Backlund, whose six shots were second on the team behind Lee Stempniak, who was credited with nine.

Chicago entered Saturday as one of three teams without a regulation loss. New Jersey was beaten by Pittsburgh in regulation on Saturday, and San Jose lost in a shootout.

``I see many positive signs all over our game, and it's just a matter of collecting a couple of wins and growing a little confidence,'' Flames coach Bob Hartley said. ``If we play every game like we played tonight, we're going to turn our season around, that's for sure.''

Kiprusoff made his sixth straight start after the 36-year-old Finn gave up an uncharacteristic 19 goals in his first five. That left him with a gaudy 3.76 goals-against average and .854 save percentage.

NOTES: Tanguay earned his 500th career assist. ... Going back to last season, Calgary's Jarome Iginla has gone nine games without a goal. He has only one in 17 games. ... Chicago C Dave Bolland (lower body) didn't play after getting hurt Friday in Vancouver. ... Calgary D Cory Sarich was a healthy scratch for the first time. ... The game's only fight featured Tim Jackman and Brandon Bollig in the first period. The Flames entered the night as the only NHL team without a fight.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Sportsbook: Updated Odds and Props
Former NHL defenseman Vadnais dies
NHL only discussing expanding league
Sens' G Anderson gets 3-year extension
Goalie Giguere retires after 16 seasons
Maple Leafs CEO to step down
Sabres shift Devine to personnel director
NHL lottery to change in next 2 years
Sharks F Torres undergoes knee surgery
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NHL Pro Hockey Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 NHL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2196
Bruce Marshall + 1208
Joe Williams + 62
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1956
Bill Marzano + 603
   
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 900
Tony Stoffo + 553
Bill Marzano + 341
Yesterday's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Yesterday  
   
   
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2026
Joe Williams + 1559
Bill Marzano + 989
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!