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Blackhawks beat Flames in overtime

Field HockeySportsDuncan KeithTodd BertuzziNikolai KhabibulinPatrick KaneMiikka Kiprusoff

It's only appropriate the red-hot Blackhawks continued their trek through Western Canada with a match-up against the Calgary Flames.

The Hawks are about to go supernova after collecting their sixth consecutive victory, a 3-2 overtime thriller Friday night over the Flames before a sellout crowd of 19,289 at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Duncan Keith scored the game-winner 23 seconds into overtime after Jonathan Toews rushed the net and got the puck to an open Keith between the circles. The defenseman then fired it in to extend the Hawks' points streak to eight games (7-0-1).

The victory was the Hawks' third consecutive on the road and improved their record away from home to 7-5-3 and 17-6-7 overall. Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane also scored for the Hawks, whose six-game winning streak is their first since Dec. 26, 2001 to Jan. 6, 2002.

"It was a nice play by Toews," Keith said of his fourth goal of the season. "Obviously, he's pretty good one on one and I knew he was going to make something out of it. It was a great play by him to throw it back toward the net. I had a wide-open net. It was nice to come out on top, especially being out on the road here."

The overtime victory is a rarity for the Hawks as they won for just the second time in 11 tries in the extra period.

"We could think back to how well we did at home and the stretch we've been on and say 'Once we get in overtime it's OK to be satisfied with one point,'." Toews said. "[But] we dug deep and I think if we didn't score on that first shift we were going to keep going.

"It was one of the only rushes I had all night. It's one of those things you're just trying to take the puck to the net. The pucks were kind of bouncing against us in the offensive zone so it was nice to finally get a break there."

After former Hawk Rene Bourque opened the scoring with a first-period goal, the Hawks scored the next two as Bolland and Kane did the honors in the second.

Bolland scored just more than a minute into the period to tie it 1-1. The center knocked in a rebound of his own shot for his sixth of the season. Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made the initial save on a puck trickling to him but Bolland scored from in close.

Kane gave the Hawks a 2-1 advantage with a power-play goal 51/2 later. With Todd Bertuzzi in the box for slashing, Kane rifled in a wrist shot from the right circle past Kiprusoff's stick side for his 15th of the season.

Calgary tied it 2-2 midway through the second on a David Moss goal and the teams were scoreless in the third, setting up overtime.

"It was a fun game to be a part of," Kane said. "There were a lot of chances back and forth. It's a tough place to play so it's nice to get two points."

Nikolai Khabibulin was strong in goal for the Hawks, finishing with 32 saves to improve his record to 10-1-4.

"It was a heck of a hockey game--what a game," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "The pace of the game was high-end and both teams played well. It came down to everybody got points. I like how we played.

"There were some dangerous opportunities at both ends. The pace was as good of a pace as we've seen all year."

ckuc@tribune.com

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