Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Flames Erase Deficit in Third to Knock off Chicago Blackhawks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Flames Erase Deficit in Third to Knock off Chicago Blackhawks

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Flames rally to beat Blackhawks

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CALGARY - The Calgary Flames stuck to an unconventional winning formula on Saturday night.

For the fifth time this season, Calgary won a game when trailing after two periods as the surging Flames rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

"Obviously it's not ideal to be down in games like we have been," said Flames centre Sean Monahan, who had two goals to extend his point streak to six games (4 goals, 6 assists). "But we had a lot of good looks and if you play the same way we're playing, you're going to get rewarded and that's what happened tonight."

Of the other 30 NHL teams, only Anaheim (two) has won more than once when trailing after the second intermission.

Matthew Tkachuk, Michael Frolik, with the game-winner, and Mikael Backlund, into an empty net, also scored for the Flames (9-5-1), who have won four straight. Calgary plays next on Wednesday when it begins a three-game California road trip in Anaheim.

Jonathan Toews, with career goal No. 300, Jan Rutta and Brandon Saad scored for the Blackhawks (6-6-3), who lost all three games on their Western Canada road trip. They're not in action again until Thursday when they play host to Carolina.

Frolik's decisive goal came at 15:05 of the third period. His centring pass from below the goal line deflected off a player and got past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

"He passed it out front and I put my stick out and one of our guys put out his stick and I didn't see where it went after that," said Crawford, who was peppered with 40 shots.

It was the seventh goal for Frolik, who scored only 10 times last year.

After pressing all period, Monahan finally tied it at 13:59 of the third, when he neatly converted a cross-ice pass off the rush from Johnny Gaudreau.

"We had been the better team so far in the game, we had chances and chances, and we knew we were going to get one," said Tkachuk, whose goal at 18:26 of the second got the comeback started, drawing the Flames to within one with 20 minutes to go. …

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