Blackhawks enjoy life on the road, beat Flames 5-2

  • Associated Press
  • Thursday, February 5, 2009 9:39pm
  • SportsSports

CALGARY, Alberta — Adam Burish broke a tie midway through the second period and the Chicago Blackhawks went to beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Thursday night.

Andrew Ladd had a goal and two assists, Dave Bolland, Colin Fraser and Troy Brouwer also scored, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 29 saves to improve to 16-4-5. Matt Walker added three assists after entering the night with four assists in 37 games.

The Blackhawks improved to 4-1-0 through five stops of their eight-game trip, the longest in the NHL this season. Chicago also moved two points ahead of Calgary into third place in the Western Conference, although the Flames remain the No. 3 seed for the playoffs because they lead the Northwest Division.

Todd Bertuzzi and Dion Phaneuf scored for Calgary. The Flames have lost three straight in regulation for the first time this season.

Burish scored at 11:28 of the second period.

Ladd worked the puck to Walker at the Chicago blue line, and Burish deflected the defenseman’s shot past Miikka Kiprusoff from a sharp angle.

Notes: Khabibulin and Cristobal Huet have alternated starts in the

Chicago net since Khabibulin made consecutive starts Dec. 16 and 19. Khabibulin is 22-5-2 against Calgary. … Carrying no extra healthy players, Calgary has used the same lineup the past six games. … Chicago has won its last six game at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

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