Blackhawks extend Flames’ road woes with shutout win

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Updated: March 27, 2013

Ray Emery stopped 16 shots to notch his first
shutout of the season, as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Calgary Flames,
2-0, Tuesday at United Center.

Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook each scored once while Patrick Kane assisted on
both goals for the Blackhawks, who snapped a two-game skid.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 33-of-35 shots, but it wasn’t enough to keep the
Flames from dropping their franchise-record 10th straight road test.

“We got out-competed tonight, no question,” Calgary captain Jarome Iginla
admitted. “Everyone except (Kiprusoff).”

Chicago opened the scoring just over seven minutes in when Leddy rifled a shot
from the left dot that snuck through the five-hole for a 1-0 lead at the 7:09
mark of the first.

The Blackhawks outshot the Flames 16-3 in the second stanza, but were unable
to tack on until Seabrook’s marker with just over two minutes left in the
middle frame.

With Kane holding the puck behind the net, Seabrook skated into the right
circle before taking a feed from Kane. The Chicago defenseman then ripped a
shot that deflected off the stick of Iginla and knuckled past Kiprusoff to
double Chicago’s lead at the 17:48 mark.

Emery put the finishing touches on his 12th career shutout by stopping all
seven shots he faced in the final frame.

“It was a big win for us, especially after a couple losses where we gave up a
lead late or a tied game,” said Kane, who extended his point streak to seven
games. “It was huge to shut the door, especially in the last minutes of the
[third] period and not give them anything.”

Game Notes

Emery’s last shutout came on Feb. 1, 2010 as a member of the Philadelphia
Flyers … Chicago has taken both meetings with Calgary this season, including
a 3-2 shootout win in Calgary on Feb. 2 … Chicago improved to 12-2-1 at home
… Calgary dropped to 3-10-2 on the road and hasn’t won a game away from the
Saddledome since beating Dallas on Feb. 17 … Calgary went 0-for-4 on the
power play, while Chicago finished 0-for-5 on the man advantage.