Flames 5, Blackhawks 4
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Andrew Cassels scored two goals, including the game winner 1:47 apart in the second period, as the Calgary Flames beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 Saturday night.
It was 3-3 after one period, and goals by Cassels at 8:08 and 9:55 of the second put the Flames ahead to stay, snapping their five-game losing streak.
Also scoring for the Flames were former Blackhawk Jeff Shantz, Cory Stillman and Theoren Fleury, who also had two assists.
Tony Amonte scored three goals for Chicago to boost his league-leading total to 17, and Alexei Zhamnov had one.
The Blackhawks, after a 4-2-1 start to the season, have lost four straight and their only victory over the last 15 games was against the expansion Nashville Predators. They’ve been outscored 52-26 in that stretch.
With Chicago trailing 5-3, Amonte brought the Blackhawks within one at 1:32 of the third period with their third power-play goal. However, rookie goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere closed the door the rest of the game to preserve the win.
After losing seven of eight, the Flames came out aggressively in the first period and opened the scoring at 1:15 on a goal by Shantz.
Amonte tied it 28 seconds later before Zhamnov gave Chicago its first lead at 5:36. After Stillman and Amonte exchanged goals, Fleury tied it 3-3 with 50 seconds left in the first.
Calgary outshot the Blackhawks 17-8 in the first and should have had the lead if not for some acrobatic goaltending by Jocelyn Thibault.
The Flames finished with a 37-21 edge in shots.