The Blackhawks lost their third consecutive game to begin the second half of the season, this time falling to the Calgary Flames.
Despite losing the game, Ray Emery may have won the starting job.
Emery made a number of big stops to keep the Blackhawks in the game, but Chicago spent too many critical minutes short-handed. In total, Emery made 29 saves against 32 shots, but his effort all night was superior after he was asked to relieve Corey Crawford in Edmonton the night before.
Michael Frolik took a back-breaking four-minute double minor for high sticking late in the second that resulted in the game-winning goal from Jay Bouwmeester. Steve Montador then spent four big minutes in the box in the third period.
Viktor Stalberg played an outstanding game all over the ice but didn’t factor in the scoring. Brent Seabrook scored the Hawks’ only goal off a pretty cross-crease pass from Patrick Kane late in the first period. Bryan Bickell played his most physical game in weeks, tying Seabrook for the team lead with three hits.
Chicago managed only six shots in the second period and only eight in the third.
The Blackhawks have lost five in a row, and their last road victory was on Dec. 14 in Minnesota. Chicago has been outscored 14-7 in the first three games of the nine-game road trip. On a positive, however, the Hawks have killed 10 of 12 penalties on the trip; the cloud surrounding that silver lining, however, is that those 12 penalties have come in the last two games.
Chicago’s next game is in Denver on Tuesday night.