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Duncan Keith scores OT winner as Blackhawks down Flames 3-2

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CALGARY - Duncan Keith got the goal but Jonathan Toews got the credit.

Set up by a gritty individual effort by Toews, Keith's goal 23 seconds into overtime Friday night gave Chicago a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames, Chicago's sixth victory in a row.

Streaking into the Flames end, Toews stepped around defenceman Dion Phaneuf but got hooked by Cory Sarich as he was about to shoot.

With a delayed penalty coming up, Toews was able to corral the puck behind the net and send it in front where Keith buried his fourth goal of the season into an open net.

"It was a nice play by Toews to bring it to the net and I was kind of lucky, it squirted right out to me," said Keith.

It's Chicago's first six-game winning streak since 2001-02.

"We have a lot of confidence right now," said Keith. "We're a young bunch of guys and we're not thinking a whole lot, we're just having fun playing the game, hanging out with each other, and putting wins together."

Toews says the team is confident but not over confident.

"We go into every game confident about what we can do but most of all, not high on ourselves, not high on what we've accomplished so far," said the 20-year-old. "We're never satisfied, there's always something we can do a little better."

Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago (17-6-7), which moves to within five points of the Central Division-leading Detroit Red Wings. Rene Bourque and David Moss replied for Calgary (18-11-4).

Long-time Flames nemesis Nikolai Khabibulin made 32 saves for Chicago to improve to 20-5-2 in his career versus Calgary.

"He made several key stops, high quality, high-end opportunities for them and he kept us in the game all night long," said Joel Quenneville, who improves to 16-4-6 since taking the coaching duties when Denis Savard was fired. "There was dangerous opportunities at both ends. The pace was as good a pace as we have seen all year."

The Blackhawks wrap up their three-game Western Canada road trip Saturday night in Vancouver.

"All the guys like coming out here, we have a lot of Western Canadian boys on the team including myself," Keith said. "It's nice to put that one in at the end and nice for everyone to get the win."

Calgary falls one point behind the Northwest Division-leading Minnesota Wild, who won 4-1 over the New York Islanders earlier Thursday.

"Both teams played well, both goalies played well when they had to," said Bourque. "We had a lot a chances to finish - I myself had a few chances - in the third, but we didn't finish. It's definitely tough to lose like that on the first shift of overtime."

Iginla was impressed with the young Chicago duo of Toews and Kane, who were dangerous all night.

"They're having another really good year, they're a big part of their club, and they're a big reason why they've turned it around so quickly as an organization. They've got a lot of things to be excited about in Chicago," said Iginla.

Chicago trailed 1-0 after the first period but got things going in the second.

After Bolland tied it at 1:08 converting his own rebound, Kane gave the Blackhawks the lead at 6:24 on a power play picking the top corner on a shot from the face-off circle with Toews screening in front.

It was just the fourth power-play goal the Flames have surrendered in the last 15 games.

The Flames evened the score two minutes later when Bourque darted down the wing and ripped a shot on goal that Khabibulin got a pad on but Moss was there to fire in the rebound.

After lighting up the scoreboard for nine goals Tuesday night in a 9-2 win in Edmonton, the goals were a lot harder to come by on Friday night.

Doing his part to thwart the potent Blackhawks offence was Kiprusoff, who made 28 saves.

Kiprusoff's busiest stretch came at the start of the game as Chicago, buoyed by an early power play, piled up a 7-1 edge in shots just four minutes into the game.

However, Calgary survived the early barrage and would end up scoring the lone goal when Iginla faked a shot dropping the puck back to Bourque in the slot who snapped a low shot through Khabibulin's pads.

Bourque's 11th goal in 33 games gives him one more than he scored in 62 games with the Blackhawks last season. Bourque was acquired last summer by the Flames in a trade for future considerations.

Notes: Moss ties his personal high of 10 goals set two years ago in his rookie season... Iginla's assist was his 800th career NHL point. ... The Flames aren't on the road again until the new year when they play Nashville on Jan. 3. ... Khabibulin was making consecutive starts for the first time since getting injured Nov. 26 ... It was the first of five home games for the Flames, a stretch that takes them into January. Next up is Anaheim next Tuesday night. Besides the current five-gamer, Calgary has no other homestands longer than three games all season.


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