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Toews scores twice as Blackhawks edge Flames

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jonathan Toews' first two career playoff goals

were much more than a personal milestone for the 20-year-old

Chicago Blackhawks captain.

The first one got his team back in the game.

The second one, with just 24 seconds to go in the second period,

put Chicago ahead as the Blackhawks rallied for a 3-2 victory

over Calgary on Saturday night in the Western Conference


Now with Toews and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin leading the

way, the Blackhawks hold a 2-0 lead with Games 3 and 4 of the

best-of-7 series in Calgary on Monday and Wednesday.

"It's not always the way we drew it up," Toews said after

Chicago got off to a slow start and then came from behind to win

for the second straight game. "We knew there was a lot of hockey


Toews' second goal of the period came on a rebound with only 24

seconds remaining in the second and made it 3-2.

"It was kind of a fresh start for us. It was a great second

period and an even better third, knowing we held them off for so

long," Toews added. "The last two games have been incredible


When Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff stopped a hard slapper from the

left circle by Dave Bolland, the puck bounced off of him. Toews

was right there to knock it in and give the young Blackhawks the


Khabibulin made it stand up with some stellar stops in the third

before finishing with 30 saves. Kiprusoff also stopped 30 shots.

"We established a good road game. We took the lead, played with

a lot of authority in the first period," Calgary coach Mike

Keenan said. "We expected them to come back and push us hard,

which they did. ... We didn't respond like we needed to. They

were able to take the game back in the second period."

Jarome Iginla and Adrian Aucoin gave the Flames a 2-0 lead in

the opening period, momentarily quieting another raucous crowd

at the United Center. But for a second straight game the Flames

couldn't hold a lead.

"We didn't make plays on the puck and we were getting pushed off

it. That's unacceptable," Iginla said. "Nobody's happy here. We

know we let not only one game, but two games slip away and we'll

see what we can do and what we're capable of."

Chicago responded with the power-play goal from Toews early in

the second and a tying score from Patrick Sharp before taking

the lead.

"Down 2-0 in your own building is not anything you are looking

for," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "I liked the way we

battled back. ... After the first period we weren't happy. We

knew we had a power play in our back pocket. That was pivotal

for us. We got some huge momentum off that."

The Flames were 0-for-43 on the power play over their final 10

regular-season games and 0-for-3 in Game 1 before Iginla

converted. Dion Phaneuf fired a shot from the point, and after

teammate Mike Cammalleri had a chance in-close, Iginla followed

in the rebound past Khabibulin for a 1-0 lead.

With both teams a man down, the Flames made it 2-0 when former

Blackhawks defenseman Adrian Aucoin shoveled in a shot from the

crease after the puck bounced off Chicago defenseman Duncan

Keith's stick and went under Khabibulin.

But on a power play 46 seconds into the second period -- the

penalty started near the end of the first -- Toews took a nice

diagonal pass from Sharp and easily pushed it past Kiprusoff to

cut it to 2-1.

"That to me was the big goal of night for us. It ignited the

building and ignited our team," Quenneville said.

Sharp tied it with just under six minutes to go in the second

when he streaked to the net ahead of the Calgary defense and

took a pass from Patrick Kane for the goal.

Khabibulin then turned away four shots on a Flames power play,

and minutes later Toews put Chicago ahead.

Early in the final period it was Khabibulin making a great save

on a close-in attempt by Olli Jokinen and another with his leg

minutes later to stop Rene Bourque to keep Chicago ahead.

He made another big stop with 1:47 left when he turned away

another shot by Jokinen.

"He was spectacular," Quenneville said of Khabibulin, who beat

Calgary in the 2004 Stanley Cup finals while with Tampa Bay.

Just like Game 1, Calgary came out aggressively and banged the

Blackhawks around on the boards. Chicago's Martin Havlat, who

scored two goals in the opener including the winner 12 seconds

into overtime that provided a 3-2 victory, was a prime target

for the Flames' hard checking, as was Kane.


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