The Flames strike for two in a 3-2 win courtesy Todd Bertuzzi who scores in overtime to help his team mates end this road trip in a positive light. Alas it had been challenging to keep the Wilds on guard as Gaborik tied the game at the 15.17 mark of the third; nonetheless, the Flames had persevered. With the well earned two points, they have clinched the 3rd spot in the western division as they come home to host the Chicago Blackhawks.
According to current standings, the Blackhawks (16-6-7) rank fourth in the western conference with a total of 39 points. They are 6-5-3 when playing on the road. Consistent with these stats, the Flames are 18-11-3 and have accumulated a total of 39 points as well. On a cautionary note, they had lost to the Hawks 1-6 on November 9th. In terms of advantage, they have a home record of 9-4-2 and the benefit of home ice. More importantly, if Mikka Kiprusoff stands tall as he did against the Wilds, a victory may be within reach but not without the contributory efforts of all five players on ice. Albeit the Flames penalty killing is remarkable at 85.52%, but capitalizing on man advantages will be optimal as the Hawksâ€™ penalty killing averages 83.87%. By and large, it will be a significant game for the Flames and hopefully they can sustain their winning streak to three games in a row.
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