The Flames couldn’t find an answer for Nikolai Khabibulin, who stopped 30 of 32 shots. The Blackhawks topped the flames 5-3, and ended their record-tying 8-game winning streak in front of a sellout crowd at the Saddledome. It was also the end of Jarome Iginla’s point streak, as he failed to register a goal or an assist. Calgary’s goals were scored by Roman Hamrlik, and Chuck Kobasew. McCarty, Langkow, Amonte and Phaneuf added an assist each in the loss.
While this ends the winning streak for the Flames, this 8 game romp put them on top of the Northwest Division and, more importantly, gave them their confidence back. They had started this season on flat feet, and couldn’t seem to put two good periods of hockey together. That has all changed and the Flames now look to be a team to challenge this year.