Game 2 started the same way as game one did for the Flames. Unfortunately it ended in a similar way with the Chicago Blackhawks winning 3-2.
After coming out strong in the first period and scoring 2 goals, the Flames were not able to contain the young Chicago stars who scored 3 goals in the 2nd period to put them ahead for good.
Jarome Iginla opened the scoring 7:44 into the game with Calgary’s first powerplay goal in 12 games. Adrian Aucoin made it 2-0 after banging in a rebound with less than 5 minutes to play in the first period.
With one minute left in the first period, Jordan Leopold was sent to the penalty box for tripping. The Flames managed to kill off the first half of the powerplay, but Jonathan Toews made them pay less than a minute into the 2nd period with his first-ever playoff goal. The Chicago captain scored on a beautiful through-the-seem feed from Patrick Sharp and put his team on the board. More importantly, the goal gave the Hawks a lot of momentum that they carried throughout the 2nd period.
Sharp added another goal 6 minutes later to tie the game at 2-2, and Toews scored the game winner with only 24 seconds remaining in the 2nd period. Toews 2nd goal was eerily similar to Martin Havlat’s first goal in game one. Toews split through 2 Flames defencemen and banged in a rebound from just outside the crease. The goal was the result of hard work and a defensive breakdown from the Flames.
The Flames return to the Saddledome for game 3 on Monday night and game 4 on Wednesday. Expect the “C of Red” to be in full effect as the Flames look to tie the series at 2-2 before heading back to Chicago next week.