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Record comeback- Chicago Blackhawks beat Calgary 6-5

The 3-1-1 Blackhawks continue to make case that they are the best Western Conference team in the NHL. From AP-

Before they could work up a sweat Monday night, the Chicago Blackhawks were trailing the Calgary Flames 5-0.

Their goalie had been benched seven minutes into the game and their fans were giving them an earful for their sloppy play.


The Blackhawks did find a way to fix their situation and pull off an improbable victory against the team they knocked out of the playoffs in the first round last April.

Chicago matched the biggest comeback in NHL history, rallying from the five-goal deficit and beating the Flames 6-5 on Seabrook’s goal 26 seconds into overtime.

“We weren’t playing our game. Once we did, getting forechecking, getting pucks to the net, we realized we could get back in the game and get a win,” Seabrook said.

By rallying from five goals down, the Blackhawks tied the NHL record for biggest deficit overcome, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The previous club record had been a four-goal rally.

“A pretty amazing game,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “From the worst to as good as you can get.”

Seabrook picked up the puck and shot it past Miikka Kiprusoff in the overtime and was mobbed by his teammates as the crowd at the United Center rocked.

“A couple guys skated over the puck and it bounced around a little bit. And I just snuck in there, got control and got the shot,” Seabrook said. It was his first goal this season.

The Flames blistered Chicago goaltender Cristobal Huet with first-period goals by Dustin Boyd, Eric Nystrom and Jarome Iginla in a span of 53 seconds, prompting Quenneville to pull Huet for Antti Niemi.

“We weren’t very good in front of him. We know our goaltending has got to be better,” Quenneville said.

But Niemi didn’t fare much better early on, giving up two more quick goals as the Flames built a 5-0 lead. Calgary’s five-goal rampage came on just six shots and took only 5:29.

But the Blackhawks regrouped. They got second-period goals from Patrick Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and Dave Bolland to rally within 5-4.

Patrick Sharp’s goal, when he deflected in a shot by teammate Duncan Keith, tied the game at 5-5 five minutes into the final period and sent the United Center into a frenzy.

The Flames were shut out in the final two periods and the overtime.

Chicago, who outshot Calgary 39-20, broke the franchise’s previous biggest comeback record set in a 1989 game against Winnipeg.

These Blackhawks look for real to me. Most hockey players(and their diehard fans) would give up after falling behind 5-0.

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The 3-1-1 Blackhawks continue to make case that they are the best Western Conference team in the NHL.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? They need to deal with they goal tending situation–big time.

The offense can’t play like that every night–they’ll be toast by Thanksgiving.

Posted by Triumph | October 15, 2009 | 07:14 pm | Permalink

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