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Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta wins for NHL start

Nov 28, 2013, 1:40 AM EDT

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It was all going so well for the Calgary Flames, poised to pull off the upset against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Then Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp went to work late in the third period, helping the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind 3-2 win on the road against the rebuilding Flames.

Kane and Sharp scored 56 seconds apart in the third period to erase Calgary’s two-goal lead. The Blackhawks jump back in front of the St. Louis Blues for the Central Division lead by a single point.

With the two teams deadlocked late in the third period, Kane scored the winning goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation to complete the comeback. It was his second of the night. The goal also came off an icing call to the Flames just a few seconds before that, giving the Blackhawks their choice of which line to put out.

It came back to bite the Flames, who took a 2-0 lead earlier in the period on a goal by rookie Sean Monahan.

There’s nights like that where you work really hard for it … You think you deserve it and, in the end, you walk out and get a kick in the butt,” Flames forward Sven Baertschi, as per Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun.

The win was also the first of goalie Antti Raanta’s career – in his first start, no less. The Blackhawks 24-year-old puck stopper made 20 saves, but apparently had to deal with some nerves before the game.

Wait. Did we say nerves?

“Game day naptime was pretty awful. I was having some nightmares,” said Raanta, as per Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

“He made numerous saves he’s not expected to make, but he made them. He was our best player tonight for sure, 100 percent,” said Kane of Raanta, according to Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

  1. slysipops - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    OKAY, SO ANTTI TELLS THE HAWKS THIS AND THEY LET HIM START……GOOD MOVE……

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    The 2 goals were laqrely the result of defensive end breakdowns. Hawks stopped the dumb mistakes, and the game changd quickly.

  3. blackhawkslove - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    I don’t know what’s more surprising; the hawks tenacity or how bad the east is this year?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      What is most surprising is that we somehow shut down the as usual “east is best” media bias at about the 1/4 wway mark, as the results were pretty clear.

      • comeonnowguys - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        You said it. The results had to be this clear to for that to happen. Not that I’m hopeful to see any decent western games on Rivalry Night anytime soon.

        (Enter someone with a schedule to prove me wrong? Please?)

  4. sprtsfan1 - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    There’s more hockey fans in the East. This is coming from someone living in Phoenix. Unfortunately, until hockey gets the captured audiences in the West as it has in the East, we’ll have to put up with that East Coast bias.

    • hawksin5 - Nov 28, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      This is true. Its basically Chicago, WInnipeg, and Vancouver, VS. Toronto, Montreal, New York, Boston, and Detroit. OUCH

  5. jpat2424 - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Cup hangover my ass

  6. jhuck92 - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Kane likes that little turnaround-backhand. I think that’s becoming his move.

  7. slysipops - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    ANTTI looks like he could be a very great piece that was missing in the puzzle ! GO HAWKS GO !

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