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Nylander nets 2, Blackhawks beat Flames 8-4 to snap skid

by Ace Damon
Nylander nets 2, Blackhawks beat Flames 8-4 to snap skid

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Alex Nylander scored two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks scored five straight losses with an 8-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Jonathan Toews, Dominik Kubalik, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Kirby Dach also scored for Chicago (26-24-8).

After entering two goals in his 34 previous games, Nylander scored twice in the second, as Chicago took advantage of several defensive errors to overcome the Flames 4-1 in the period, despite having overtaken 14-7.

Sam Bennett and Elias Lindholm scored twice for Flames (30-24-6). Calgary lost five straight games at home.

Saad broke a tie with 2 alls at 4:24 of the second and Nylander gave the Blackhawks their first two-goal lead just over a minute later, attacking Dillon Dube in a bad distribution in front of Dillon and defeating David Rittich with a move to his backhand.

With goalkeeper Cam Talbot in relief, Nylander scored 6-3 at 18:14 with the second of two goals from Chicago in 27 seconds. Another tour of the Flames behind the net led newcomer Matthew Highmore to install Nylander in the slot.

The Flames entered the night at the first wild card point at the Western Conference. While they still have other teams to go through, Chicago drew six points from Calgary with two games in hand.

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