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Blackhawks drop fourth in a row, suffer 5-4 OT loss vs. Flames

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Updated: January 29, 2014 1:10AM



CALGARY, Alberta — After the Blackhawks’ fourth loss in a row, it’s backup goalie Antti Raanta’s turn under the microscope.

Defenseman TJ Brodie scored at 2:26 of overtime Tuesday to give the Flames a wacky 5-4 victory.

The Hawks have failed to score in 18 overtimes.

It’s the Hawks’ first four-game skid since the 2012 Ice Show trip when they lost nine in a row. They’re tied for first in the Central Division with the Blues, but St. Louis has three games in hand.

“We’ve got enough assets in there that in overtime we’ve got to find a way to make it happen,” coach Joel Quenneville said.

By the third period, both teams had made a goaltending change. Raanta was yanked in favor of Corey Crawford, who entered after Mikael Backlund had bagged his second goal to put the Flames up 4-2 at 10:25 of a mistake-filled second period that epitomized the night.

Flames center Matt Stajan scored the first goal of the second period at 3:21 before Backlund netted a short-handed goal on the Hawks’ only power play.

But Flames goaltender Reto Berra did his best to keep the Hawks in the game in the second.

Ben Smith scored on a wrister from the top of the slot at 13:12 that appeared to catch Berra off guard. Then Marian Hossa tied the game at 4 with a short-handed goal at 17:33.

Flames coach Bob Hartley replaced Berra with Karri Ramo after the second intermission.

Quenneville said the Flames’ two goals in the first period — Backlund at 1:13 and Lance Bouma at 11:34 — bothered him the most.

“Feels pretty bad,” Raanta said. “Our guys were playing good. We scored four goals. So that’s enough to win a game. It always feels bad when you can’t help the team and you can’t make the key saves. So I hope guys don’t get frustrated.”

Bryan Bickell, who was benched against the Jets, had some nice moments in the first period, shooting wide on one trip into the offensive zone and unleashing a check that nearly resulted in a goal by defenseman Duncan Keith. But he didn’t have a major impact.

A would-be goal by Marcus Kruger that wasn’t credited at 5:37 in the second period was game-defining. Before Kruger scored, the play had been whistled dead. That was confirmed upon review.

“I don’t know if it’s good to go through this now so we can learn from it and maybe have something to look back on later in the season,” Patrick Kane said. “But we have to play better. Sometimes a good effort isn’t good enough.”

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