By Kelsie Plesac
The Blackhawks defeated the Calgary Flames 3-1 in their final regular season game at the United Center, where fan appreciation night was being celebrated. Fans certainly appreciated the outcome of the game as they wait to see which team their Hawks will take on in the first round of playoffs.
The Blackhawks dominated the first period. Their first goal came from Patrick Kane at 9:34. This was Kane’s 23rd goal of the season and was assisted by Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith. Not to be outdone, at 13:02 captain Jonathan Toews also tallied his 23rd goal of the season at 13:02. Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa registered assists.The Flames would cut the lead in half in the second period with a short-handed Chris Butler goal on a Blackhawks power play.
However, in the third period Marcus Kruger restored the two-goal lead with his first goal in 32 games at 7:06. This goal would be the last of the night.
The Blackhawks are in action again Saturday night in Saint Louis for their last-regular season game before beginning the playoffs as the number one seed.